Hit Like A Girl

The 2016 Drumming Contest For Women And Girls

Hit Like A Girl 2016 is the fifth annual global drumming contest for female percussionists. Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers 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 in conjunction with founding sponsors DRUM! Magazine, TRX Cymbals, and Tom Tom: The Magazine of Female Drummers. Hit Like A Girl 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.

  • —— Sorry Boys, Ladies Only ——

    Only women and girls are eligible to enter. The contest is named “Hit Like A Girl,” after all.

  • —— Amateur Contest ——

    Drummers who make more than $50k/year playing music and have an endorsement contract are not eligible to enter.

  • —— 1 Contest, 2 Age Groups ——

    Entries are split into <18 and 18+ age groups. Entrants under 14 will need a parent’s consent.

  • —— 3-minute Drumming Video Required ——

    Solos, covers, or gigs are all fair game, just make sure to showcase your skills.

Evaluation Criteria

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

  • 70% —— Performance ——

    Technique, chops, originality, creativity, groove, and feel

  • 20% —— Style ——

    Showmanship, vibe (fit with the music), and personality

  • 10% —— Story ——

    Personal story, background, and potential

Entering The Contest

February 1, 2016 — March 13, 2016

Contest Entry Checklist

  • 3-minute drumming 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.

Two Ways To Make The Finals

Twenty finalists will be chosen in each age group.

  • —— Weekly Selections ——

    February 10, 2016 —— March 9, 2016

    The esteemed panel of judges will select 2 finalists from each age group (4 total) each week during the contest entry phase. Winners will be announced weekly beginning February 10, 2016.

  • OR

  • —— Public Voting ——

    March 14, 2016 —— March 27, 2016

    The top 10 voted videos will become wild card finalists. You may vote for each video once per day. You must be signed on through HLAG or Facebook to cast your vote.

The complete lists of finalists will be announced online on April 23, 2015

Meet our judges

And The Winner Is …

April 14, 2016

The 2016 contest grand prize winners and runners-up will be announced via live webcast on Drumchannel.com. More details to come.

In the mean time, find out more about past winners.

Left to right at the 2015 awards: Jess Bowen, Kiran Gandhi, Alicia Warrington, Don Lombardi (DrumChannel), Val Sepulveda (2013 champion), Chad Smith, David Levine, Cobus Potgieter, Elijah Navarro (Promark), Bianca Richardson (finalist), Mindy Abovitz, Phil Hood, Bobbye Hall, Phil Jaurigui, Chris Stankee (Sabian)

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Official Hit Like A Girl Contest Tank

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