The winners of the free competition will receive a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS for Music Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level.
Two runners-up will also be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.
Submissions can be made from 9am Monday 18 January until 5pm Monday 25 January 2016 on the Glastonbury website.
Recent Emerging Talent Competition entrants include R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice and BBC Sound Of 2016 nominee) and young rapper Isaiah Dreads. Last year’s winner was singer-songwriter Declan McKenna.
To enter, acts will need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud – which is free to join – plus a link to a video of themselves performing live.
Vanessa Reed, executive director of PRS for Music Foundation, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for up-and-coming music creators from across the UK to get vital support at an early stage in their music careers, to develop their talent and also perform at the iconic Glastonbury festival. We’re looking forward to seeing which talented new artists apply.’
Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: ‘New music has always been a huge part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has become an incredible way for us to discover – and help draw attention to – the very latest talent.’
Once the entries are in, a panel of 40 of the UK’s top music writers will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges before the live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April.