A NEW DIRECTION...
An important announcement about Hit Like A Girl 2024
Whether you’ve been following Hit Like A Girl since we began in 2012 or just for the past few months, it’s impossible not to have noticed that there are more girls, women and non-binary drummers and percussionists playing, teaching, supporting and actively participating in drumming today than ever before.
And, from a historical, social, musical and commercial perspective, the growing quantity, quality and diversity of the female community has been one of the biggest and most important changes in drumming in the 21st Century.
While we certainly can’t take all the credit for these developments, it is fair to say that the Hit Like A Girl contest has played a significant part in what has become a worldwide movement.
Earlier this year our Directors and International Ambassadors held a series of meetings to evaluate our progress and set a course for the future. We came to 2 major conclusions: 1) Although it is one way to build a community, a contest is not the only way to reach that goal, and 2) Female drumming has grown and Hit Like A Girl needs to grow with it.
In other words, while the Hit Like A Girl contest got us headed in the right direction, in order to sustain the organization and optimize its impact, it’s time for a new direction.
Therefore, the Hit Like A Girl executive board has established the following goals for 2024:
- Continued advocacy and support for the global growth of female drummers.
- Reallocation of resources for new projects and maximum impact.
- Decentralization of the organization to facilitate greater activation of the community around the world.
- Increased funding through sponsorships, grants, gifts and donations.
To meet these goals, we have adopted the following action plan for the next 12 months:
- Transition to an every-other-year cycle for the HLAG contest (meaning no international contest in 2024).
- Organize and promote a series of Mini-Contests throughout the year.
- Expand Local and Regional Ambassador programs and activities (contests, festivals, residencies, summits, etc.).
- Establish/Strengthen alliances with companies, organizations and events that support and benefit from our mission.
- Rebrand the HLAG website and social pages as hitlikeagirl.org.
We recognize that some of these changes, like not having a contest in 2024, may be surprising or even a bit controversial. However, we feel that these adjustments are necessary to allow us to continue to serve our expanding mission— and our ever-expanding community— in the coming months and years.
P.S. Thanks to the many companies and individuals that have so generously contributed to Hit Like A Girl in the past. Your continued support remains essential to our continued success.
Presented by POUND FIT
Hit Like A Girl and HLAG 2023 presenting sponsor Pound Fit have teamed up to create an exciting, exclusive, powerful and empowering bundle of Warm-Up & Work-Out videos that are guaranteed to get you moving AND grooving. The special HLAGxPoundFit bundle includes a sampling of 12 POUND workouts with a variety of styles and durations as well as an exclusive 45-minute "Drumming for Wellness" panel discussion featuring POUND Founder + CEO Kirsten Potenza, along with Alyssa DeCaro, Megan Spencer and Shir Dyer, representing various roles as drummers, educators and facilitators. Click here for more info and to register.
Endorsed by top drummers and recommended for all ages.
Proceeds, plus a matching donation from POUND, to benefit Hit Like A Girl.
HOW TO MAKE
Hit Like A Girl and School of Rock have put together a tutorial that provides suggestions on how to make a pro-quality video for contest entry and auditions as well as your own social pages. The video features one School of Rock's top young drummers, Ainsley. Also, check-out this video of Ainsley and the School of Rock AllStars band performing "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue.
Click here for more tips on how to make great videos
and how find a School of Rock location near you.
2023 Hit Like a Girl Sponsors
SUPPORT Hit Like a Girl
Participation in the Hit Like A Girl contest has always been free of charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and the many volunteers around the world who provide their time, energy and expertise.
However, in order to continue this policy as well as the growth of the program, we ask that those who are able to make a financial contribution to please do so. Every donation will be used appropriately and greatly appreciated no matter the size.
Click here to make a direct donation through our Paypal account.
Hit Like A Girl, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.