MORE THAN A MUSIC COMPETITION
Sometimes big dreams pay off. If you’ve ever dreamed of performing for thousands and winning a record deal, the annual Open Mic UK music competition – the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK – is for you.
Auditions for Open Mic UK’s national music competitions start in August and, every year, more than 10,000 people enter, from singers and singer/songwriters to rappers and vocal groups. All genres are welcome at these music competitions, and acts can perform covers or their original songs.
THE UK’S PREMIER MUSIC COMPETITION FOR UNSIGNED ACTS
But it’s not just a music competition – it’s a fantastic opportunity to show off your talent to music industry professionals, develop as an act, and gain valuable media attention and exposure. If you make it through the music competition auditions to the live shows, you’ll perform to large audiences and music industry judges at some of the country’s top music competition venues, with past Grand Finals being held at The NEC in Birmingham and within The O2 in London!
Thanks to its nationwide status as a leading music competition, Open Mic UK gives acts from all over the country the chance to compete, receive music industry feedback and grow to be the UK’s best on the mic.
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One of the toughest things about breaking into the music industury is getting in front of industry professionals. Music industry judges are at every stage of Open Mic UK's music competitions, from the auditions to the grand final, and last year's competition featured judges from Modest Managerment, Universal Music and Sony. Read more about our music competition judges.
BIG PRIZES UP FOR GRABS
The Open Mic UK music competition offers thousands of pounds worth of prizes, including free photos and films of your performance and recording studio time. The overall winner of Open Mic UK wins studio time to record their debut album and a video for the best single, plus extensive media promotion from a professional PR company. Find out more about our music competition prizes.
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Anyone can enter the Open Mic UK music competition. So if you think you have the raw talent to impress industry professionals, and if you’d like to receive feedback that’ll help you grow as an artist, we want to hear from you.
All types of singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocal groups are welcome to audition for the music competition, and the aim is to discover and develop acts that have the ability to become a professional recording artist.
Open Mic UK gives you the chance to develop your stagecraft, vocal abilities and professionalism. So, whatever level of singer you are, we’ll provide valuable feedback and help you develop. International sensation Birdy is one of our previous winners, which shows the kinds of doors this music competition can open. Next year, it could be you.
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