The organizers of the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest for female drummers are proud to announce the details of this year’s competition, including the sponsors, judges, ambassadors and schedule.
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest features several returning sponsors as well as some new ones. This year’s presenting sponsors are Zildjian and Evans. Additional sponsors include Alfred Music, DW (and its brands LP, Kat, Gibraltar,) Mapex (and NFUZD), Musician’s Institute, Promark, Puresound, Sabian, SKB, TRX, Yamaha, Vater, Vic Firth and Cympad.
Media sponsors from around the world have been enlisted to help support the contest, including: the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and the Enter Music Network as well as Music Radar/Rhythm Magazine (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany), Drumhead (US) and DrumScene Magazine (Australia).
Joining 2015 event spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) as celebrity judges are Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry) and Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb). The judging panel also includes leading YouTube artists Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles and Lux Drummerette as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.
2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest opens for online video entries at 12:01 AM PST on March 1, 2015. Two pair of Weekly Winners will be chosen by celebrity/industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8. Fan Voting Open April 10 and closes April 22. The Top Twenty Weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4. The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.
HLAG Ambassadors represent nearly 2 dozen countries around the world and are responsible for expanding the awareness of drumming and increasing participation in the contest by organizing promotional activities through their local and social media contacts. Current Hit Like A Girl Contest International Ambassadors represent Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, UK, Thailand, Philippines, Slovakia, Australia, Venezuela, Peru, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Hungary.
Free Play-Along Track
A selection of more than a dozen free, downloadable play-along tracks for this year’s contest are being provided courtesy of Hudson Music and “Groove Essentials” by Tommy Igoe, the “Warning Will Robinson” CD and play-along by Gregg Bissonette and Drum Fun’s “Turn It Up & Lay It Down” and “Test Of Time” series.
Additional sponsors, judges, ambassadors and details are pending and will be announced as they are confirmed. For the latest information about the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest, visit the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest website at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.
Since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began in 2012 there have been nearly 1,200 entrants from 42 countries and more than 6,000,000 web impressions. Previous sponsors have included Guitar Center, GoPro, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. For 2015, Hit Like A Girl is expanding its reach with the International Ambassador program; a worldwide network of female drummers promoting the contest and benefits of drumming to local players and media.