Calling all singers! Seeking performers of all skill levels and vocal styles. Including 4 age divisions from Kids to Adults.

 

Supported by top industry professionals, aspiring singers receive constructive feedback and professional film production & photography of their performances.

 

Locations include Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

 

MAJOR PRIZES
MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES

Since our launch in 2012, we have awarded over $250,000 of value in prizes including music videos, studio equipment, recording deals, and photoshoots.

Our most notable prize is our Cover Band Concert, which gives our winners the opportunity to star in their very own live show with a band!

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HOW TO ENTER 

Applications currently closed

  1. Audition: Supply a video/or audio recording of yourself singing. This can be a previous performance or just you having a sing at home!
     

  2. Complete the online application form where you can select your state, division, and link us to your audition video.
     

  3. Wait to hear back from Take the Mic to see if you're successful & further information about your live performance.

 

Before applying please make sure you've read the information pack including all rules, competition breakdown, and terms & conditions! 

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON

CALLUM FRANCIS is an international musical theatre star, best known for his portrayal as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway, London's West End, and the Australian Tour.

KATIE WESTON Pop/Rock vocalist with a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Voice (Melb Uni/MCM), a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition (VCA).

ALINTA CHIDZEY is an acclaimed jazz vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, and musical theatre leading lady. She will soon star in Moulin Rouge the Musical.

 

COMPETITION BREAKDOWN
 

Stage 1  – All successful performers will go straight to the stage – with a live performance in front of a panel of judges & audience.

 

Stage 2  – The Finals: The top 20 of Stage 1 will go through to the final and will perform a new song in front of panel of judges & audience.


Stage 3 – The Grand Final: The top 10 from each division will then have their final live performance.

 

  

SHOW FEE
 

The show fee is only $55 which includes competition entry, personal critique from two professional industry judges throughout the competition journey, and professional video recording and photography of each performance.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

 

There is no obligation to sell tickets or have a minimum audience for this event. Tickets to each performance are $25.


Performers can also opt in for additional judges’ feedback for just $20. This includes personalized written feedback from an additional judge or Take the Mic representative who will review the video of their live performance. They will provide detailed feedback about their score, what they could have done to have progressed in the competition, or what they can do to improve for their final performance.

 

COMPETITION DATES

Applications close November 15

Streamed events will commence late November.


 

AUDITION VIDEO – FUTHER INFORMATION


This singing competition is open to all skill levels & vocal styles. We want to make sure you’re best represented on stage, and place you with singers of similar experience & style. The team are not expecting any sort of professional video production or performance. We just want to get to know you!

 

You can submit a video from a previous performance of yours, or even just record a quick verse/chorus in your bedroom! Although it must be performed with music, like a live instrument or backing track.
 

UPLOADING YOUR AUDITION VIDEO:

 

  1. Upload your audition video to YouTube (no other formats accepted)
     

  2. Make sure the privacy is set to either Public, or Unlisted.
     

  3. Click share, and copy the link into your Take the Mic application.

 

PRIZES
 

Support Prize: Any performer who brings 4 or more audience members to support them, will receive a $100 in value support prize. This could include discounts and vouchers for singing lessons, photography, tickets for live shows, and more.

Winners from each stage will proceed to the next round and receive feedback from two new industry judges, and video production & photography of their next performance.

 

Winners of the Grand Final will receive a package from our prize pool which could include a music video, recording session, cover band concert experience, and more.

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

 

Vocal Quality (out of 10): Application of vocal range, tone, and dynamics

Performance (out of 10): Nonverbal communication and stage presence

Story Telling (out of 5): Connection and meaningful delivery of the lyrics

 

 

SCORING EXAMPLE

 

Vocal Quality: 8/10

Performance: 8/10

Story Telling: 3/5


TOTAL = 19/25

 

 

AUDIENCE VOTING

 

Audience votes will not disrupt the fair nature of judges scores. Audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite performer, and these points will be used for any tiebreakers only.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

HOW MUCH IS THE COMPETITION?

The show fee is only $55 which includes competition entry, personal critique from two professional industry judges throughout the competition journey, and professional video recording and photography of each performance.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS TO THE SHOW?

Tickets are $25.00 each.

 

DO I HAVE TO BRING PEOPLE TO WATCH THE SHOW?

There is no obligation to sell tickets to the show. However, we highly encourage everyone to bring friends/family to watch the performance as the show is designed for a live audience!

 

DO I HAVE EVER HAVE TO PERFORM LIVE?

Yes. All performances are live.

 

WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?
Junior Division 6 – 12
Teen Division 13 – 17

Young Adults 18 - 24

Open Division 25+

WHERE DO I APPLY?

www.takethemic.com.au/apply

 

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE ACCOMPANY ME, OR PLAY A LIVE INSTRUMENT?

No. To keep the competition fair and to focus on vocals, live instruments are not permitted. All performances are to backing tracks only.

CAN THE MUSIC HAVE BACKING VOCALS?
The backing track is NOT permitted to have backing vocals.

 

WHAT IS THE SKILL LEVEL?
Take the Mic is open for all skill levels and vocal styles, for unsigned artists.


I’VE WON A PREVIOUS TAKE THE MIC COMPETITION. CAN I ENTER?

Winners can only reapply if they have no won the grand final, unless they move into a new age division.

 

DO I HAVE BE AUSTRALIAN RESIDENT?
You may apply as long as you live in AU for more than 12 months, and hold a substantive Visa.

 

WHAT SHOULD I SING?
You may sing any style that you are most comfortable with. It must not contain explicit language, and should be appropriate for the age range of your division. From contemporary to musical theatre, the choice is yours. Most importantly, pick a song to entertain your audience.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?

Yes, your song should be below 4.5minutes.

 

CAN I SING AN ORIGINAL?
Yes, we love to hear original work.

CAN I SING ACAPELLA (without music)?

No. Must be with a backing track.


DO I GET TO SEE THE SCORES?
No. We do not find providing the scores constructive, but all performers will receive personal written feedback.

ONE OF MY QUESTIONS ISN’T ANSWERED HERE. WHO CAN I CONTACT?
Please head to the contact form on our website.

We do not accept video submissions by email. You must complete the online form.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 

  • Contestants that are under 18 years old must have permission by their parents to enter the competition and have their performance distributed online.
     

  • Contestants must be unsigned

  • Judges have final decision, and audience votes will not disrupt the fair nature of the scoring.
     

  • Take the Mic reserves the right add/reduce the number of rounds/contestants at any time
     

  • Take the Mic reserves the right to change the live stream dates and times for any reason
     

  • All prizes are subject to availability, expire within 3 months, and may change at any time.
     

  • Contestants must be living in the Australia, for more than 12 months, and have a substantive visa.

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE & CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

 

1.1 MEDIA RELEASE: I give full permission to Take the Mic to use my name and image in any aspect in relation to the singing competition event. I understand that any process of this production may be filmed and photographed, and I give full permission to Take the Mic to use these recordings in all media including print, broadcast, radio, and social media, at any stage during or after the production has concluded. 

 

1.2 CONFIDENTIALITY: I understand and agree to maintain this confidentiality agreement for anything in relation to the company of Take the Mic and its competition event. I agree to keep all aspects of the production confidential, including conversations in person or online, any contracts or documents, music materials, or intellectual property.

 
 

CONTACT US

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