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DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom Mag And Major Drum Companies Conduct “Hit Like A Girl” Beat Breaking Female Drum Contest


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San Jose, Calif., DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom: A Magazine About Female Drummers, and several drum products companies have joined to launch the “Hit Like A Girl" drumming contest. This ground-breaking contest for female drummers officially begins (today) Feb. 1st. The announcement of this major female drumming event was made during NAMM 2012 and featured in an interview between DRUM! publisher, Phil Hood, and well-respected female drummer, Hannah Ford.

DRUM Contest Details

The international contest invites female drummers to upload video links and bios at www.hitlikeagirl2012.com for a chance to win $10,000 prizes and media support from DRUM! Magazine and Tom-Tom. After a first round of fan voting in February and March, six celebrity drummer judges, including Sheila E, will pick the top three finalists in April. Winners will be announced May 1.

Signature Series Support For Female Drumming

Aiming to seek, support and celebrate the impact of female drummers on contemporary music and the worldwide drumming community, leading drum equipment manufacturers Crush, TRX, Vater, Evans and SKB, along with major drum media companies including Drum!, Tom Tom Magazine: A Magazine About Female Drummers, Alfred Music, Drum Channel and the Enter Music Network, joined together to sponsor “Hit Like A Girl 2012," the first ever drumming contest for girls and women.

The online competition is hosted at hitlikeagirl2012.com and is open to female drum set players of all ages, levels, types and styles. Entries in the form of 3-5 minute performance videos will be accepted from February 1 through March 31, 2012 with the winners scheduled to be announced May 1. Entrants may post their videos as a response at the hitlikeagirl2012 youtube site or upload embed codes and links from any video hosting site. Each entrant must fill out a coupon with their name, email, age, and include a brief, written description of the player's influences and/or reasons for drumming. Since the competition will take place online, players can participate from anywhere in the world.

Girls With The Groove Judges: Sheila E And Beyond

For the final rounds, the top videos will be judged by a stellar panel of female drum artists, including drumming legend Sheila E, Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Susie Ibarra (Mundo Niños), Dawn Richardson (4 Non-Blondes), Kim Thompson (Beyoncé) and others (pending availability). Judging criteria will include technique, time, feel, creativity, personality, passion and showmanship. Fans, friends and drum enthusiasts from around the world will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the preliminary rounds at hitlikeagirl2012.com

Contest prizes will feature a complete drum and cymbal set along with sticks, heads, cases and a variety of other accessories and merch totaling over $10,000. And, 100 additional entrants will receive subscriptions, shirts, sticks, or other merchandise.

According to its organizers, not only is holding an online contest exclusively for female drummers a fresh approach to a traditional drumming activity, the amount of marketing support and media coverage across multiple print, electronic and point-of-purchase platforms is unprecedented. Along with full-page advertisements and expanded coverage, winners will be featured in Drum! and Tom Tom magazines while Drum Channel will also feature special “Hit Like A Girl 2012" programming. “Hit Like A Girl 2012" banners and promotional messaging will also appear on sponsors' websites and social media as well as Enter Music Network affiliates such as sickdrummer.com, onlinedrummer.com, drummerconnection.com, drumlink.com, indiandrummer.com, and others.

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