Why should I enter the contest?
Hit Like A Girl is the only program specifically designed to highlight female drummers and percussionists and to promote women in music. Young girls especially gain great confidence from showing the world they play drums and percussion instruments–regardless of skill level.
This year for the first time each drummer/percussionist will receive a critique and encouragement from our professional judging panel. For this reason alone girls and women of all ages should take advantage of the chance to enter.
Can people from countries outside the United States and the UK join the Contest?
Yes, it’s a worldwide contest. Girls and women from more than 50 countries have entered in past years. Winners have come from all over…Japan, Indonesia, Chile, Poland, US, the Dominican Republic, and other countries.
Besides drum set, what can I play? Can I play hand drums? What about solo snare drum? What about marimba?
In 2017, we have expanded the contest to include entrants on world percussion, concert percussion, and marching percussion. Any setup, any style.
Each category permits the following instrumentation:
- Drum Set: acoustic drums, electronic drums
- Concert: solo snare drum, multi-percussion, pitched percussion (timpani, marimba, vibraphone, etc.)
- Marching: snare drum, multi-tenors, bass drum
- World: hand drums (congas, tabla, djembe, cajon, handpan, etc.), stick drums (timbales, bodhran, talking drum, mridangam, etc.), pitched percussion instruments (such as gyil, steel pan, etc.)
What are the entry categories?
There are five entry categories available:
- Drum Set Ages Under 18
- Drum Set Ages 18 and up*
- World Percussion
- Marching Percussion
- Concert Percussion
* The cutoff birth date is February 1. If you were born before February 1, 1999 then you are in the 18 and over category. If you were born after that date you are in the Under 18 category.
Are there age restrictions?
No. There have been entrants from ages 5 to 65. However, entrants under the age of 13 must sign and return a parental permission form to us (via email). This is done to protect younger entrants and comply with U.S. law.
Should I upload my video to YouTube?
Yes. You should upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or a similar site and send us a link. You may also send us a link to download your video.
Can it be a video I have previously uploaded?
Can the video be a band performance video?
Yes. We do not put limits on what kind of music you can perform. You may play with a group, solo, or with recorded tracks. You can perform an original composition or a cover. Those entering in the Concert Percussion category can perform etudes, solos, or solos with accompaniment tracks. Marching Percussion entrants can perform material from marching groups, solos, etc. We want you to showcase your skills, so it’s up to you!
Why does it have to be three minutes long?
We recommend a 3-minute video to give judges time to evaluate your playing. A much longer video is not necessary but we do not exclude entries based on length, either.
Does my video have to be one song or can I mix several pieces to show my ability in different styles?
You can choose any music you like. Some entries include 3 or 4 short segments of different compositions. Other entries are covers or a playthrough of an entire original song or composition. The choice is yours.
What information should I include with my entry?
Give some thought to your entry as the information might help judges evaluate your video. We recommend that you include your age, years playing drums/your instrument, influences, and musical goals. We’re interested in your story and why you play drums and percussion. It may also help to discuss the music in the video you are uploading.
Can I change the text of my entry after it has been posted? Or the photo?
Yes. We can make changes. You should carefully prepare your biography statement so that it says what you want it to but we can fix errors later as needed.
Will video views and likes play a part of the criteria to be considered when being judged for our performance?
No, only the votes of the fans count during the public voting period. Then from March 27-April 6 celebrity and industry judges will determine the winners.
How do the judges evaluate the performance?
This year, for the first time, the entrant will receive a critique and encouragement from our professional judging panel. For this reason, alone girls and women of all ages should take advantage of the chance to enter.
Each of these categories is further broken down. For example, Groove includes time, feel, pocket, and other concepts. Presentation, production, showmanship, poise and other non-technique measures make up a smaller percentage of the overall score than the playing categories.
What is the last day I can enter?
March 13, 2017
What about voting?
In 2017 the voting rules have changed. In previous years you could vote for any drummer who entered the contest. Top vote-getters automatically became finalists. This year one popular winner in each drum set age group will be chosen through the voting process. ONLY THE TOP SCORES AS CHOSEN BY PRELIMINARY JUDGES will be eligible for voting. You will have the chance to vote on 24 finalists in the 18+ and Drumchannel on April 18, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. You can see all the eligibility and judging rules here.
What are the prizes?
There are three main prizes in each age group: Over 18 and Under 18. Grand Prize winners receive drum kits from our sponsors with cymbals, sticks, heads, and other accessories. First and second runners-up receive snare drums or hybrid drum equipment along with cymbals and other prizes. Prizes also are awarded for world percussion, concert percussion, and marching entrants and special prizes are designated for drummers and percussionists who, in the opinion of the judges, display special merit. These include scholarships, equipment or other prizes. All drummers and percussionists who enter are offered subscriptions, access to special digital publications, or other awards.
Who started Hit Like A Girl?
The contest was begun in 2011 by David Levine of TRX Cymbals, working with DRUM! Magazine and Tom Tom Magazines. Today it is supported by a range of top musical industry companies and media companies around the world.
Why is there a Hit Like A Girl Contest? Shouldn’t it be open to men, too?
The purpose of Hit Like A Girl is to celebrate, highlight, and promote female drumming and encourage young girls and women to pursue music. We feel that one of the best ways to showcase female drummers and percussionists and grow the community is to draw attention to it through a competition that is open to all ages. It is not intended to discriminate against males, but to support female musicians, who, truthfully, sometimes face social and cultural obstacles in their desire to become musicians, especially drummers. In fact, as the 2016 winner (and phenomenal drummer) Helen de la Rosa of the Dominican Republic said “Guys, we need your help and support as women and as drummers.”
We see more young women playing in bands today than we did when this contest was first conceived. Girls and women are taking drumming and percussion lessons in greater number. Clearly, there are no physical reasons that women or anyone should not be able to play percussion instruments or any other instrument. But, almost from the first day the contest began five years ago we have heard from girls who have stories of the special challenges they have faced to become drummers and percussionists. Many of them talked about teachers and parents diverting them to “more feminine” instruments like flute or violin. In some countries, the very notion of a girl playing drum set was upsetting. At the same time, many parents have written to say that playing drums and percussion has made their daughters more inspired, ambitious, and confident in themselves. That, and great music, is what the Hit Like A Girl contest is about.