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Watch the complete 2016 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show at www.drumchannel.com.

HLAG 2016 Report

With hundreds of entries from more than 40 countries, the support of today’s top male and female drum artists, contributions from leading drum companies and 9.5 million ad impressions globally, the just concluded Hit Like A Girl Contest for female drummers is being acclaimed as the biggest and most successful yet. Documentation of the impact of the 5th annual edition of the public awareness/market development project is included in the 2016 HLAG Wrap-Up Report (attached and available for download at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/2016-wrap-up).

Along with acknowledging the incredible talent and generosity of the individuals and companies that participated this year, organizers of the international drumming promotion are already turning their attention to growing the event next year.

"In order to continue to build on the momentum of our program— and the expansion of the female drumming community— we have begun pre-production for the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest," says HLAG co-founder Phil Hood (Enter Music Publications). "Everyone who is interested in getting involved is invited to contact us."

Hood and the HLAG production team that includes David Levine (Full Circle Management), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and Louise King (former Rhythm magazine editor) are currently discussing the 2017 Hit Like A Girl project with potential sponsors, judges and other collaborators in the United States and around the world. The founders are also considering several changes that are intended to raise the awareness of the program while, at the same time, encourage more girls and women to participate.

Among the planned changes are:

  • Constructive Feedback for all entries from an established online educational resource.
  • Special Awards for outstanding Marching and Hand Percussion entries in the upper and lower age divisions.
  • Special Awards for the most popular videos as determined by public voting.
  • Additional promotion of the HLAG mission through an expansion of the HLAG Ambassador program and alliances with major drum festivals, schools and events in the US and other countries around the world.

For complete information on 2016’s activities, sponsors and prizes as well as videos of winners, finalists and contestants visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com. The 6th annual Hit Like A Girl Contest kicks off in January 2017.

Now entering its 6th year, since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began there have been more than 2,000 entrants from 50 countries and more than 40,000,000 web impressions. Sponsors have included D’Addario, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Mapex, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. Hit Like A Girl’s 2016 co-spokespersons were Anika Nilles and Hannah Welton.

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