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Enter the New Music Competition

The New Music Competition is a celebrated part of St Kilda Festival since 2007, and has hosted acts that have become some of the country’s most notable artists including Baker Boy, Missy Higgins, Client Liaison, Bad Bangs and more.

We recognise the importance of promoting opportunities for emerging musicians, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions. For the very first time, in 2022 the New Music Competition will be presented online.

  • Six selected acts will be invited to perform live at St Kilda venue MEMO Music Hall prior to the Festival and have their performance filmed.
  • A showcase of their performance will be streamed across the Festival’s channels during the Festival period from 5 – 13 February, 2022 and audiences will be encouraged to vote for their favourite act.
  • The crowd favourite will take home a $5,000 cash prize, as well as an invitation to perform at the St Kilda Festival Main Stage in 2023.
  • All artists will have access to the professionally recorded footage of their performance and interview which they can use for their own marketing and documentation.

To be eligible all, members of the group must live in Victoria and be available to perform a 30-minute set of original material at MEMO Music Hall in St Kilda on 17 and 18 November 2021. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before completing your application.

Applications close Monday 18 October 2021 and late submissions will not be accepted.

For further details, please contact the Festival team.

Click here to open the Entry Form in a new window.

Port Royal, 2019 winners of the New Music Competition