[Our Guide]
Event Rules

1. The cover singers’ categories will be Under 12’s, 13 – 19 (Teens), 20 – 30 and Over 30’s

2. We accept both cover versions and original songs in the above age group categories

3. There are no age restrictions for the other categories

4. Each Vocal act (Singer, MC, Poet) shall perform one act lasting no longer than 5 minutes

5. Each comedy act will have a maximum of 5 minutes

6. Each dance act will have a maximum of 5 minutes.

7. Each band (with instruments) will perform two songs (6 mins each) or act lasting 15 minutes max.

8. Each DJ will have a maximum of 10 minutes

9. No age restriction in the singer/songwriter section but each performer must perform an original track

10. Each film entry must be no longer than 6 minutes. We accept film entries on any format.

11. Each drama/playwright entry must be no longer than 10 minutes

12. Each fashion designer cat walk entry must be no longer than 10 minutes.

13. Art/Design entrants will be showcased in exhibitions at the heats

14. Bollywood entrants can be either vocal or dance performances, maximum 5 minutes

15. Business entrants must submit a business plan related to the creative industry

16. The promoters competition will be judged on the best overall structure and running of a show

17. When you chose a heat, we will then send details of arrival times, sound checks etc.

18. Points out of 10 will be scored on Presentation, Content, Originality and Overall Performance.

19. Each category will be judged separately

20. We reserve the right to immediately disqualify performers using foul or lewd language or music.

21. Heat winners will go through to the UK UNSIGNED Semi-Finals

22. The Finals will be made up of participants within separate categories.

23. There will be a range of prizes which includes:

· Recording Contract with Real Talk Productions

· Performance @ Rebel Salute, Jamaica, for the Song For Jamaica winner

· The UK UNSIGNED Trophy for all Category Winners

· £5000 for the overall winner

24. The Membereship fee is non-refundable, £7 for solo acts under 12, £10 for solo acts aged 13 and over, £15 per duo or vocal group of 2 or more.

25. Instrumental band entries are £20 per band

26. The membership fee for entering the film, drama and fashion section is £15

27. The fee entitles you to FREE entry into the network web sites and other associated sites.

28. There is no guaranteed guest list for friends, family, managers or agents of the performers.

29. Advanced tickets for each heat are available from the SABA office. We DO welcome the public to buy tickets to watch each show.

30. To arrange a change of heat, we need a minimum notice period of 1 week.

31. You may enter as many heats as you wish, maximum of 2 categories per heat (e.g vocals & dance)

32. Recorded lead vocals must not be part of your backing music, only chorus / harmonies are accepted.

33. Submitted demos, pictures and bios will not be returned. Material may be submitted to relevant industry personnel at our discretion. We will inform you of any outcomes.

34. We do not accept responsibility for backing tracks used in the competition. All backing tracks should have the name of the contestant and the number of the performance track clearly marked.

35. Any approaches made to artists at our UK UNSIGNED shows must be through SABA.

36. Additional heats or qualifying stages, may be arranged at our discretion.

37. Winners & Finalists must agree to perform at 2 showcases following the finals at SABA’s request. Failure to do so will result in legal action being taken to recover the prize money.

38. SABA reserves the right to broadcast the image worldwide, and in all formats, any of the UK UNSIGNED performers of any of our shows.

39. No filming will be allowed without prior permission of SABA



[Frequently Asked Questions]
Popular Questions

Today, what started as a small competition has turned into an unmissable rendez-vous for talented people across the United Kingdom.

UK UNSIGNED is the biggest producer of showcases and talent development in the UK. It is organized by SABA, a UK registered performing arts charity. The aim of UK UNSIGNED is to promote and develop unsigned UK-based performers by providing them with a platform to showcase their skills to the industry.

UK UNSIGNED has been operating for over 20 years since 1999. Over the years, it has grown from a single showcase to touring over 100 shows around the country each year.

UK UNSIGNED performances take place in various venues, including pubs, community centers, local theaters, clubs, major concert venues, and festivals. The events have been held at notable venues such as the London Astoria, Hackney Empire, Shepherds Bush Empire, and even the Bloodstock Metal Festival. UK UNSIGNED has also provided support at major arenas like the Millennium Dome, Earls Court, and Alexander Palace.

UK UNSIGNED has seen numerous successful performers come through its network. Some notable examples include Leona Lewis, who achieved worldwide music sales and performed at high-profile events like the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony and the O2 arena. Flawless Dancers, who went on a national dance tour with the Royal Ballet and had starring roles in the movie “Street Dance.” Katie Melua, a multi-platinum selling artist and successful singer-songwriter who has had worldwide tours.

UK UNSIGNED includes the following categories: Dance (all genres), Rapper/MC’s, Gospel, SOCA, Afro-Beats, Reggae, Singer/Songwriters (any genre), Teens (cover singers), Under 12’s (cover singers), Poets, Choirs (any genre), and Presenters.

The mission statement of UK UNSIGNED is to “DISCOVER – SHOWCASE – DEVELOP.” The organization aims to discover new talent from communities, provide them with a platform to showcase their skills, and help them develop their talents to their maximum potential.

To be a part of UK UNSIGNED, you can start by registering your profile on their website. Simply click on the “REGISTRATION” option on the top of the homepage of the website.

Yes, UK UNSIGNED offers a UK UNSIGNED Members Support Package at £60 per year. Members receive benefits such as free recording time, promotional videos for their material, and power play opportunities across the UK UNSIGNED broadcast network.

Winners of UK UNSIGNED have the opportunity to perform in showcases around the world. Some of the locations include Hollywood & Atlanta in the USA, Kingston, Jamaica for Reggae Month, Antigua for U Can Dance, and Ibiza for the Afro-Beats winners.

UK UNSIGNED supports its members in turning their talent into income-generating entities. They provide guidance and resources to help members develop their skills and create opportunities for monetizing their talents.

For more information about UK UNSIGNED, you can email info@ukunsigned.co.uk or call the SABA Office on 0208 776 6776.

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