Hit Like A Girl Announces 2020 Contest.

Hit Like A Girl® Announces 2020 Contest For Female Drummers, Percussionists And Beatmakers.

Organizers of the 9th annual Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers, percussionists and beatmakers have announced details and changes for this year’s edition of the international celebration of drumming. The entry period for the drumset and beatmaking categories opens Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends Sunday, April 12, 2020. Participants in multiple age divisions can win $1000s in gear, scholarships, special awards and performance opportunities offered by today’s leading drum and media companies as well as several top educational institutions.

HLAG’s Marching Percussion contest moves to Fall 2020 and the new, year-round, non-competitive “Drum Summit” program replaces the previous World Percussion category. The Concert Percussion category has been discontinued.

Drumset players can enter their performance videos during the six-week entry phase of the contest and participate in weekly contests judged by a team of teachers from the Sabian Education Network. Once the entry period closes, there are two weeks of public voting with the weekly winners and the ten most popular winners in each age group moving on to the final, celebrity judging round.

In the final round, drumset contestants will be judged by a panel of the world’s most popular and influential drummers such as Camille Bigeault, Emmanuelle Caplette, Vera Figueiredo, Sarah Jones, Senri Kawaguchi, Didi Negron, Anika Nilles, Sarah Thawer and Jordan West, along with special guest judges Jojo Mayer and Andrew Marshall (Billie Eilish) and many more. HLAG entries from Mexico, England, France, India, China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia are simultaneously eligible for regional contests with local judges and prizes.

Audio tracks entered in Hit Like A Girl’s Beatmaking category will be judged by “Beats By Girlz”, a world-renowned group of female performers, programmers and educators including BBG directors Erin Barra, Danielle Thwaites, Christin Light and Krithi Rao.

Champions and winners for the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest will be announced online on May 18, 2020.

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8 Comments

  1. Ellen Anderson on January 21, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    When will the suggested tracks be released? I am not seeing them in any of the drop downs.

    • hlag on January 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Ellen, sorry I’m just seeing this. We felt the backing tracks weren’t being used very much so we discontinued them this year. I would recommend you search online for “drumless tracks” or check out anything by Anika Nilles or Kaz Rodriguez. Email me at dave@hitlikeagirlcontest.com if I can be of any further help.

    • Megan West on February 13, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Don’t know if you would be interested in an old Big Band drummer. You can see me play on my Facebook page. I play an extended drum solo in the middle of the chart. You can also check out my website.

      • hlag on February 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm

        Megan, We’re interested in all drummers! We have a category for drummers who are 40+ and we got quite a few entries from that age group. Last year’s over 40 winner, Penny Larson, was so fantastic that we invited her to perform at the Percussive Arts Society convention last November. She killed it!

  2. Lara on February 12, 2020 at 10:49 am

    How will I upload or send video to you

    • hlag on February 12, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Lara/Jenny, When the contest opens on March 2, there will be an “ENTER” button on the homepage of our website. This will take you to a registration form where you will fill-in your personal information, story, photo and the link to the youtube, vimeo, instagram or facebook video you want to enter.

  3. Ava Albert on February 21, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    With the beatmaking portion are we required to make a full beat from scratch or are we just creating drum loops?? im sure further information in regards to submissions will be provided once the contest is actually open!

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