In addition to its international and regional contests, Hit Like A Girl 2021 will feature a Weekly Contest and several new Mini-Contests— increasing the opportunities for female and gender-expansive drummers to enter the 10th annual competition and win prizes and recognition.
• Modern Drummer Weekly Contests
One “Weekly Winner” in each age division of the drumset category will be chosen by a team of judges representing Modern Drummer magazine during each week of the upcoming Hit Like A Girl contest. The panel will include David Frangioni (Publisher/CEO), Mike Dawson (Managing Editor), Jessica Burdeaux (JBurd) and Nic Kubes (Director Of Special Projects). Winners will have their entry videos displayed on the Hit Like A Girl website and automatically go on to the final round.
• Hudson Music/Modern Drummer Mini-Contest
Contestants who use one of seven free Hudson playalong tracks as the backing track for their HLAG-X entry will have their video displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and reviewed by special judges, including drummers Dena Tauriello and Joe Bergamini plus Rob Wallis (Hudson founder) and Billy Amendola (Modern Drummer Editor At Large). The drumless tracks are available as downloads on the HLAG website. Prizes for the contest are online lessons from artist/educator/author Joe Bergamini and a bundle of digital books and videos from the Hudson catalog along with Modern Drummer digital subscriptions and downloads of the Neil Peart and Alex Van Halen “Legends” books.
• LP/Rhythm Magazine Mini-Contest
Drummers that incorporate one or more drumset percussion instrument (cowbell, tambourine, blocks, etc.) in their video will have their entry displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and reviewed by special judges, including Stephen Perkins, Mona Tavakoli, Daru Jones, Dani Markham, Emily Moon and Kaz Rodriguez. Winners will receive drumset percussion from LP as well as online lessons, magazine subscriptions and merch from Rhythm.
• Tom Tom Magazine/Paiste Mini-Contest
Hit Like A Girl contestants who post a clip of their entry video on their Facebook, Instagram or TikTok feed and then tag and follow Hit Like A Girl, Tom Tom Magazine and Paiste will have their entry video displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and be eligible for a random drawing. 1st place winners in the under and over 18 age groups will receive a Paiste cymbal. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age group will receive digital back-issues and merch from Tom Tom.
• Beatmaking Mini-Contests
Mini-Contests for the Beatmaking category will be announced soon. Check the Hit Like A Girl website frequently for details.
Participation in one or more of the Hit Like A Girl mini-contests does not affect a contestant’s participation or eligibility in the main, weekly, regional or public contests. For complete details on HLAG-X mini-contest, general rules, sponsors, judges, prizes and more, visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.