Each year as part of the project we organise a countywide music contest, which is 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.

the format

Round One: A selection panel made up of industry experts will review each entry.

Round Two: Those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a heat, (dates tbc)

Round Three: Winners of each heat plus one wild card (chosen by the judges) will go through to a Grand Final. Dates are

Solo Acts Final tbc (Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford)

Bands Final Saturday March 28th 2020 (Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester)


Firstly artists will be judged on Professionalism, one part being communication (so this starts the moment you send in a entry) but carries through to the live heats where we view attitude, co-operation & punctuality.  At each heat & final there will be three independent judges that will each score the artists over three further categories, Performance, Originality & Songwriting.   At the live heats & final the audience also get to vote for their top two artists with the one with most votes awarded 3 pts, 2nd place 2pts and 3rd place 1 point. These are added to scores from the four categories

Who can apply?

Entry is FREE and the contest is open to artists of any age, any genre and all types (i.e solo, duo or band). Artists must have at least one musician based in Essex and have at least one original song.

prizes include:

  • 3 days Recording Time (courtesy of Hermit Studio's)
  • Single Release
  • Music Video

how to enter

Well it's easy - simply fill in the application form on this page and submit or you can send a demo to: Undiscovered, c/o The Hermit, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG

application form