Hit Like A Girl | The 2018 Drumming Contest For Women And Girls

Hit Like A Girl 2018 is the seventh annual global drumming contest for female percussionists. Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level. The event is produced by Hit Like A Girl Contest and our activities are made possible by the generous support of companies in the music products industry.

General Guidelines

Read the complete contest rules and policies for more details.

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Sorry Boys, Ladies Only

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Amateur Contest

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1 Contest, 2 Age Groups

All female drummers, percussionists and programmers are encouraged to participate regardless of their age or ability level. The under 18 and 18-and-over age divisions allow everyone to support each other and the community.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

3-minute Drumming Video

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Evaluation Criteria

Entry videos will scored by our distinguished panel of judges according to the following criteria:

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Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation

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Production Quality & Effect

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Personality, Passion & Detail

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Entering the Contest

March 1, 2018 — April 11, 2018

Contest Entry Checklist

3-minute performance video uploaded online
A brief bio telling your drumming story
Recent photo of yourself behind the kit

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


Three Ways To Make It To The Finals!


Weekly Contests

March 1, 2018–April 11, 2018
Each week during the six week entry period, an esteemed team of judges made up of drum industry executives and top female drummers and percussionists representing our Presenting Sponsors will select one winner from each age group. Weekly Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 14, 2018. 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.  Weekly Winners are chosen by a team of judges made up of executives and endorsers of the company sponsoring the week.


Public Voting

April 12, 2018–April 25, 2018
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 on through HLAG. The entries in the under and over 18 age division with the most votes by April 25 will become Finalists.


Wild Card Selection

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


Celebrity Judging

May 3, 2018–May 16, 2018
The Finalists in the Drumset, World, Concert and Marching Percussion categories will be announced on May 2, 2018 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 24, 2018

The 2018 Hit Like A Girl Champions, winners and runners-up will be announced via live webcast May 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM PST. The Awards Show will feature videos of top finalists and winners as well as appearances and performances by celebrity drummers, judges and guest hosts.


*Note: Dates shown are subject to change due to unforeseen delays.