YouTube Wildcard

Update: Applications for the YouTube Wildcard round are now closed.

What is it?

The YouTube Wildcard round is an alternate way to participate in the DHF World Harp Competition – a new concept that has never been tried before in an international harp competition of this scale. This Wildcard option is for everyone who is not able to make it to the live quarterfinal rounds, for whatever reason. To join in, all you have to do is upload a video presentation and complete the application form by January 15th; there is no application fee. Your video will be shown to the scouting jury, and there is a chance that they may decide to grant a Wildcard invitation to the semifinals to one lucky YouTube video performer.

What should be in the video?

Your video is a program pitch that will be shown to the scouting jury of the quarterfinals. The point of the video is to give the scouting jury a clear idea of what they could expect from you if you were invited to the semifinals. Therefore, the first step is to design a great program for the semifinals. This is an original program of 45 minutes, and it can be anything you like. You may program any genre of music, bring any kind of harp, include collaborators or other media, as long as the program features you playing the harp. Then, make a video which introduces your program. The jury is looking for the most compelling all-around artist, so you should pitch a program which best characterizes you as a musician and depicts your unique artistic vision.

There are just three rules for the video.

  1. The maximum length of the video is 15 minutes, and it can also be shorter.
  2. Any spoken explanation that you choose to include must be in English.
  3. The video must feature you playing the harp.

Other than that, if you have any other questions about what the requirements are, the answer is likely that it’s up to you. Does your music need to be memorized? Can I play with other musicians in the video? Do I have to talk in the video? Can I include cool video effects? All of this is your decision. Your goal is to design a video that will make you stand out above all the other applicants. So as you’re thinking about what you should include in your video, ask yourself how you can best capture the hearts of the jury.

How do I upload a video to YouTube?

A step-by-step tutorial:

  1. Create a video – using a camera or even your phone to shoot your footage – in one of the following formats:
    .AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)
    .3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
    .MOV (QuickTime Movie)
    .MP4 (Motion Picture Experts Group Part 14)
    .MPEG or .MPG (Motion Picture Experts Group)
    .FLV (Adobe Flash)
    .M4V (h.264)
    .WMV (Windows Media Video)
    .WEBM (HTML5)
  2. If you are using your smartphone to create your video, you may choose to upload the video directly from your phone, using the YouTube app. If you are using a computer, then first transfer the video to your computer and then continue with the following steps.
  3. Login to your YouTube account. Note: your YouTube account is attached to your Google account, so if you already have a Google account, then use that.
  4. Click the upload button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, or just go directly to
  5. Either drag and drop your video file into the upload panel in your web browser window, or click on “Select Files to Upload” and choose your file.
  6. It will take several minutes for your video to upload, depending on the speed of your internet connection. While you’re waiting, you may enter a title and description for your video.
  7. Under the privacy settings, select “public” (can be searched for and viewed by anyone).
  8. Don’t forget to click “Save”!
  9. Once the video has been uploaded, YouTube will show you the link to the video. Copy this link into your application form.

Create a buzz!

Once you have posted your video on YouTube, don’t forget to also share it with your friends. Videos with lots of views will make a bigger impression.