Now entering its seventh year, the 2018 edition of the Hit Like A Girl international drum contest promises to build on the success and growing popularity of the program to expand the public awareness of the female drummers and grow the female drumming community. The 2018 theme, “Break Through”, is an acknowledgment of the progress already made in shattering barriers and stereotypes as well as a call to action aimed at empowering more women and girls to become players.
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- Hit Like A Girl 2018 runs from March through May. During the entry period, there are 6 weekly competitions open to all contestants. The weekly contests are judged by top female drum industry executives along with a female endorser from presenting sponsors.
- After the entry period, there are 2 weeks of public voting followed by the selection of finalists and judging by an all-star panel of celebrity drummers. Winners will be announced during a webcast ceremony in mid-May.
- This year, online entries will be accepted in the over and under 18 age divisions of the drumset, concert, marching and world percussion categories as well as the new Music Technology category run by Beats By Girlz (www.beatsbygirlz.com). In addition, the updated HLAG website will offer links to professional backing tracks suggested by artists such as Anika Nilles and Kaz Rodriguez and sponsors including Drum Channel, Drumeo, and Drum Guru.
- Other developments for 2018 include a version of Hit Like a Girl in China organized by the 9 Beats drum schools (www.9beats.com), expanded local contests in Mexico, France, the UK and other areas around the world organized through the HLAG Ambassadors program and new alliances with educational organizations such as DCI, School Of Rock and Girls Rock Camps.
The lists of 2018 judges, prizes and sponsors are pending and will be announced as they are confirmed. For more information visit: www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.
The Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers was founded in 2012 by Phil Hood (Drum!), David Levine (Full Circle Management) and Mindy Abovitz Monk (Tom Tom). Now in its 7th year, the Hit Like A Girl Contest has had more than 2,500 participants from 50 countries and has received more than 50,000,000 online impressions. Sponsors include many of today’s leading drum, percussion, electronics, accessory and media companies while judges have included some of the most popular, most respected drummers on the planet.
Hit Like A Girl™ And Beats By Girlz™ Team Up To Add Rhythm Technology Category To 2018 Contest.
In an effort to create more players by bringing the ever-expanding worlds of music, technology and drumming together, Hit Like A Girl has announced the addition of a Rhythm Technology category to the upcoming 2018 global contest for female drummers and percussionists. Powered by Beats by Girlz™, the new category will run parallel to HLAG’s existing Drumset, Marching, Concert and World Percussion competition and feature judges, sponsors and prizes from the music technology industry.
“Rhythm has no limits,” explain HLAG Executive Director David Levine and BBG founder Erin Barra. “Opening the Hit Like A Girl contest to include all types of drumming— whether played on traditional instruments or through technology— will allow girls to march to the beat of their own drummer and empower them to become more confident, more successful women.”
Unlike the video entries posted to YouTube that will remain a central element of the contest’s drumset and percussion categories, tech entries will be made in the form of audio files uploaded to SoundCloud. There are no age, length or content restrictions and participants can create beats and loops using a variety of devices, including multipads, drum machines, computers, tablets, Ableton Push, etc. Tracks will be judged by leading professionals and the sickest beats will be eligible to win prizes from companies such as Roland, Ableton, Alesis, Yamaha and many more.
Started in 2013, Beats By Girlz is an education curriculum developed to empower young girls to engage with music technology. It helps regional groups of women mobilize to launch BBG chapters in their own communities and gives them the tools and resources they need to be successful. Beats By Girlz began in New York City and currently has representation throughout the United States. www.beatsbygirlz.com The Hit Like A Girl™ global contest for female drummers was founded in 2012 by Phil Hood (Drum!), David Levine (Full Circle Management) and Mindy Abovitz Monk (Tom Tom). Now in its 7th year, the Hit Like A Girl Contest has had more than 2,500 participants from 50 countries and has received more than 50,000,000 online impressions. Sponsors include many of today’s leading drum, percussion, electronics, accessory and media companies while judges have included some of the most popular, most respected drummers on the planet. www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com
Hit Like A Girl™ And Nine Beats™ Bring The Female Drumming Contest To China.
With nearly 4 million female drummers in the country, it is said that there are more girl drummers in China than total drummers in the United States. To support these drummers— and encourage more girls throughout the world to play drums— Hit Like A Girl and leading drum educators 9 Beats have formed an alliance to bring the 2018 Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers to China.
“The Chinese drumming community is already huge and there is a great potential for it to become huger,” comments HLAG Executive Director David Levine. “With 9 Beats experience and expertise Hit Like A Girl will be able to help grow the market within China and show the progress of China’s young drummers to the rest of the world.”
Hit Like A Girl China will be open to all female drummers and, while most Chinese drum competitions are conducted as live events, the HLAG China contest will be done by video entries that are uploaded to the Chinese video platform Yuku. The China contest will feature Under 12, 13-18 and 18+ age divisions and prizes will include a US tour for the Champions as well as a variety of drum gear. A combination of top Chinese and international drummers will be enlisted as judges for the program.