Eligibility Rules


All entrants must be female. There are no restrictions on age, style or instrumentation.

Entrants may enter in the Under 18 (drum set), 18+ (drum set), marching, concert, or hand drum categories.

Grand prize winners of previous Hit Like A Girl contests are not eligible to participate in the contest; however, previous finalists and entrants may participate in this contest.

You must be a qualified amateur to participate in the Contest. A “Qualified Amateur” is defined as one who does not earn more than $50,000 adjusted gross per year as a professional musician, based on the prior tax year and is not a party to any endorsement contract that, in the Sponsor’s sole determination, conflicts with or competes with one of the Contest Entities or Prize Givers. For purposes of clarity, the term “professional musician” does not include teaching music or giving music lessons, performing at clinics or working in the music products industry, and incomes derived from teaching-related activities will not be counted in determination of a contestant’s status. Entries are encouraged to make their own determination of eligibility.


The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of sponsors and media supporters and each of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees and their immediate families or family members are not eligible to participate in this contest. Any person employed at any time from February 1, 2017 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee.”

Contest Entry

Entry Period

The contest entry period is February 1, 2017 to March 13, 2017

Age Group Assignments

Entrants must enter the contest under the appropriate age group according to their age as of 12:00am on February 1, 2017. All entrants under the age of 13 must provide parental consent before their videos or images may be published online. Parental consent forms may be found here.

Entry Submission

Entry forms must be submitted by the entrants themselves, unless the entrant is a minor in which case a parent or guardian may submit the entry.

Entry Requirements

Contest entry is considered incomplete until the following items have been submitted:

  • Your full name and valid contact information.
  • Link to entry video hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or other related site.
  • Clear photo of yourself behind your kit, preferably drumming.  The photo should be a minimum of 640 pixels wide.
  • A brief bio telling us and site visitors your drumming story.
  • Consent/release of content, your likeness etc. for promotional uses.
  • Consent of a parent or legal guardian (if under 13 years old).

Entry Videos

  • Entry videos should be about 3 minutes, ideally. If longer, only the first 3 minutes will be evaluated by the judges.
  • You may play along to recorded tracks, perform with a band, or solo, as long as your drumming is clearly audible.
  • You may play any style or genre on an acoustic or electric drum set.
  • Take a look at this video for tips on creating a simple entry video

Public Voting

Voting Period

The contest voting period is March 14, 2017 to March 26 2017.

During this period fans will vote for popular vote winners and to add people to the finalists category. At the same time celebrity judges will choose additional finalists to be considered in the finals round of judging.

There are three methods of getting to the finals.

  1. Weekly winners will be chosen by top artists and industry judges from sponsoring companies from the first week of entry to the last. These people will automatically enter the final round of judging.
  2. Fan voting will determine popular winners and additional finalists
  3. An additional round of celebrity judging will also pick additional finalists.

On March 30, 2017 winners selected by fans and celebrity judging panels will be announcedin a special program on Drumchannel.com

Finalist Judging

Voting Policy

You must be signed into a Hit Like A Girl or Facebook account to cast your vote. You may vote for each eligible video once per day. Vote totals will be reviewed and updated nightly. Finalists are not eligible for public voting.

Finalist Selection & Evaluation


Our celebrity judging panel, all of whom have significant experience performing on drums, will judge all entrants. Weekly judges include industry personnel who have tremendous experience in performing, recording, teaching or related fields in drum/percussion.

The judging is based on a scoresheet put together by a team of leading teachers and educational advisors from major drum companies. Finalist judging will be based on the judges’ scores in six areas. Scores are weighted to give greatest emphasis to musical performance.

  • Groove: Time, feel, pocket.
  • Sound: Tuning, balance, and fit with musical style.
  • Technique: Chops, control, hands and feet
  • Musicality & Interpretation: Dynamics, discipline, creativity, musicality, and structure.
  • Presentation: Audio, video, mix, and production.
  • Showmanship: Entertainment and overall impression.

Each judge’s total score for each contestant will be the raw scores between 1 and 10 in each scoring category.

Weekly Finalist Selection

Two (2)  finalists from each age group in the drum set category (4 total), will be selected each week during the entry period.

Finalists Chosen By Fans

Up to ten finalists will be chosen from each age group according to the highest number of votes during the public voting period (March 14, 2017 to March 26, 2017).

Wild Card Finalists

The sponsor judges have the option to use a wild card to vote to include a maximum of five drummers in the finals.

Finalist Announcement

The complete list of finalists will be announced on DrumChannel and HitLikeAGirlContest.com on March 30, 2017

Winner Selection & Prize Policies

Winner Selection

15–20 finalists in each age group will be forwarded to the panel celebrity judges. Each judge will watch each finalist entry and score them according to the criteria listed above. The eligible contestant with the highest score will be declared the Grand Prize Winner. The drummers with the next two highest scores will be declared the First Runner-up and Second Runner-up, etc.

Winners Announced

On March 30, 2017 via live webcast on Drumchannel.com. Details to be announced.

Age Group Prizes

Visit the <18 and 18+ prize pages for complete details

Terms And Conditions

If any winner does not comply with the official rules or is ineligible or fails to sign any required documents by the date and time required, then the potential winner will be ineligible. Each prizewinner must provide her address and Social Security Number (in the US) in order to receive any prize. Additionally, all prizewinners are asked to sign a release form so that their likeness and video may be used to promote the contest. All Prizes are subject to availability. No cash redemption or prize substitution allowed, except by the Sponsor who reserve the right in its sole discretion to substitute cash value or another prize it believes is of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Winners may not divide any of the individual prizes, especially the prizes that together comprise the Grand Prize. Any attempt to transfer, sell, fail to cooperate with, renounce, repudiate and/or refuse any part of the Grand Prize shall immediately disqualify the Winner from the Contest and such Winner will forfeit the entire Grand Prize. In such event, Sponsor may select a Winner in the order of ranking by the judges as set forth herein. All Prizes claimed will be awarded. Except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law, entry in this Contest constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use contestant’s name, photograph, image, likeness, statement, testimonial, biographical information, voice, music, performance, prize information, personal exposition, city and state addresses, in all forms of media, including on the internet and in film, videotapes, photographs and/or recordings (and/or edited versions thereof) on a worldwide basis, in perpetuity, without further compensation or notification.


Notification to all winners and runners-up in both categories (Under 18 and 18 And Over) shall be via email AND phone upon completion of the final voting round. By entering this contest, you agree that the notification methods stated here are sufficient to give you notice in the event that you are a winner of any prize. IF ANY WINNER FAILS TO RESPOND BY AGREEING IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE TO ACCEPT HER PRIZES WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS OF NOTIFICATION, THEN THAT WINNER FORFEITS THE PRIZES AND THE NEXT HIGHEST FINISHER WILL BE CHOSEN.

Taxes And Costs Related To The Prizes

All applicable taxes, including all federal, state, local and other taxes and any license, destination and delivery charges, fees, or costs, are the sole responsibility of each winner, or if the winner is a minor in her state of residence, the winner’s Guardian. All expenses and incidentals not specifically mentioned here are not included and are solely the responsibility of each winner, or if the winner is a minor in her state of residence, the winner’s Guardian, including but not limited to, purchases, meals, beverages, airport transport, service fees, medical services, personal expenses, telephone calls, insurance, taxes, gratuities and other costs. Winners (or Winner’s Guardians, as applicable) may be issued a 1099 tax form for the approximate retail value of their prizes.

Winners List

To receive a list of winners or an additional copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Hit Like A Girl Contest, 1346 The Alameda Suite 7-212, San Jose, CA 95126.. Please specify “Rules” or “Winners’ List”. You may also view the rules and Winners’ List online at HitLikeAGirlContest.com

Miscellaneous Rules & Policies

Disputes And Damages Waiver

As a condition of entering, entrants (or their parent or legal guardian if an eligible minor) agree (and agree to confirm in writing): (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within the State of California; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, if any, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will contestant be permitted to obtain any award for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants, Prize Givers and Sponsor in connection with this Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of California.

Contest Conditions

This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Judges and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes or additions to these rules and/or change the dates of the Contest at any time.

Limitation Of Liability Of Sponsor And Prize Givers

As consideration for participation in the Contest, Entrants agree that Sponsor and Prize Givers and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies (collectively “Released Parties”) maintain no control over the products or services supplied by others as a part of the Contest. They are merely, as applicable, Sponsor of the Contest and independent suppliers of certain Contest prizes and are not in any way related to the other suppliers. All prizes are awarded “As Is” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).

Sponsor Representative

The lead sponsor and representative of all sponsors is Hit Like A Girl Contest 1346 The Alameda Suite 7-212, San Jose, CA 95126.

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