Beatmaking by Beats by Girlz

Beats By Girlz empowers young girls to create their own beats and compositions by using technology, including drum pads, drum machines, loop stations, computers and other electronic devices and software. They currently have over 20 chapters across the USA, Europe and South Africa and are growing rapidly. HLAG will again be collaborating with BBG to offer a new Beat Making category for this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest. We are very excited about this addition to our contest.

HLAG + BBG 2020 is the third annual global drum programming contest for female beat makers. Its purpose is to spotlight female beat makers/producers and encourage females to engage in music technology. The event is produced by Hit Like A Girl Contest in partnership with Beats By Girlz and our activities are made possible by the generous support of our partners, Ableton, ROLI, Native Instruments, Melodics, Novation and Presonus.

General Guidelines

Ladies Only

All female and female-identifying producers are eligible to enter!

Two Age Groups

All female producers and programmers are encouraged to participate regardless of their age or ability level. The <18 and 18+ age divisions allow everyone to support each other and the community.

1 – 3 Minute Song

Originals, covers or remixes, you pick.
Please format the track as Producer Name – Track Name (HLAG + BBG Contest).

All songs must be uploaded to Soundcloud for submission

Submit Your Beat Now!

Evaluation Criteria



Production Elements Including Sequencing/Groove, Sound Design & Selection, Technical Execution, Musicality



Sound Quality, Space and Balance



Passion, Personality and Detail, Presentation, Effectiveness, Memorability, Cover Art

Entering The Contest

March 2, 2020 — April 26, 2020

Contest Entry Checklist

  1. 1 – 3 minute song/beat uploaded to Please format the track as Producer Name – Track Name (HLAG + BBG Contest).
  2. A brief bio telling your music journey, inspiration behind your song
  3. Recent photo of yourself working on your song!
  4. ***Be sure to set your track to “Public” so it can play on the HLAG website!***

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

Submit Your Beat Now!

How To Make It To The Finals!

  1. Our Judges: The entries will be judged by producers, engineers, artists, composers and sound designers who are all working towards gender equity in a field where women are highly underrepresented. Each of the judges will be able to vote for their favorite entries.
  2. Public Voting: Public, online voting will be open for all entries and contestants. Friends, fans and family can vote once per track per day. In order to vote a person must create a profile and be signed on through HLAG.
  3. Listens: The amount of plays on your track will average into your overall score. The top tracks with the most listens on soundcloud will be automatically bumped to the finals!

And The Beatmaking Champion Is…

Winners Announced on May 29, 2020

The 2020 Hit Like A Girl Champions, Winners and Special Awards will be notified by email and announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on May 29, 2020 at at 12:00 PM PST.

*Note: Dates shown are subject to change.

Official Rules & Policies


All entrants must identify as female. There are no restrictions on age, genre or DAW. There are no rules to what sort of sounds you should use, or if there should be vocals or not. We just want your best production that showcases your most original work.


Winners will be chosen by our team of incredible women in music technology, including:

  • Erin Barra
  • Danielle Thwaites – Daiza
  • Christin Light
  • Krithi Rao
  • Christine Hoberg
  • Tara Bordeaux
  • Soul Reflect
  • dolltr!ck
  • Joanne Corrigall
  • Tuna Pase
  • Ángela Cortés
  • Jen Mitlas
  • Katrine Villadsen
  • Annelise Witek

We are also honored to have the past winners of the HLAG Beatmaking category as judges, including:

  • Muzikaldunk
  • Marcella Fruehan
  • Aletta Verwoerd
  • Georgia Winter
  • Ellie Johnson (Basil)
  • Jessica Muñiz-Collado (NIZCO)
  • Raylinne Garcia
  • Jamie Billings
  • Sophea Sim


Coming Soon!

*Everyone who enters HLAG + BBG will receive the Beats by Girlz Sample Pack, Vol. 1 and will have their tracks included in an exclusive playlist.*


Novation, Native Instruments, Melodics, Presonus and Roland.

In order to expand Hit Like A Girl’s impact around the world, Beats by Girlz has once again agreed to help promote and judge the Beat Making category. This will include outreach to potential participants, organizing the judging and supporting HLAG’s relationships with Tech sponsors @WeAreNovation, @MelodicsHQ, @Presonus, @Roland and @NativeInstruments.