| Registration process for the Seoul Drum Festival


■ Application period : May 2 (Monday), 2022 – May 20 (Friday), 2022, by 6 pm (KST)

■ Eligible participants : Drum lovers; Anyone with passion for the drum
- Application available as a solo drummer or as a team (band)
- Participation of Student Category (elementary/middle/high school) and General (Amateur) Category is open to anyone living in South Korea.
- Participation of General (Professional) Category is open to people all over the world.



Online application
May 2 (Monday), 2022 – May 20 (Friday), 2022, deadline by 6 pm
arrow Pre-screening (online screening) result will be announced on May 24 (Tuesday), 2022 arrow Semi-Final Round (Nodeulseom Live House) on June 4 (Saturday), 2022, 3 pm arrow Final Round (Nodeulseom Outdoor Stage) on June 17 (Friday), 6:30 pm
On the homepage of the Seoul Drum Festival, fill out the application form “2022 Seoul Drum Festival and hand it in online. 3 people (teams) by Student/General Category will be selected: 15 people (teams) in total.
Semi-finalists will be contacted through the homepage and individually
Audience invitation & Live streaming on YouTube
※ Overseas participants changed to online submission
Live streaming on YouTube
Overseas judges screening + Real-time voting
Online application
May 2 (Monday), 2022 – May 20 (Friday), 2022, deadline by 6 pm
On the homepage of the Seoul Drum Festival, fill out the application form “2022 Seoul Drum Festival and hand it in online.
Pre-screening (online screening) result will be announced on May 24 (Tuesday), 2022 3 people (teams) by Student/General Category will be selected: 15 people (teams) in total.
Semi-finalists will be contacted through the homepage and individually
Semi-Final Round (Nodeulseom Live House) on June 4 (Saturday), 2022, 3 pm Audience invitation & Live streaming on YouTube
※ Overseas participants changed to online submission
Final Round (Nodeulseom Outdoor Stage) on June 17 (Friday), 6:30 pm Live streaming on YouTube
Overseas judges screening + Real-time voting

| Participation Category


■ Student (elementary/middle/high school) & General (Amateur/Professional) : 5 Categories in total

Participant division Participant application
Student Elementary school Elementary school students living in Korea / Age group (8 to 13)
Middle school Middle school students living in Korea / Age group (14 to 16)
High school High school students living in Korea / Age group (17 to 19)
General Amateur Amateur drummers living in Korea who are not majors of drum
Professional Those who majored in drum regardless of where they live & Drummers all over the world with performance career

※ Amateur applicants may be classified into the “Professional” Category for screening, according to the decision of the judges.

| Participant application process


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Film your video of drum playing Upload it on YouTube Click the link “Participant application” on our official Homepage Fill out the application form and submit it (Write the YouTube URL link)

| Participant Application Rules


Category Performance Video length
Student Elementary/Middle/high school One piece of drum playing according to your preference Approx. 90 seconds
General Amateur
Professional Two pieces of drum playing according to your preference
* Including one unedited one-take video without any audio editing or video editing
No more than 3 minutes

① The video must be filmed or posted within the last 6 months, and it must ensure clear verification of your identity.
※ If your identity verification is not possible after comparing it with the submitted ID photo, your participation will be excluded from the evaluation process.
② It must be a solo drum playing or band performance video (MR or electronic music is allowed), and the screening and evaluation will focus on drum performance.
③ It is prohibited to register/upload a video of another person by proxy on your behalf. If this case is confirmed, your application or award may be cancelled.

| Criteria for screening


Student Category: The final rank will be announced on the “Final Round” stage after the evaluation of judges of the Semi-Final Round.

General Category: The final rank will be decided after adding up the scores of the judges of the Semi-Final Round, scores of overseas judges and voting scores of the audience.
Scores of judges (50%) + Scores of overseas judges (30%) + Voting scores of the audience (20%)

※ Barometer for screening: Artistic value + Techniques + Originality/Creativity + Performance
※ The evaluation score will not be publicly announced, and the barometer for screening and distribution of scores are subject to change partially.



| Contest program process


Division Pre-screening result announcement Semi-Final Round Final Round
Schedule May 24 (Tuesday) June 4 (Saturday) June 17 (Friday)
Screening Internal screening On-site demonstration On-site demonstration + Global online audience voting
Student Elementary school Selection of 3 teams by Category among participation applicants (teams) The same piece from the Pre-screening is also acceptable. Playing within 3-4 minutes There is no performance.
Announcement of the ranks + Awards ceremony
Middle school
High school
General Amateur The same piece from the Pre-screening is also acceptable.
Playing within 5 minutes
The same piece from the Semi-Final Round only
Playing within 5 minutes & awards ceremony
Professional A piece different from the Pre-screening only Playing within 5 minutes

■ General (Professional) Category

• Overseas Participants who have passed the pre-screening, participate in semi-final round by online video submission
  - Separate notice will be given to the participants who have passed pre-screening
  - Record the video with the song different from pre-screening
  - Submit the video online before 31st May, 18:00 (KST)
• Participate in final round in Korea on 17th June (provide flight ticket and accommodation)

| Criteria for screening


Student Category: The final rank will be announced on the “Final Round” stage after the evaluation of judges of the Semi-Final Round.

General Category: The final rank will be decided after adding up the scores of the judges of the Semi-Final Round, scores of overseas judges and voting scores of the audience.
Scores of judges (50%) + Scores of overseas judges (30%) + Voting scores of the audience (20%)

※ Barometer for screening: Artistic value + Techniques + Originality/Creativity + Performance
※ The evaluation score will not be publicly announced, and the barometer for screening and distribution of scores are subject to change partially.



| Awards


Participation division Award category Number of winners Awards
Student Elementary/Middle/High school Grand Prize / Gold Prize / Silver Prize 1 person (team) Award of the Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government
General Amateur Grand Prize 1 person YAMAHA DTX6K2X electronic drum set
Gold Prize 1 person YAMAHA Recording Custom Aluminum Snare Drum RAS1455
Silver Prize 1 person YAMAHA Tour Custom Snare Drum TMS1465
Professional Grand Prize 1 person [Domestic privilege]
2023 SDF main stage “Rising Star” performance
[Overseas privilege]
Free air ticket and accommodation voucher for the Final Round stage
YAMAHA Stage Custom Hip Kit and set
Gold Prize 1 person YAMAHA Recording Custom Brass Snare Drum RRS1465
Silver Prize 1 person YAMAHA High-end Pedal FP9C