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Competitions Galore for Bands, Musicians & Singers of all standards & styles both online and live!   Plus online games for you to play for fun and competitions to enter for prizes!!

Songwriting, Mixing & Composing Competitions

One of the best ways to get into the industry or gain a record deal is to win a competition, its also a great way to gain feedback on your work from industry bods as well as the public who are often polled for their reactions!!  Many international organisations and companies find their talent via this method and with the possibility of media coverage for your song/act its worth applying.   We will list as many competitions as we can find as & when we find them!  If you are hosting, organising or know of a songwriting, lyric, composing or mixing competition please send us the details so we can include them on the site. If you are looking for Singing and Music Competitions, checkout our associate sites Vocalist Competition Section and Gig Events Guide UK.

Acid Planet's Competitions
Songwriting and Production competitions lCreate your entry following the theme or rules, then upload through the contest page by the deadline

Lynsey de Paul Prize
An opportunity for emerging female singer-songwriters, set up in collaboration with the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, in memory of Lynsey de Paul, an award-winning songwriter, producer and presenter who sadly passed away in 2014. She helped pave the way for other women writers in music and was the first female songwriter to win an Ivor Novello Award, composed 12 top twenty hit records, and achieved success in a business dominated by male songwriters. As a writer and musician, PRS director, and trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, Lynsey was aware of the challenges women face in the music industry. In line with Lynsey’s commitment to supporting women songwriters and musicians, 2000.00 GBP plus mentoring will be available for the Prize winner, and 500.00 GBP each for two runners up, to help them take the next step in their careers. This prize is open to applications from emerging women songwriters, based in the UK, who show great musical ability and promise. The next deadline is 1 August 2017.

Olymp-Arts Music Competition
It punctuates our days, always there, music is an integral part of our lives. Its universality needs no further proof. It’s also as varied, by its instrumentation, that there are cultures. The choice of instrumental music, exclusively, is meant to allow all to hear the harmonies that words could never reproduce. Voice, however, is not completely excluded, as long as it expresses universal sounds containing no words. And there are many. So if you have that, the talent of juggling notes to create a succession of unique emotions, Olymp’Arts will be delighted to listen to you.

SALUTE: New Talent Competition with 50,000 worth of prizes
SALUTE is an alternative to the average UK talent show. To enter the competition, upload your music and video tracks as a solo songwriter or group of writers for 20.00 GBP per track. Any style of music from unsigned artists is welcome (see site for full details).

Online Competitions - Win Prizes!

There are tons of places on the internet that offer games, competitions & prizes, some of which we've taken a look at and tried out!  Heres a selection of sites and competitions that are Free to enter with prizes ranging from mousemats to musical equipment and cars!   We will updated this section as & when we find the competitions.  If you are running a competition and would like a link or info added, please send us the details so we can include them on the site.

International Cochran Piano Competition
The International Cochran Piano Competition is the first online piano competition for adults, focusing on innovation, technology and comprehensive, long-term artistic development. We are looking for authentic, imaginative personalities. Our aim is to open up the opportunity for particularly talented pianists from all over the world to build a sustainable career. The competition’s unique philosophy redefines the proportion between the elements of rivalry and artistic development. ICPC innovative assessment methodology of the participants permits the jury to select mature and sensitive musical talents, without regard to their age or national/ethnic origin.

Win Fender gear, tickets or other goodiess Fender.com! - visit their site and check out the news section for the latest competitions.

Shure Contests - use the search box or visit their Blog to find latest competition information. Also check out the Shure Call for Legends Competition

Win prizes with Sweetwater.com.  Each month this US retailer of musical equipment provides you with the chance to win some nifty gear worth hundreds of dollars.

Band Competitions

Theres plenty to keep the bands occupied with a variety of venues and promoters hosting Battle of the Bands and Band Companies both online and live.

Abbey Road & Metro Battle of the Bands Competition
Your chance to record at Abbey Road Studios! Metro, the UK’s most read newspaper, is joining forces with the world’s most famous recording studio to launch their very own ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition online, pooling together their musical know how in a quest to find the UK’s best unsigned artists and producers, allowing the winner to record in our brand new recording studios – The Gatehouse and The Front Room. Finalists will have their music judged by an expert panel of judges including the legendary Nile Rodgers from Chic, music and arts journalist Malcom Jack and Abbey Road engineer Matt Mysko whose recording credits include works by Frank Ocean, James Blake & Liam Gallagher.

Band of Skulls seeking Support Bands for IVW Jägermeister tour
Unsigned acts may nominate yourself or an artist you like between now and 14th July to join the Band of Skulls 4 date tour in August and September, hosted by Independent Venue Week and Jagermeister. A select panel will listen to the nominations and make the final call on who will join the mini tour in Sheffield, Hebden Bridge, Leicester and Chelmsford.

Breaking the Band
An artist development contest for musicians and bands. Winners receive booking and tour support, press consultation, music distribution, radio play, festival opportunities and more. The contest run by WeAreListtening is open to all artists (bands or solo acts). All genres are accepted with exception to Instrumentals, Lyrics-Only and music containing profanity. Prizes for selected artists include 3 of the following (depending on their circumstances and desires: 15,000 USD value!: Television and Film Placement (3000.00 USD value), College and Community Radio (3000.00 USD value), Press Outlets (3000.00 USD value), Booking and Tour Support (3000.00 USD), Showcase Opportunity (3000.00 USD value). The submission fee is 20.00 (UK Pound Sterling)

Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition
The organisers offer unsigned and unknown acts / bands from Ireland and the UK the opportunity to perform at the annual festival by entering the contest to compete for a chance to perform. The Emerging Talent Competition is supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation opens at the end of January. Acts from any musical genre have just one week to enter via the Glastonbury website by sending a link to one original song on SoundCloud and a link to a video of performing live – even if it’s just in your bedroom which are reviewed by a panel of 40 UK music writers who compile a longlist of 120 acts that are whittled down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April decide the winning act. The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a 5,000.00 GBP Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a 2,500 GBP PRS Foundation Talent Development

Green Man Rising
Enter your band to perform at the Green Man Festival. This years competition is closed, but keep an eye on the website for 2018 applications. We narrow down a set of twenty semi finalists with a select group of key tastemakers, blogs and sites and from the group of 20 semi-finalists, our blogging panel will pick 6 artists who will play at the final. These six artists will play in front of a judging panel made up top decision makers which has previously included MOJO, NME/Beats, The Guardian, 6Music, CAA, Domino Records, United Talent Agency, The Agency Group and Green Man. The 2017 live final will take place on Wednesday 5th July at the Camden Assembly. More information here - http://gmfe.st/rise2017.

Hertford Music Festival Battle of the Young Bands Contest
The call has gone out to young musicians throughout East Herts to battle it out for the top slot in this year’s Hertford Music Festival Battle of the Young Bands contest which takes place throughout May.

Local musicians will be taking time out to be on the panel of judges. Previous star prizes range from a day’s rehearsal time, one day’s free recording, a one-off production, development and promotion deal and the chance to headline at the celebrated Rock at the Castle event in Hertford in August plus GigGear vouchers and automatic entry into the Hertford Music Festival’s Young Musicians Awards.

Runner-up prizes include ‘goodie bags’ containing around £100 worth of guitar strings, straps, amplifier leads and other musicians’ bric-a-brac and half a day’s rehearsal time.

Bands wishing to enter must only post a demo recording on CD or tape, clearly marked BATTLE OF THE YOUNG BANDS, to Kev Saunders at: Hertford Marquee, Marquee Centre, Railway Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1SH. Entry is free and the competition is open to any non-professional bands that live, study or work in East Herts and whose members are mainly aged 14–18 years. All groups from the Battle of the Young Bands will automatically be entered into the Hertford Music Festival’s Overall Best Band Award and will compete against young classical and jazz bands.

The Hertford Music Festival has been one of the County Town’s premier cultural events since its inception in 1994. Henry Sargent MBE, who is still the Festival chairman today, said: “We are delighted with the support from all the sponsors and with the help and funding support of Hertford Town Council, East Herts District Council and the Hertford Marquee Club, it looks as if it is going to be an even greater success”.

The Hertford Music Festival programmes and tickets for many events will be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Market Place, Hertford, from venues and from other designated outlets.

Performers or sponsors wishing to take part in the Hertford Music Festival should contact Festival co-ordinator Kev Saunders on tel 07773 845679 or by e-mail: kev@kevsaunders.co.uk

Highway to V Festival
Do you want to perform at V Festival this summer? Walkabout have teamed up with V Festival, Jack Daniels, and Future Music to run Highway to V Festival; a national battle of the bands competition. Bands and acts from all over the country will battle it out to win a set opening up V Festival on Friday 21st of August to a crowd of around 15,000 people! The winner will also get expenses paid, festival tickets, and spending money to boot! The Highway to V Festival competition will take place from 15th July at selected Walkabout venues across the UK, with the Grand Final taking place in London on Sunday 2nd August to decide the winning act. Think your band or act has what it takes? To enter please email your name, number and closest Walkabout venue to office@futuremusicmanagement.com ASAP to take part in the competition! V Festival takes place in Staffordshire and Chelmsford on 22nd and 23rd August.

Live & Unsigned
Live & Unsigned has proudly grown from a regional competition for the South coast into a National Competition and is the largest talent contest outside TV's X-Factor. Performers from all over the UK have the chance to compete and become the UK's best Live and Unsigned acts. The Live & Unsigned event is not only a competition to find talent, but it also gives bands, groups, Singer/songwriters and singers alike the opportunity to organise and perform as a live act in front of people established within the music industry. The big difference with this competition is that all the Contestants taking part are encouraged to be individual and original which potentially would involve performing their own genre, style, play their own instruments and perform their own song.

The competition is also not a profit orientated project with all revenue being reinvested back into the competition and contestants. The designated charity for 2007 is Crimestoppers which the competition has worked in partnership with including a tour to over 20,000 youngsters around the South of England. This has taken place at the Crimestoppers SNAP (Say no and phone) events giving acts and youngsters alike the opportunity to get involved with something positive and purposeful.

Auditions for the competition will start again in November with auditions planned in; Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London (North), London (South), Manchester, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield and Southampton.

Live Stages "Regional Semi Finals and Finals"
The successful competitors from each regional audition will be asked back to perform at the live stages in the Semi finals in front of an audience and judging panel. This can be a song of the contestant's choice whether it be their own or a cover song.

There are 16 regions planned across the UK which involves some 64 auditions and events, incorporating average attendances of 300-400 people at the semi final events and 600-700 people at the final events, which in turn represents event night performances to over 21,600 people for the Live stages.

As the Live and Unsigned competition progresses and the competition gets tougher it's creating many opportunities within the entertainments industry, which in turn is progressively populating the attendance of many artistically and musically professional judges.

Grand National Final
The competition is all geared towards its contestants making the showcase Grand National Finals which is the showpiece of the whole event, with guest celebrities performing live on stage this makes for a truly memorable occasion for everyone involved. The last two years this event has been held at Portsmouth Guildhall and sold out weeks in advance to a 2,000 capacity crowd.

All contestants making the Grand final not only get the chance to perform in front of a capacity crowd and support the celebrity acts, they also get the opportunity to record their song in a recording studio and work alongside a highly experienced vocal coach and music production team. Attending The Grand final are many guests who are recognised within the music industry, they are all looking for different acts so this is a golden opportunity for all the artistes involved to present themselves.

The winners
The Live and Unsigned competition has winners in categories of best individual female, male and Best Live & Unsigned band 2007. With the overall adult winner of the competition receiving a management contract from Future Music incorporating an initial investment of £20,000 invested in them with a view to develop the contestant towards a career in music.

All winners will have the opportunity to tour and perform at as many as 50 gigs across the South including some well known festivals, with the overall aim of getting them signed to a major record label.

The Competition has also been commissioned by ITV for their new broadband channel and there will be a series broadcast from the early spring www.itvlocal.tv

Regardless of the level that all the contestants achieve Live And Unsigned competition has been created to provide a professional platform of opportunity, for all ages so they can express themselves in a positive manner. Whether it be winning or just competing, contestants can gain an awful lot of experience from this competition which also gives them a platform to promote themselves and others around them.

Also for more information go to the web page www.LiveandUnsigned.uk.com

National Brass Band Championships
The ‘National’, as it is often referred to, is brass banding’s equivalent of the football league – a first-past-the-post Championship involving some 600 bands in eight ‘Regional’ qualifying heats staged up and down the UK, plus two ‘Finals’ events. The National Brass Band Championships, which have existed since 1945 in their current format, are split into five sections – Championship Section, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections – and eight qualifying regions in the UK. These are the London and Southern Counties Region, the Midlands, the North of England, the North West. Scotland, Wales, the West of England and Yorkshire. Depending upon the number of bands entered into each section in each region, the top two, three and sometimes four placed bands qualify for a place in the ‘Finals’, held in the autumn each year. The Lower Section Finals, showcasing sections 1 – 4, are held at the Centaur in Cheltenham in September, and the Championship Section Final is held in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, in October. The first four bands in the Championship Section Final secure automatic entry for the following year’s equivalent event and the results of the Regional Championships not only determine the bands that qualify for an invitation to the National Finals, but also their gradings for the following year’s Regional Championships.

Soundwave Music Competition
A national talent search in the form of a prestigious music competition in a bid to find the best music within the UK. We are dedicated to building music careers and the development and interests of our artist roster, discovered through our auditions. On our tour to locate and celebrate the finest music talent in the country we are hosting music competition searches in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool and London setting the standard for music competitions in the UK and working in some of the most prestigious venues the UK has to offer alongside industry leaders. We are open to any music talent including bands, singers, duos, groups, instrumentalists, acoustic acts and DJ's of all genres. Top prizes include a UK Tour, EP Recording, Major Artist Support, Press Coverage, Photo Shoot, Radio Airplay. The competition is set to discover regional winners and one overall national winner. Closing date is 25th August 2017.

SWSX 2018 Showcases
Apply to Participate at SXSW 2018: PanelPicker, Film Submissions, Music Showcases, and More. Be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world! SXSW 2018 applications are now open for PanelPicker, SXSW Film Festival submissions, SXSW Music Festival Showcasing Artist applications, Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, David Carr Prize, and the SXSW Art Program. Learn how to participate in one of the many prestigious SXSW categories. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thatchers Haze & NME Emerging Artists Project
Thatchers Haze & NME have teamed up to give emerging artists a platform to get heard. Do you have the musical expertise of James Blake? Haim's raw sound? The lyrical skills of Skepta? Then get involved. Prizes Include: Studio time worth 10k in a London Studio with producer Murkage Dave, Two EP Release Parties at NME London and Birmingham to be streamed on Facebook, NME Print and Social Media Coverage, Inclusion on NME Apple Music Playlist, EP Distribution on Apple Music on Spotify. You'll keep 100% of your rights and royalties.

UK Blues Challenge
Annual competition organised by the Blues The Challenges are staged in accordance with the guidelines and procedures laid down by the organisers of both the annual International and European Blues Challenges, organised by the Blues Foundation (USA) and the European Blues Union (EBU). UKBlues is the sole Affiliate of the Blues Foundation in the UK and is also an Active Member of the EBU. Our Treasurer, Dave Raven, is also an elected member of the EBU's Board. The winner participates in the European Blues Challenge

Whit Friday Brass Band Contests
Often described as 'the greatest free show on Earth', the Saddleworth & District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday. Your next opportunity is Friday 25 May, 2018. The contests are open to all-comers. So the local youth bands get to match their skills against the top bands of the country. For bandsmen, the dash from contest to contest makes for an exhilarating (though exhausting) evening. This is a major event in the brass band calendar and bands travel the length of the country to participate, some even turning up from overseas.