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The Ukulele Contest
~4ALL~

About

Our main concept is to deliver the sounds of the 4 strings of ukuleles to all people.

A ukulele video and photo contest that evolved from “the Ukulele Contest”, now with four different departments (the technique department, performance department, commercial department, and photo department). In order to allow more people to partake in the contest, all submitted video and photo contents will be evaluated online.

Schedule

July 28th (Sat) – Entries begin
October 20th (Sat) – Entries close
October 31st (Sun) – Voting/likes close
Early November – Announcement of Results

Looking forward to your participation!!

About our logo

To pay homage to the logo of “the Ukulele Contest”, we incorporated a rainbow into our logo. The four lines represents not only the “4” in the name of our contest and the 4 strings on a ukulele, but also diversity, and the online aspect of the contest.

There will be a participation prize!!

About Departments

About Departments

  • TechniqueDepartment

    By watching your submitted video of under 3 minutes, we will examine your overall technical skills by looking at musical expression, showmanship, and playing techniques! This department will be split into 3 different categories; Instrumentals, Performances with singing, and U-15 (for junior-high schooler or younger).

    • Evaluation Criteria

      -How emotional and moving your performance is.
      └We will examine the musical expression and overall technicality of your performance.
      └One song per person/ group.
      └A video of 3minutes or less with no editing.
    • Awards

      -Grand Prize (Instrumental)
      -Grand Prize (with Singing)
      -Grand Prize (U-15)
    • Prizes

      Grand Prize (For all categories)

      • A trophy
      • A made-in-Japan ukulele (starting with the KPC-5K, we will be preparing a few more models)
        ※ For those who have received an award, we will request an additional video of you playing the prize ukulele.
  • PerformanceDepartment

    We will be choosing our winner for this department by watching your video, which must be under 3 minutes, and by examining the overall joy, energy and enthusiasm put into your performances! We will be deciding the winner based on schools, circles, or clubs, and not individuals. Please feel free to submit your ukulele performances!

    • Evaluation Criteria

      -How entertaining and enthusiastic your overall performance is.
      └One song per person/ group.
      └A video of 3minutes or less with no editing.
      └Audio from CDs or non-live performances are prohibited.
    • Awards

      -Sponsors Award
      -Audience Award (will be decided by the total amount of “likes” you receive.)
    • Prizes

      Audience Award (For groups who have received the most likes on our website)

      • A trophy
      • 4ALL original colored strings (up to 50 strings per group)
      • Rights to participate in ukulele related events

      Sponsors Award

      • 4ALL original colored strings (up to 50 strings per group)
      • Rights to participate in ukulele related events
  • CommercialDepartment

    For this department, please submit a 30 second commercial which promotes ukuleles. You do not need to be playing a ukulele in your commercial, but please make sure that your commercials are inspiring and make people to want to actually play a ukulele!

    • Evaluation Criteria

      -A commercial that grabs people’s attention towards the ukulele community.
      └You do not need to be playing a ukulele.
      └Submission of more than one commercial is allowed.
      └Commercial must be 30 seconds or less.
    • Awards

      -Sponsors Award
      -Audience Award (will be decided by the total amount of “likes” you receive.)
    • Prizes

      -Sponsors Award └A 10,000yen Amazon gift card -Audience Award (For groups who have received the most likes on our website) └A trophy └A 10,000yen Amazon gift card
  • PhotoDepartment

    The theme of this department is “a Ukulele and ….”! Please submit your creative and intriguing ukulele photos by uploading them on Twitter or Instagram!

    • Evaluation Criteria

      -A photo that portrays the theme “a ukulele and …”!
      └Please place emphasis on your ukulele and make it creative.
      └Make sure we can clearly see your ukulele.
      └Up to 3 photos per contestant.
    • Awards

      -Sponsors Award
      -Audience Award (will be decided by the total amount of “likes” you receive.)
    • Prizes

      Audience Award (For photos who have received the most likes on our website)

      • A trophy
      • A 3000yen Amazon gift card
      • The winning photo will be posted on Ukulele related magazine/media

      Sponsors award ( The photo that the sponsors chose)

      • 3000yen Amazon gift card
      • The winning photo will be posted on Ukulele related magazine/media

* For those who received awards, we plan to have interviews for ukulele related media and magazines, and to post an introduction of you on next year's Ukulele Contest 4ALL homepage.

Judges (Technique Department)

Judges

  • Mr. Kiyoshi Kobayashi

    A permanent judge of the Ukulele Contest (the 1st to the 9th)

    The “Ukulele Legend” of Japan.
    Established the Ukulele Orchestra of Japan in 2007.
    In 2018, he released his album, “Ukulele Shonen 62” (Ukulele Boy 62) which took 10 years in the making.

  • Daniel Ho

    Judge of the Ukulele Contest (the 4th to the 7th)

    Hawai‘i-born, Los Angeles-based ukulele virtuoso, multi- instrumentalist.
    Six-time GRAMMY Award winner (2005〜2006).
    Collaborated with member of Japanese rock band B’z Takahiro Matsumoto, and traditional music from Taiwan and Mongol.

  • Mr. Noboru Matsumoto

    Permanent judge of the Ukulele Contest (the 2nd to the 9th)

    Focusing mainly on ukuleles and slack-key guitars, he works amongst artists and producer.
    Recently, he has been working in many genres, such as rearranging Keltic music with ukuleles.

  • Mr. Seiji Katz

    Permanent judge of the Ukulele Contest (the 6th to the 9th)

    Ex-bassist of the “Kodomo Band”.
    Recently, he has been focusing on playing the ukulele, gaining attention globally for performing both ukulele instrumentals, and playing ukulele and vocals.

  • Mr. KYAS

    Winner of the technique award in the 4th contest.
    Ever since, he has been performing mainly in Asia and other Pacific nations, but also performed in a music festival in England last year. Through his work, he is now heading towards entertaining global audiences.
    Additionally, he has been a judge for the 4th to the 9th contest.

  • Mr. Asada Atronphatai

    A major player in the promotion of the ukulele music scene in Asia.
    Organizer of the Thailand International Ukulele Festival.
    Additionally, he has been a judge for the 7th to the 9th contest.

  • Mr. David Smith

    Organizer of one of Japan’s biggest ukulele festivals, the Ukulele Picnic.
    He has made TV appearances as an ambassador that links together Hawaii and Japan.
    Additionally, he has been a judge for the 4th to the 9th contest.

  • Mr. DAICHI

    Winner of the adult instrumental division of the 3rd International Ukulele Contest held in February of 2013, performing his original piece, “LeaLea”.
    His 2nd album, “New World”, released in 2016, was ranked number 1 in the iTunes world category.
    He later released his 3rd album, “Transition” in March of 2017.
    Additionally, he has participated in the 8th and 9th run of the Ukulele Contest by judging and evaluating submitted audio.