The Hit Like A Girl Contest, which kicked off at the annual NAMM show last week, has drawn more than 50 entrants in its first few days. The entrants to date represent 14 countries including the US, Brazil, France, Germany, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Korea, Ireland, United Kingdom, Colombia, Slovenia, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay.
Hit Like A Girl is the global contest for female drummers featuring prizes totaling more than $20,000. Girls and women drummers can enter in one of two age categories between now and March 1. Each week finalists are chosen by celebrity judges and industry personnel. Following the entry period there are three weeks of fan voting to help determine wildcard finalists. The finalists are announced March 24, 2014 and then the celebrity judges review all the videos again. Winners are announced April 4, 2014.
PRIZES: EVERYONE WINS
The top three finalists are guaranteed to win acoustic or electronic drum sets from Pacific Drums & Percussion or Yamaha DTX Drums. Runners-up 3 through 10 will receive additional prizes that may include drums, hardware, cases, sticks, and heads. All entrants will win something, though including gift certificates, digital subscriptions, web site memberships, or free instructional downloads.
YOUNGEST TO THE OLDEST
Already the contest has garnered one especially young—and talented—entrant Milana. Just five years old she plays along to “Monster” by Skillet, a tune that features Hit Like A Girl Contest judge Jen Ledger. At the other end of the spectrum some of the entrants took up drumming later in life and are entering in their 40’ws.
See Milana play drums http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/milana
WEEKLY GO PRO WINNERS
Each week during the entry period from January 24 to March 1, the judges, working with women execs in the music products industry choose weekly winners. Each winner receives a GoPro camera and is automatically included in the contest final voting round.
For Week 1 the finalists were chosen by Sarah Hagen, artist relations director for Zildjian Cymbals, and Hannah Ford, the drummer for Prince’s 3rdEye Girl. And the winners are…
Under 18 Category
Nine-year old Kalonica is from Indonesia and plays with great energy http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/finalist/kalonicanicx
Jasmin Ulrich is from Germany and has been playing since age 6. She covers a tune by Paramore in her video. http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/finalist/jasmin
AnyK of Germany plays an original called “Wild Boy.” http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/finalist/anyk
Susan Lucia plays a scorching solo with an unusual marimba-cello trio. http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/finalist/susan-the-drummer
Big Bang Distribution
Dark Horse Percussion
Drum For Goodness Sake
Enter Music Network
Pacific Drums & Percussion
Percussion Marketing Council
Percussive Arts Society
Robert Downs Photography
The Black Page
Tom Tom Magazine
Women In Music Network