It is our mission is to create a fun, fair, and safe environment to celebrate and promote women in drumming and percussion.

Age Divisions

For 2019, there are 4 age divisions in the Drumset category and 2 age divisions in the Marching, World, Concert and Technology categories. The age of a contestant is determined by her most recent birthday prior to the start of the contest (March 1, 2019).

The Drumset age groups are:

<13

13-17

18-39

40+

The Marching, World, Concert and Technology age groups are:

<18

18+

Categories

For 2019, there are 5 drum and percussion categories. Contestants may enter is as many categories as they choose however a separate video and entry must be made for each category.

The categories are:

Drumset

Marching Percussion

World Percussion

Concert Percussion

Technology

Contest Eligibility

Eligibility

All entrants must identify as female. There are no restrictions on age, style or instrumentation.

Champions (grand prize winners) of previous Hit Like A Girl contests are not eligible to participate in the contest in the same category or age group they won. However, previous finalists and entrants may participate.

Individuals must be a qualified entrant to participate in the Contest. A “Qualified Entrant” is defined as one who

a) does not earn more than $50,000 adjusted gross per year as a professional musician, based on the prior tax year

b) is not a party to any endorsement or entertainment contracts that, in the Sponsor’s sole determination, conflict with the spirit of the contest. 

For purposes of clarity, the term “professional musician” does not include teaching music or giving music lessons. Income derived from teaching-related activities is not counted in determination of a contestant’s status.

Exclusions

The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of sponsors and media supporters and each of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees and their immediate families or family members are not eligible to participate in this contest. Any person employed by or interning with Hit Like A Girl Contest at any time from March 1, 2019 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee.”

The Contest

Our goal is to encourage more girls and women to participate by creating opportunities, benefits and rewards for all players. We therefore have several types of contests, several types of prizes and several types of winners within Hit Like A Girl.

Participation Rewards
Everyone who enters HLAG receives a certificate of participation (upon request) and access to the“PowerPack 3” digital goody bag that includes free educational material, booklets, magazines and discount coupons.

Scoring
The HLAG Drumset Evaluation Sheet was developed by leading educators and scores entries on Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation, Presentation, Showmanship & Effect and Story. Similar score sheets have been developed for the Marching, World, Concert and Technology categories.

Weekly Winners
One “Weekly Winner” in each age division of the drumset category is chosen during each week of the contest and will receive an assortment of prizes. These winners will be determined by an esteemed team of judges made up of members of the Sabian Educators Network (SEN). Weekly Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 12, 2019. 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 entires registered during weeks one, two and three.  

Regional Contests
For 2019, regional contests will take place in China, Mexico, France and Japan. HLAG Contestants who reside in Mexico, France and Japan will automatically be entered in the regional contest when they register for the main contest. All Chinese entries will be judged separately from the main contest and only the selected winners will be accepted as Finalists in the main contest. (Note: There are only 3 age divisions in HLAG  China: <13, 13-17 and 18+.)

Special judges will score the entries and special prizes will be awarded to the regional winners. A contestant’s regional status will not affect their status in the main contest.  

Public Voting
Beginning April 12, 2019 a “Vote Now” button will be added to each contestant’s page on the website. By registering and signing-in using their HLAG profile, visitors may vote for as many of the finalists’ videos as desired but only one vote per contestant per day is allowed. Votes are verified, certified, updated and posted daily. Any contestant who violates these rules may be disqualified.

The public voting period will close on April 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT with the top 10 entries in each age division becoming Finalists.

Celebrity Judging
Drumset: Up to 25 Finalists in each age division of the Drumset category will be announced on or about April 26, 2019 with celebrity judging occurring from April 26  through May 9, 2019. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each Drumset age division by a panel of judges who specialize in the drumset area. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management). 

World, Concert, Marching and Technology: Up to 10 Finalists in each age division of the World, Concert, Marching and Technology categories will be announced on or about April 26, 2019 with celebrity judging occurring from April 26  through May 9, 2019. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each World, Concert, Marching and Technology age division by a panel of judges who specialize in those areas. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management). 

Special Awards
Special Award recipients are selected by representatives of a range of media and educational sponsors based on talent, geography and/or need. See Special Awards.

The Hit Like A Girl Awards Show

The 2019 Hit Like A Girl Champions and other winners will be announced on the 2019 HLAG Awards Show tentatively scheduled to air on May 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM PDT. The show will stream on drumchannel.com and feature appearances and performances by top HLAG judges, sponsors, winners and special guests.

note: dates and rules subject to change without notice.