How to Enter
Post a 1-minute video of yourself singing an original song on Instagram using the hashtags, #iamnewandnext and #contest. 3 finalists will be selected to perform on Center Stage at the 2019 Essence Festival®.
- Vocal technique/ability
- Originality of the song
FINALIST NEXT STEPS
Finalists will be notified on Monday, June 6th via Instagram DM. They will also be featured in an announcement article on essence.com.
Finalists will be responsible for their hotel and travel fare to New Orleans, LA for the 2019 ESSENCE Festival®, July 4th-7th.
The finalists will perform on Center Stage on Saturday, July 6th. The winner will be determined based on the highest noise level/excitement that that is ignited from the audience.
2 tickets for 3 nights of Superdome concerts
2 VIP All-Access Passes in the Superdome for 1 night of Festival
Opportunity to compete live on Center Stage for the ”2020 New & Next ESSENCE Festival Artist” title