More than $75,000 in prizes will be awarded to the Champions, winners and other participants in the Drumset and Beatmaking categories of the 2021 Hit Like A Girl contest. Prizes will include drums, cymbals, sticks, heads, accessories, electronic gear and educational material as well as lessons, scholarships and performance opportunities at some of the most prestigious events and music camps in the world.

Below is a representative selection of the prizes that that will be awarded in the 2021 Hit Like A Girl contest. This page will be updated as additional prizes are confirmed. Due to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery of some prizes may be delayed. (Prizes and specifications subject to change without notice.)


Ableton software and MIDI devices represent the gold standard in modern music production. The music technology leader is contributing two private lessons with Abelton Certified specialist and Beats By Girlz co-director Danielle Thwaites (aka Daiza) to winners of the Beat Making category.

Audio Technica

Audio Technica SEA is providing 2 MB drum set microphone packs for the winners of the 2021 Hit Like A Girl Southeast Asia regional contest. The DK6 (shown at left) includes a core selection of four microphones specifically engineered for drum applications, along with two MB 4k cardioid condenser microphones ideal for drum overhead miking. Also included in the package are three drum-rim microphone mounts and a durable carrying case. The MB 4k also features versatile battery/phantom operation, rugged all-metal construction, soft-touch finish, gold-plated XLRM-type connector, and an on/off switch. Its cardioid polar pattern minimizes feedback. High volumes come through without distortion; even subtle nuances are clean and precise.

Audio Technica is also contributing 2 pair of ATH-MBX headphones for the winners of this year's regional event.

Black Swamp

Black Swamp Percussion's Dynamicx Drums® are designed and manufactured in the USA by experienced craftsmen and trained musicians. Their attention to detail, aesthetic sensibilities, and marriage of beauty and performance ensures a sound and quality that is unparalleled.

The Dynamicx BackBeat's beefy 9-ply Keller Magnum shell delivers the fantastic "Pre-EQ'ed" sound of a quality maple shell. These snare drums are proudly dressed in a selection of four beautiful veneer options.

  • Arch tube lugs
  • 2.3mm steel hoops
  • RCK throwoff with Dynamicx 20 strand wires
  • Available in 5.5" and 6.5" x 14" sizes.


This year, the master drum builders at the Craviotto Drum Company teamed up with graphic visionary Lola Blu to create an incredible snare drum for the Hit Like A Girl X contest. This is a completely unique, one-of-a-kind snare drum was hand-painted by Lola Blu and features the world-famous, handcrafted, Craviotto "solid" snare drum shell. The highly-coveted one-ply, solid shell provides body, tone, and sensitivity. Although Johnny Craviotto passed away in 2016 and wasn't able to personally create this drum, his magic recipe and passion live on in his team and the drums that bear his name.


All Hit Like A Girl 2020 International and Weekly contest Drumset Champions and winners will receive an assortment of Cympad Optimizer, Chromatic and Moderator cellular foam cymbal washers along with Cympad's new Shark gated drum dampener (MSRP $35.00 each)


For 2021, the Dixon Drum Company is providing a beautiful and versatile drum from its Classic Snare Drum collection. The 8"x14" Snare Drum features a North American Maple shell with a satin white finish and dark-stained Wenge counterhoops. (MSRP $559.99.)

Click here to see and hear a demo video.

Dragonfly Percussion

Dragonfly Percussion has been designing and manufacturing mallets used in the world’s top orchestras for 20 years. Now they’ve brought that attention to timbre and their innovative designs to the drum set world with a new line of kick drum beaters. Adapted from a Viennese-style of timpani mallets, these new beaters are constructed of tightly stacked discs of flannel, canvas and leather. The full-bodied, warm sound and responsive feel is unlike anything else you’ve tried. The Dragonfly Kick Drum Set will contain one each of the Flannel, Canvas and Leather beaters.

Dream Cymbals

New HLAG sponsor Dream Cymbals is going big and providing an assortment of 24˝ Rides for Hit Like A Girl X winners, including:

24" Dark Matter Bliss Ride
Created with Dream's own Dark Matter Process, the 24" Dark Matter Bliss is a huge ride that opens up with a roar of wash but can also sizzle in lower dynamics.

24" Contact Ride
The 24" Contact Ride features a warm wash and crystal clear stick definition with a larger bell and traditional profile.

24" Dark Matter Vintage Bliss Ride
Built with our unique Vintage Bliss profile and Dark Matter processing the 24" Dark Matter Vintage Bliss gives players a warm sound with a complex wash.

24" Energy Ride
Featuring a huge sounding, unlathed bell, the 24" Energy Ride sits in the mid/high range of the mix— making it a fantastic option for drummers who need a little extra brightness.


Drum Workshop is also contributing a DW 9000 Series Double Bass Drum Pedal (MSRP $999.99).           


One winner of the HLAG-X Southeast Asia regional contest will receive a pair of in-ear monitors from Southeast Asia's leading in-ear maker, FATfreq. The Musician Series monitors feature Dual Precision BA drivers (1 Low, 1 High), Custom-Tuned Bass Port, 20Hz - 20kHz frequency response, 2-way Passive Crossover, ​FATfreq Pressure Relief Port and 2-pin connectors.


The rack-mountable 3rd Generation Scarlett 18i20 USB audio interface by Focusrite gives you 18 inputs and 20 outputs of incredible sound quality — enough to make any space into a fully-fledged recording studio.

  •  Eight of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard – now with Air – for miking up guitars or recording vocals
  • Two high headroom instrument inputs, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in
  • Four monitor outs, featuring anti-thump tech and speaker switching
  • Built-in talkback mic, for talking to the band from your studio


Gibraltar is the rack industry leader, with unlimited mounting options and capabilities. If you can dream it you can build it. The GCS375R Rack is a two-post curved rack with two side wings and two mini cymbal boom arms. (MSRP $589.99)

The racks's features include:
– Wide range of mounting options
– Multiple drums, cymbals, accessories
– Great for 5, 6, and 7 piece set ups
– Minimizes set up time and footprint size
– Use with drum set, hand percussion, and electronic drums
– Fits into a bag
– Works with vast assortment of add on parts for customizing purposes


There's nothing like the classic sound and feel of a classic Gretsch snare drum. Perfect for a wide range of playing situations, the drums offer the perfect combination of sensitivity and tone at a wide range of tunings. This 6.5x14˝ "Full Range" Hammer Black Steel Snare Drum is provided by the Gretsch Drum Co. (MSRP $ 583.99)


The Gruv-X "X-Click" is the brain child of international drum artist Russ Miller and renowned drum builder Bill Detamore. Featuring a hybrid formula combining 24-plies of American rock maple and copper in a trapezoid shaped body, with a proprietary new design for mounting, called the “Mono Mount”, the X-Click helps the cross-stick tone with execution consistency and also gives it a better “nominal listening value” (or common volume) to the snare drum backbeat sound.

X-Click endorsers include Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Sarah Thawer, Gavin Harrison, Jo Jo Mayer, Kristina Schiano, Ray Luzier and a host of other top players.

Hudson Music

All HLAG winners will also receive a copy of Hudson's Digital Book Sampler including sample chapters from the some of the latest and most-popular digital eBooks in their catalog, such as:

  • Steve Smith: Pathways of Motion
  • Mark Guiliana: Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset
  • Tommy Igoe: Groove Essentials 2: The Play-Along
  • Mike Adamo: The Breakbeat Bible
  • Franck Agulhon: The Complete Drum Book – Finding Your Own Path
  • Bernhard Lackner: Step It Up – Drum Play Along


A selection of Ludwig drumsets and snare drums will be awarded to the winners of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest. Ludwig's American-made "Classic Oak" drums feature a host of custom-quality touches along with an exclusive 5-ply Maple and Oak hybrid shell. The drums offer a combination warmth, punch and focus. The "Mod' configuration includes 18x22" Bass Drum, 10x12" and 9x13" Rack Toms and 16x16" Floor Tom. (MSRP $3550)


Hit Like A Girl Beatmaking winners will join 200,000 musicians building their skills with Melodics— the desktop app that teaches you to play MIDI keyboards, pad controllers and drums. It’s free to download and comes with 60 free lessons to get you started, btw.

Mogan Cornebert

French artist and drummer Mogan Cornebert will provide both Winners of Hit Like A Girl France with a mounted and framed, hand-drawn, drum-inspired illustration.

Musician’s Institute

Two online scholarships to MI’s “Summer Shot” will be awarded to Hit Like a Girl 2020 contestants in the 13-17 age group.


Natal Drums contributing 2 of these gorgeous, Mappa Burl, 14" x 7" snare drums for the winners of the UK Regional contest. The Mappa Burl shell delivers a warm sound and provides a great foundation for an array of drumming styles. The drum is complete with brushed nickel lugs and hoops, Tru-Tune tension rods for easy tuning and a Tri-Throw snare mechanism for greater sonic variation.

Native Instruments

The world's leading music production suite, Native Instrument's "Komplete 12" DAW includes MASSIVE X, KONTAKT 6, TRK-01, DISCOVERY SERIES: MIDDLE EAST, SESSION STRINGS 2, MOD PACK and 10 Expansions. In all the package features 60+ products, more than 25,000 sounds, and over 220 GB of instruments and effects. A download of the award-winning software will be provided to a winner in the 2020 HLAG Beatmaking contest. (MSRP $599.99)


The Champions of the under and over 18 age groups in this year's Beatmaking contest will each receive a new "Circuit Tracks" digital controller courtesy of Novation. Circuit Tracks is Novation’s extraordinary standalone groovebox for the modern producer. With two refined polyphonic digital synth tracks, four drum tracks, creative FX and on-the-go capabilities, it’s the perfect hands-on device for the agile music maker.

Pacific Drums (PDP)

PDP has contributed their great sounding, great looking yet surprising affordable Concept Classic Wood Hoop shell-packs to this year's HLAG contest. The kits include 16x22˝ kick drum, 10x13˝ rack tom and 16x16˝ floor tom plus a PDP bas drum pedal and throne. (MSRP$789.99) Snare drum, cymbals and stands are not included.


For Hit Like A Girl 2020, Pearl is generously providing prizes for Champions and winners in the Drumset category, including the DMP905P Decade Maple Series kit features a 20x16" kick, 10x7" and 12x8" rack toms, 14x14" floor tom and a 14x5.5" snare drum in Satin Brown Burst (MSRP $1,217.99). The kit also includes a 930 Series Hardware pack consisting of a BC930 boom stand, C930 straight stand, S930 snare stand, H930 hi-hat stand and P930 pedal (MSRP $856.99).


One of this year's drumset Champions will receive a Presonus Audio prize package featuring a DM-7 Drum Mic Pack and a StudioLive 16R USB Audio Interface. Studio One Artist and Capture are included with the StudioLive 16R, so it will be a complete drum recording set-up. (Total retail value: $1099.90)

Princess Lauren, one of the top African-American owned and operated musical instrument dealers, has contributed a selection of Princess Lauren cymbals and merch to HLAG-X winners. The prizes include the "Princess Lauren" 22" Ride, "Hypno" 18" Crash and "Flash Bang" 12" Vented China along with a selection of Princess Lauren hoodies, backpacks and gig bags.

School Of Rock

One under 18 contestant in the drumset category will receive a full tuition* scholarship for a one semester performance/lesson package at their local School Of Rock location. *Full Tuition scholarships do not include travel, housing or food.


No matter what style of music you play, Techra has the right stick for you. Our durable, carbon fiber, composite "X-Carb" drumsticks can expand the sonic potential of your playing. And, with 7 types of Techra drumsticks available, you're sure to find the perfect stick for every playing style, including sticks designed specifically for heavy metal and electronic drums. Available for winners in the Drumset and Weekly contests. (MSRP $49.99)

The Sessions

Chosen by a panel of leading drum industry professionals, this year's “Joe Hibbs Memorial Scholarship” will be awarded to the HLAG entry that exhibits the most passion, perseverance and positivity.

TRX Cymbals

TRX Cymbal Co. is providing 4 sets of their CRX Limited Edition, Blue "AIR" low-volume cymbals to HLAG-X winners. The sets include 20" Ride, 14" Hi-Hats and 16" and 18" Crashes plus a lightweight cymbal bag. (MSRP $599.99 per set.)


A founding sponsor of the Hit Like A Girl contest and a major supporter of the female drumming community, Vater will provide prizing for Champions and Winners in all age groups of the Drumset category. Winners will receive a variety of sticks from Vater's Classic, American Hickory, Xtreme Design and Nude series as well as a selection of brushes, mallets and accessories. (MSRP from $12.99 to $40.99)

Vic Firth

As a sponsor of Hit Like A Girl 2020, Vic Firth will provide this year's Champions and Winners with a selection of American Classic® 5A Drumsticks. The #1 stick in the world is great for every style of music— combining tradition and style with bold new designs. (MSRP $16.25/pr.)


Whether you are practicing, recording, performing or sharing, the Yamaha EAD10 electronic acoustic drum module makes playing your acoustic drums inspiring and fun. The EAD10 enhances the way you practice, record and perform with your acoustic drums and frees your musical creativity. Easy setup lets you pop on your headphones and instantly hear studio-quality sound (including effects and triggered samples) with Scenes designed to match a wide variety of music. It's simple to record high-quality audio to the module, USB flash drive or computer. The free iOS app allows you to create stunning audio and video and easily share it directly from your mobile device. (MSRP $629.00)


Zildjian's effects cymbals feature an ever-expanding choice of sounds that are musically relevant yet tonally diverse... from the distinct 'dirty' sound of the K Cluster Crashes and ultra-trashy, dark and low pitched Crash Of Doom to the trashy and raw FX Stacks and trashy and bright Trash Crash.

Zultan Cymbals

The perfect introduction to the universe of Zultan handmade cymbals, the Impulz Series offers professional quality and sound at an attractive price. This year, four exceptional Hit Like A Girl X contestants will be chosen to receive the Zultan Special Award featuring an Impulz cymbalset including a 20" Ride, 16" Crash and 14" Hi-Hats.