2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Kicks Off March 1
World's Only Global Online Event Promoting Female Drumming
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Hit Like A Girl is a global, online contest for female drummers that drew competitors from 45 countries in 2014. Now in its fourth year, the 2015 event is shaping up to be the biggest yet.
New Sponsors Join Program
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest features several returning sponsors as well as some new ones. This year’s presenting sponsors are Zildjian, Evans, and DW Drums. Additional sponsors include: Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Yamaha and Yamaha DTX Drums, Alfred Music, Musicians Institute, Innovative Percussion, Vater, Promark, Puresound, SKB, TRX, Vic Firth, Audix, and Cympad.
Media sponsors from around the world have been enlisted to help support the contest, including: the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and the Enter Music Network and Online Drummer as well as Drumhead (US), Music Radar/Rhythm Magazine (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany) and DrumScene (Australia).
Joining 2015 event spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil, right) as celebrity judges are Sheila E, Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry) and Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb). The judging panel also includes leading YouTube artists Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles, Motown legend Bobbye Hall, and Lux Drummerette, as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.
Schedule of Events.
2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest opens for online video entries at 12:01 AM PST on March 1, 2015. Two pair of Weekly Winners will be chosen by celebrity/industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8. Fan Voting Open April 10 and closes April 22. The Top Twenty Weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4. The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.
Complete acoustic, electronic or hybrid drum kits and accessories will be given away to the first, second, and third finishers in both Under 18 and Over 18 categories. The value of all prizes exceeds $15,000.
HLAG Ambassadors represent nearly 2 dozen countries around the world and are responsible for expanding the awareness of drumming and increasing participation in the contest by organizing promotional activities through their local and social media contacts.
Free Play-Along Tracks
A selection of more than a dozen free, downloadable play-along tracks for this year’s contest are being provided courtesy of Hudson Music, Drum Fun, and Gregg Bissonette. Entrants may use the royalty-free tracks to avoid copyright issues with their entry.
Where To Find Out More
Web site: http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com
Background: The Hit Like A Girl Contest was founded by DRUM!, Tom Tom Magazine, and TRX Cymbals in 2012. Since then there have been nearly 1,200 entrants from 42 countries, half a million fan votes, and more than 6,000,000 web impressions. Past contestants have gone on to big gigs including 2012 winner D'Arcus Curry (T-Pain); 2012 contestant Venzella Joy (Beyonce); 2014 Runner-Up Anika Nilles (YouTube Star) and 2014 champion Riesha Fayson (currently touring China). For 2015, Hit Like A Girl is expanding its reach with the International Ambassador program; a worldwide network of female drummers promoting the contest and benefits of drumming to local players and professionals.