If you're a musical act, it's time to start thinking about The Musical Comedy Awards. Entries are now open for the 2013 contest, with the deadline of 15th December 2012.
Now in their fifth year, The Musical Comedy Awards are fast becoming known by both the industry and the public in general as the place to go to spot new musical talent. The MCAs have provided a launch pad to acts like Frisky & Mannish (2009 finalists), Abandoman (2010 winners) and Jay Foreman (Best Newcomer 2009, who is now touring with Dave Gorman).
The producers say: "Each year we discover amazing musical comedy acts that we have never heard of before and see acts develop their blend of musical comedy in front of packed out audiences of musical comedy fans - we can't wait for our fifth competition!"
Here's footage from the 2012 Bloomsbury Theatre final, to give you a flavour of what it's like should you have not come across the MCAs before:
To enter this year's contest (it's free) you need to post a video of your musical comedy material (up to six minutes long, parodies are allowed) on the MCA's Facebook Page. You've got between now and the 15th December 2012 to do this.
After this, the top 40 entrants will be selected by a panel of judges and entered into the heats stage. These shows will run between January and March 2013 at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell (London), during the acts to appear at the Grand Final will be selected.
The prize will again be £500 for the winner, plus £200 for the WeGotTickets Best Newcomer, with additional opportunities for finalists to perform at university showcases and at MCA Showcases in Edinburgh and beyond.
For more information, and full terms and conditions visit www.musicalcomedyawards.com
(As an aside, if you want the opportunity to perform in an early heat at the inaugural London Irish Comedy Festival, upload your video before the 6th October with the hashtag 'London Irish Musical Comedy').
MCA's 5th Birthday Extravaganza
Musical comedy fan, rather than act? Or want to see what the winning standard is like before you enter?
Tickets are now on sale for the MCA's fifth birthday party which will see a selection of the very best acts to have graced the MCA stage. The show will take place at the Bloomsbury Theatre on the 20th October 2012. Organiser Ed Chappel says "We cannot wait to launch the fifth competition with a celebration of some of the best acts to have been involved in the MCA so far!"