UK’s biggest unsigned music competition launched with support from the Institute

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce that it will once again be supporting the UK’s biggest unsigned music competition, ‘Live and Unsigned’, which has just been launched for 2012.

With the chance to play at The O2 in London and £100,000 in prizes, Live and Unsigned is set to attract thousands of unsigned musicians when auditions begin in January. The competition has also just announced an additional new main cash prize of £10,000 for the winning act to spend on their development. Other prizes up for grabs include a UK tour, a selection of Blackstar and TC Electronic amps, extensive coverage on MUZU TV and YouTube and a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music including social marketing, image, brand, access to industry contacts and the prospect of festival slots across the UK and the world.

Live and Unsigned is open to all genres. All acts in the competition are auditioned live which is what makes Live and Unsigned so unique, there are no demos or submissions. Acts that make it through the audition stage will get to perform to industry judges, A&R associates and celebrity guests in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Those who make it to the Grand Final will get to share the stage with some of the UK’s best musicians at Live Fest at The O2 in London! Acts on the bill last year included Tinchy Stryder, Zane Lowe, Roll Deep and The Hoosiers.

Judges set to join the panel in 2012 include Radio 1 DJ’s Annie Nightingale, Tom Deacon and Daniel P Carter, Kerrang’s Alex Baker and Happy Mondays star Bez alongside professionals from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Auditions begin again in January 2012 and acts are urged to enter now as places are in high demand and auditions are limited for what will be a great platform for any act or band to showcase their music.

For more information on this event, including how to secure your live audition for 2012 go to:
− Ben Price at Live & Unsigned, 01142 321 993

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