Beats By Girlz' mission is to empower the next generation of women and gender-expansive people through music and technology. They do this important work by giving them access to the tools, resources, education, and community necessary to foster growth. They currently have over 38 chapters across the USA, Europe, Africa and Central America and are growing rapidly. This year, HLAG will again be collaborating with BBG to offer a new Beatmaking category for this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest. We are very excited about this addition to our contest.

HLAG + BBG 2022 is the fifth annual global beatmaking contest for women & gnc producers. Its purpose is to spotlight beatmakers, finger drummers, & producers, and encourage women and gender expansive people to engage in music technology. The event is produced by Hit Like A Girl Contest in partnership with Beats By Girlz and our activities are made possible by the generous support of our partners Izotope, Lauten, Novation, Native Instruments, Maschine, Melodics and Splice.

NEW! Melodics + BBG "Sample Flip" Mini-Contest

Submit your beat to the HLAG + BBG Sample Flip Mini Contest where you'll have additional opportunities to receive prizes, recognition and exposure! In addition to entering the HLAG Beatmaking Contest, you can also submit your entry to our Sample Flip Mini Contest. Click here to review the specific requirements on the "Melodics + BBG 'Sample Flip' Mini-Contest" page. Participation in the mini-contest does not affect a contestant's participation or eligibility in the main or public contests.

Entries open March 8, 2022. Winners in the <18 and 18+ age groups will receive special prizes. Submissions need to be entered by April 19, 2022. The Mini Contest will be judged by our panel of Beatmaking judges. To be considered, all submissions must adhere to the following rules & guidelines:

RULES & GUIDELINES 

Create a 1-3 minute track that prominently features the following sample created by BBG Duluth student Maggie Cartier.

Note: all other HLAG Beatmaking contest rules apply. You may submit the same beat to both the main Beatmaking contest & Sample Flip mini contest.

DOWNLOAD THE SAMPLE

EVALUATION

Track will be judged on creativity, use of the sample, & quality of the beat.

JUDGES

  • Cassie Plunkett
  • Vonna Wolf

PRIZES

Melodics memberships

DEADLINE

Entries must be posted to Soundcloud by April 19, 2022

GENERAL GUIDELINES

• GIRLS, WOMEN & GNC PEOPLE ONLY
This is a contest for girls, women and gender non-conforming people. All female-identifying and gnc producers are eligible to enter!

1 CONTEST, 2 AGE GROUPS
All women and gender non-conforming producers and programmers are encouraged to participate regardless of their age or ability level. The age divisions allow everyone to support each other and the community.

1-3 MINUTE SONG
Originals, covers or remixes, you pick. Please format the track as "Producer Name – Track Name (HLAG + BBG Contest)".

ELIGIBILITY & RULES

All entrants must identify as female or gender non-conforming. There are no restrictions on age, genre or DAW. There are no rules to what sort of sounds you should use, or if there should be vocals or not. We just want your best production that showcases your most original work.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

60% Performance Quality : Production Elements Including Sequencing/Groove, Sound Design & Selection, Technical Execution, Musicality

30% Mix : Sound Quality, Space and Balance

10% Story : Passion, Personality and Detail, Presentation, Effectiveness, Memorability, Cover Art

All songs must be uploaded to Soundcloud.com for submission

CONTEST DATES

March 8, 2022 : Contest opens for entries

April 19, 2022 : Entry closes

CONTEST ENTRY CHECKLIST

  1. A 1 - 3 minute song/beat uploaded to soundcloud.com (design and upload creative album artwork!)
  2. A brief bio telling your music journey, inspiration behind your song and
  3. Recent photo of yourself working on your song!

Need more help? Find out more about how to enter.

HOW TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS!

  1. Our Judges: The entries will be judged by producers, engineers, artists, composers and sound designers who are all working towards establishing the highest artistic standards and gender equity in a field where women and gender expansive people are highly underrepresented.
  2. Public Voting: Public, online voting will be open for all entries and contestants. Friends, fans and family can vote once per track per day. In order to vote a person must create a profile and be signed on through HLAG.
  3. Listens: The amount of plays on your track will average into your overall score. The tracks with the most listens on soundcloud will be automatically bumped to the finals!

JUDGING

Winners will be chosen by a team of incredible women in music technology, including:

  • Cassie Plunkett
  • Naomi Westwater
  • DJ Alisha B (Alisha Francis)
  • Vonna Wolf
  • Annie Elise
  • Lizzy Tremaine

AND THE BEAT MAKING CHAMP IS...

Finalists in the <18 and 18+ age divisions of the Beatmaking category will be announced on May 3, 2022 with celebrity judging occurring from May 5 through May 16, 2022. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each age division by our panel of celebrity judges. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management).

The 2022 Hit Like A Girl Champions, Winners and Special Awards will be notified by email and announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on May 20, 2022.

*Note: Dates shown are subject to change due to unforeseen delays.

SPECIAL AWARDS

We acknowledge that using technology creatively comes at different levels and there is not one gold standard. That is why this year we are continuing our Special Award categories! In addition to the two Grand Prize, 2nd place and 3rd place winners (<18 and 18+ ) in the general contest, we will also be presenting awards for Best Bop, Best Lyric Writing, and Best Mix.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Izotope, Novation, Native Instruments, Maschine, Melodics and Splice

In order to expand the impact of female artists around the world, @BeatsbyGirlz.org has once again agreed to help promote and judge the Beatmaking category of the 2022 Hit Like A Girl Contest. This will include outreach to potential participants, organizing the judging and supporting BBG and HLAG’s relationships with Tech sponsors @izotopeinc, @WeAreNovation, @NativeInstruments, @maschinetutorials, @MelodicsHQ and @splice. Learn more at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com and www.beatsbygirlz.org.