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 2020, there are 4 age divisions in the Drumset category and 2 age divisions in the Beatmaking and Marching Percussion categories. The age of a contestant is determined by her most recent birthday prior to the start of the contest (March 1, 2020).

The Drumset age groups are:

<13

13-17

18-39

40+

The Beatmaking and Marching Percussion age groups are:

<18

18+

Categories

The 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest features Drumset, Beatmaking and Marching Percussion categories. Contestants may enter as many categories as they choose however a separate video and entry must be made for each category.

Note: The contests for Drumset and Beatmaking take 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.

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, 2020 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 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 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 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 entires registered during weeks one, two and three.  

Regional Contests
For 2020, regional contests will take place in China, Mexico, France, India, Japan and Southeast Asia. HLAG Contestants who reside in one of these 6 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 in the Chinese contest are not eligible to enter the international contest.

Public Voting
Beginning April 28, 2020 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 contestant 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 May 10, 2020 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 May 13, 2020 with celebrity judging occurring from May 13 through May 24, 2020. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each Drumset age division by a panel of 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 May 13, 2020 with celebrity judging occurring from May 13 through May 24, 2020. One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each age division by a panel of judges. These winners receive category-appropriate prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management). 

Marching Percussion: Finalists in each age division of the Marching Percussion category will be announced following the entry period of the 2020 Marching Percussion contest (dates to be determined). One Champion and 2 Runners-Up will be selected in each age division by a panel of 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 2020 Hit Like A Girl Champions and other winners will be notified via email and announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on May 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST.

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