The quietest members of the music community will step into the limelight tomorrow, with the University of Wollongong's Unibar hosting the second annual UOW acoustic competition.
Organiser Broden Tadros said there were few opportunities for acoustic musicians to play live and gain exposure for their work in the region.
"Last year I organised the event for a public relations class, and I was really pleased with how it went," he said.
"It felt like there was a void for this type of thing. It was a new concept that had never been tried here before so we didn't know how it would go, but the reception was great."
More than 10 musicians have already signed up to perform, with donation entries for spectators to go towards beyondblue.
The acoustic competition will also act as the official launch for the newly formed UOW Music Society, of which Tadros is president. Established earlier this year, Tadros said the society aimed to promote and publicise music and concerts in the region.
"Again it just felt like there was a void for this sort of thing, to be a network between musicians and music lovers and promoters," he said.
"Everyone's passionate about live music, it is such a big contribution to Wollongong nightlife, but lots of people don't know when and where it happens."
The Music Society is behind ventures such as The Den evenings at City Diggers, the Bear Media music blog, a planned regular open mic night at the Unibar, and a new Lounge Room Acoustic Sessions concept.
"We get people to lend their house and lounge room, get some people playing guitars and singing for this really nice intimate environment," Tadros said.
"The first one we did was such a unique atmosphere. We wanted to build that intimate vibe, and this was a great way to do it."
The UOW acoustic competition is at the Unibar tomorrow night from 6pm.