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Now in its 14th year, the Young Drummer of Year 2016 competition begins again on October 1st until November 15th. Sponsored by the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), Tama drums and Zildjian cymbals.

Entrants must be 16 and under on February 7th 2016 and be a UK resident to enter (proof will be required).

Set up to showcase the amazing young drumming talent in the UK, Young Drummer of the Year has become a major career platform for many of todays’ young working drummers including Dexter Hercules (Olly Murs), Jen Ledger (Skillet), Pauli (Damon Albarn), AKA George (solo artist), Brad Webb (Jamie Cullum), Stephen Asamoah-Duah (The Compozers), Tristan Evans (The Vamps) and many more.

How to enter Young Drummer of the Year 2016

You can enter one of three ways, send a 2-minute solo drum performance with a completed entry form which can be downloaded from

1: A DVD by post to Young drummer of the year PO BOX 436, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 6WX

2: Post your 2 minute performance on Facebook or youtube and write the link on an entry form and send to Young drummer of the year PO BOX 436, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 6WX. Please use the hash tag #youngdrummeroftheyear16 on Youtube and Facebook.

3: Enter at the live booth at this years London drum show.

Please make sure you read the Young drummer of the year rules and information on

“Young Drummer of the Year is another great example of how we are able to encourage the next generation of drummers and performers.”
Ace Head of Creative Industry Development at ACM

“I’ve been a fan of this event for years! Being a drummer myself, helping young drummers find their way in the industry and develop their ability has always been a career goal of mine, which is why I’m so honored to be able to support Young Drummer Of The Year!”
Ian Aguado-Bush Product Manger Tama and Zildjian UK

“We are proud to be part of such a great initiative and supporting an event that is promoting drumming in general and pushing the next generation to get the best out of themselves. Zildjian strongly believes in education and supporting drumming for children and adolescents to express themselves musically. It is our obligation to make sure drumming is being promoted and our products will be used by players of all ages.  Zildjian can’t wait to see which great players this competition will yield to make it to the next level!”
Rick Van Oppen Zildjian Cymbals

For more information, rules and booking forms for Young Drummer of the Year 2016, visit the website. Why not get involved with the online conversation using the hashtag #youngdrummeroftheyear16.