Founded in 2009, Undiscovered Music Project was born out of a common goal of a small group of promoters who all shared a passion for supporting live music. Working under the banner The Essex Music Network (EMA), each year as part of the project we organise a countywide music contest, split into two categories Solo Acts & Bands.

However this is more than just a contest, it's an opportunity to showcase yourselves to industry professionals, network with other musicians and make contact with promoters. It is a contest run by industry people all offering their time (for free) to help new & emerging local artists.

As more and more music professionals have become part of the EMA , Undiscovered has become a continuing project rather than a just an annual contest and now forms part of the core work of the Essex Music Development Agency.

Our aims are:

  • Help artists to get gigs
  • Offer artists development sessions
  • Offer practical advice and share information
  • Help raise artists profile