Hit Like A Girl® 2019 is the eighth annual international contest for female drummers and percussionists. Its purpose is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level. The event is produced by the Hit Like A Girl Contest and our activities are made possible by the generous support of artists, individuals and companies in the music and music products industries.

The Hit Like A Girl Contest was conceived in 2011 by drum industry veteran and HLAG Executive Director David Levine who felt that female drummers were underserved and under represented. He got together with Mindy Abovitz of Tom Tom Magazine, and Phil Hood and Andy Doerschuk at DRUM! Magazine, and the Hit Like A Girl Contest was born. Since then the contest has attracted 5000+ contestants from more than 50 countries. It has generated tens of millions of impressions and fan votes around the world and it has successfully raised the visibility and highlighted the efforts of female drummers and percussionists .

Special thanks to the 2019 Hit Like A Girl Team, including: Louise King (Artist Coordinator), Tatiana Aguilera (Publicity & Social Media Manager), Kimberly Salazar (Production Assistant), Jessica Goodwin (Production Assistant), Danielle Thwaites (Beats By Girlz), Raychel Taylor (Girls March), Moty Baketas (HLAG Mexico), Camille Bigeault (HLAG France) and Noriko Terada (HLAG Japan).

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.

1 Contest, 4 Age Groups

All female drummers, percussionists and programmers are encouraged to participate regardless of their age or ability level. The 4 age divisions allow everyone to support each other and the community.

Amateur Contest

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

3-minute Drumming Video

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:



Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation



Production Quality & Effect



Personality, Passion & Detail

Entering the Contest

March 1, 2019 — April 12, 2019

Contest Entry Checklist

3-minute performance 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.

Three Ways To Make It To The Finals!

1. Weekly Contests

March 1, 2019–April 12, 2019

One “Weekly Winner” in each age division of the drumset category is chosen during each week of the contest and will receive an assortment of prizes. These winners will be determined by an esteemed team of judges made up of members of the Sabian Educators Network (SEN). Weekly Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 12, 2019. Weekly Winners automatically become Finalists.

The Weekly contests are cumulative, meaning that the all current contest entries are eligible to be selected as a Weekly Winner, not just those entries registered during a specific week. For example, the Week Three winner will be selected from all video entires registered during weeks one, two and three.  

2. Public Voting

April 12, 2019–April 25, 2019

Public, online voting for will be open to all entries and contestants. Friends, fans and family can each vote once per video per day. In order to vote a person must create a profile and be signed in through the HLAG website. The entries in each age division with the most votes by April 25 will become the Finalists.

3. Wild Card Judging

A limited number of entries selected by Hit Like A Girl will be added to the Finalists as Wild Cards. These entries will be chosen on the basis of their drumming skills and presentation.

Celebrity Judging

April 26, 2019–May 9, 2019

The Finalists in the Drumset, World, Concert and Marching Percussion and Technology categories will be announced on May 2, 2018 and judged by a panel of the world’s top female and male drummers during the following 2-week period. The Champions and Runners-Up will be determined using standardized score sheets.

And The Winner Is…

May 24, 2019

The 2019 Hit Like A Girl Champions, winners and runners-up will be announced via live webcast May 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM PST. The Awards Show will feature videos of top finalists and winners as well as appearances and performances by celebrity drummers, judges and guest hosts.

*Note: Dates shown are subject to change due to unforeseen delays.