Rules

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

Age Divisions

For 2021, there are 4 age divisions in the Drumset category and 2 age divisions in the Beatmaking category. The age of a contestant is determined by her most recent birthday prior to the start of the contest (March 1, 2021).

The Drumset age groups are:

<13

13-17

18-39

40+

The Beatmaking age groups are:

<18

18+

Categories

The 2021 Hit Like A Girl contest features Drumset and Beatmaking categories. Contestants may enter both categories however a separate entry must be made for each one. Note: The Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion Contest will take place in Fall 2021. 

Contest Eligibility

Eligibility

Hit Like A Girl is open to girls, women and gender expansive individuals. 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 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, 2021 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee” and is not eligible to enter.

The Contest

Our goal is to encourage more girls, women and gender expansive individuals 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.

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 Beatmaking and Marching categories.

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

NEW! Mini-Contests
This year, Hit Like A Girl and its sponsors will present several "Mini-Contests" where Drumset and Beatmaking contestants have additional opportunities to receive prizes, recognition and exposure:
- Hudson Music/Modern Drummer Mini-Contest
- Latin Percussion/Rhythm Mini-Contest
- Paiste/Tom Tom Mini-Contest
- Melodics "Performance" Mini-Contest

These contests have specific requirements which are detailed in the Special Contests section of this website. Participation in one or more of the mini-contests does not affect a contestant's participation or eligibility in the main, pre-qualification, regional or public contests.

Weekly Winners
One “Weekly Winner" in each age division of the drumset category will be chosen during each week of the contest. These winners will be determined by an esteemed team of judges provided by Modern Drummer magazine. "Weekly Winners" will be announced weekly beginning March 15, 2021. Weekly Winners automatically move on to the final round.

Regional Contests
For 2021, regional contests will take place in China, Mexico, France, UK, Turkey, India, Japan, South America and Southeast Asia. HLAG Contestants who reside in one of these countries/regions 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.

Local judges will score the entries and special prizes will be awarded to the regional winners. In general, a contestant’s regional status will not affect their status in the main contest.  Please note that entrants residing in China are not eligible to directly enter the international contest.

Public Voting
Beginning April 12, 2021 a “Vote Now” button will be added to each contestant’s page on the website. By registering and signing-in using their HLAG profile, any person may vote for as many of the contestant videos as desired but only one vote per person per contestant per day is allowed. Votes are verified, certified, updated and posted daily. Any contestant or individual who violates these rules may be disqualified.

The public voting period will close on April 25, 2021 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, 2021 with celebrity judging occurring through May 9, 2021. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each Drumset age division by a panel of celebrity judges. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management).

Beatmaking: Finalists in each age division of the Beatmaking category will be announced on or about April 26, 2021 with celebrity judging occurring from through May 9, 2021. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each age division by a panel of celebrity judges. 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.

Winner Announcements & Notifications

The 2021 Hit Like A Girl Champions and other winners will be notified via email and announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on May 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST.

*Note: dates and rules subject to change without notice.