Hit Like A Girl® 2020 is the ninth annual international contest for female drummers, percussionists and beat makers. Its purpose is to showcase and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age, playing level or geographic location. The event is produced by the Hit Like A Girl Contest and made possible by the generous support of artists, individuals and companies in the music and music products industries.

The Hit Like A Girl Contest was conceived in 2011 by drum industry veteran and HLAG Executive Director David Levine, Mindy Abovitz of Tom Tom Magazine, and Phil Hood and Andy Doerschuk at DRUM! Magazine— who all felt that female drummers were underserved and under represented. Since then the contest has attracted 5000+ contestants from more than 50 countries. It has generated tens of millions of impressions and fan votes around the world and it has successfully raised the visibility and highlighted the efforts of female drummers, percussionists and beat makers.

Special thanks to the 2020 Hit Like A Girl Team for donating their time and talent, including: Mindy Abovitz Monk (Director) Louise King (Artist Coordinator), Iryna Butko (Publicity & Social Media Manager), Rikki Woods (Educational Alliance Manager), Danielle Thwaites (Beats By Girlz), Raychel Taylor (Girls March), Akansha Jha (HLAG India), Moty Baketas (HLAG Mexico), Swanny Elzingre (HLAG France), Noriko Terada (HLAG Japan), Zhang “Wilson” Weixue (HLAG China) and Boon Tan (HLAG Southeast Asia).

Important changes for Hit Like A Girl 2020: The contest for Drumset and Beatmaking takes place in the Spring. The contest for Marching Percussion moves to the Fall (to be announced). Drum Summit has replaced the World Percussion category and the Concert Percussion category has been suspended.

General Guidelines

Read the complete contest rules and policies for more details.

Sorry Boys, Ladies Only

Only women, girls and individuals who identify as female are eligible to enter.

Amateur Contest

Drummers, percussionists and beatmakers who earn more than $50k/year playing music or have an endorsement contract are not eligible to enter.

Multiple Age Groups

All female drummers, percussionists and beatmakers are encouraged to participate regardless of their age or ability level. For the drumset category there are 4 age groups: Under 13, 13 to 17, 18 to 39 and 40-Plus. For beatmaking, the age groups are: Under 18 and 18-Plus.

3-Minute Drumming Video

The suggested length of an entry video is 3 minutes, but there is no specific time limit rule. Solos, covers, performances or gigs are all fair game. Just make sure to showcase your skills!

Evaluation Criteria

Entry videos will be scored by a distinguished panel of top professional drummers/judges according to the following criteria:



Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation



Production Quality & Effect



Personality, Passion & Detail

Entering the Contest

Contest Entry Dates

March 2, 2020 — April 26, 2020

Contest Entry Checklist

1. Performance video uploaded online.

Drumset videos posted on YouTube, Vimeo, and Instagram are eligible. (Facebook videos are no longer accepted due to technical difficulties.) Audio tracks for the Beatmaking contest must be posted to SoundCloud. Post your video and copy the URL (link) so you can paste it into your contest entry form. See the correct formatting directions on the Entry pages.

2. A brief bio telling your drumming story.

Include information about when and why you started drumming, who your favorite drummers are, notes about your entry and anything else you’d like to share with your fans.

3. A recent photo of yourself behind the kit.

Your photo will appear with your entry and may also be used for promotion in print, electronic and social media. Professional photos are not required but high-quality images are appreciated.

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

3 Ways To Make It To The Finals!

• Weekly Contests

March 2, 2020 – April 26, 2020

Each week during the six week Drumset entry period, an esteemed team of judges made up of members of the Sabian Education Network will select one winner from each age group. Weekly Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 16, 2020. Weekly Winners automatically become Finalists.

The Weekly contests are cumulative, meaning that the all current contest entries are eligible to be selected as a Weekly Winner, not just those entires registered during a specific week. For example, the Week Three winner will be selected from all video entries registered during weeks one, two and three.

• Public Voting

April 28, 2020–May 10, 2020

Public, online voting for will be open to all entries and contestants. Friends, fans and family can each vote once per video per day. In order to vote a person must create a profile and be signed in through the HLAG website. The entries in each age division with the most votes by May 11 will become the Finalists.

• Wild Card Selection

A limited number of entries will be added to the Finalists as Wild Cards. These entries will be selected by Hit Like A Girl based on their drumming skills and presentation.

Celebrity Judging

May 13, 2020–May 24, 2020

The Finalists in the Drumset and Beatmaking categories will be announced on April 28, 2020 and judged by a panel of the world’s top female and male drummers during the following 2-week period. The Champions and Runners-Up will be determined using standardized score sheets.

And The Winner Is…

May 29, 2020

The 2020 Hit Like A Girl Champions, winners and runners-up will be announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on May 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST.

*Note: Dates shown are subject to change.