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Hit Like A Girl

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, and 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’s.

See Milana play drums:

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.

18+ Category

AnyK of Germany plays an original called “Wild Boy.”

Susan Lucia plays a scorching solo with an unusual marimba-cello trio.

CELEBRITY JUDGES

Emmanuele Caplette

Hannah Ford

Jess Bowen

Meytal Cohen

Dawn Richardson

Alexey Poblete

Emily Dolan-Davies

Cherisse Osei

Valeria Sepulveda

Allison Miller

Lux

Samantha Maloney

Sheila E

Kate Schellenbach

Nia Lovelis

Jen ledger

Didi Negron

INDUSTRY JUDGES

Mindy Abovitz
Sarah Hagan
Craigie Zildjian
Sarah Heil
Michelle Levitt
Kim Willis
Jordan Liffengren
Prudence Elliott

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