Young musicians are being given a chance to shine through an X Factor-style search for talent.
The 3Music Young Artist event is taking place for the ninth year and involves open auditions across the East Herts area throughout March.
The project is organised by Inspirational Arts in conjunction with East Herts Council.
Young people between the ages of 11-19 take part in a series of open auditions and those who are successful are then given a chance to work with industry experts and receive vocal tuition at workshops, before auditioning again for a chance to perform at the final showcase.
Linda Haysey, executive member for health, housing and community support at East Herts Council, said: “3Music gives young people the chance to shine. Over the years it has successfully acted as a starting block for many young performers seeking a career in the theatre and music industry.”
The final showcase will take place at the Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, in July as part of the county’s Olympic torch relay celebration Heart of Flame.
An overall winner will be chosen and will win a recording session with a top music producer, publicity shots and the chance to perform at local high profile festivals.
The 3Music project has resulted in success stories in the past. The 2006 winner Jade Williams, known as Sunday Girl, has been signed to Universal Records and is enjoying chart success and the 2011 winner Samantha Grint is currently recording an album, which is set to be released later in the year.