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“Hit Like A Girl” is a global, online contest for female drummers that drew competitors from 45 countries in 2014. Now the event is shaping up for its fourth year. The contest opened for online video entries on March 1 and will close April 8. Prizes include complete acoustic, electronic or hybrid drum kits and accessories. Two pair of weekly winners will be chosen by celebrity/ industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8.

Fan Voting opens April 10 and closes April 22.

The Top 20 Weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4.

The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.

Complete acoustic, electronic or hybrid drum kits and accessories will be given away to the first, second and third finishers in both Under 18 and Over 18 categories. The value of all prizes exceeds $15,000.

Joining the 2015 event are spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) with celebrity judges Sheila E, Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (the Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry) and Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb). The judging panel also includes leading YouTube artists Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles, Motown legend Bobbye Hall and Lux Drummerette, as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.

The 2015 “Hit Like A Girl” Contest features several returning sponsors as well as some new ones. This year’s presenting sponsors are Zildjian, Evans, and DW Drums. Additional sponsors include: Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Yamaha and Yamaha DTX Drums, Alfred Music, Musicians Institute, Innovative Percussion, Vater, Promark, Puresound, SKB, TRX, Vic Firth, Audix and Cympad.

Media sponsors from around the world have been enlisted to help support the contest, including: the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and the Enter Music Network and Online Drummer as well as Drumhead (US), Music Radar/Rhythm Magazine (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany) and DrumScene (Australia).

For more information, visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.


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The Recording Academy & Grammy Foundation Now Taking Applications for Their Music Educator Award

The winner will also attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants.

“The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to create this award to honor the powerful and lasting influence music educators have on their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. “Generations of musicians — including many GRAMMY nominees and GRAMMY winners — got their start on the path to a creative life from a teacher who instilled in them a belief in their own talents, and a passion for building a professional career in music.”

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Applications for the third annual Music Educator Award are currently online. To nominate a teacher, visit GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. The nomination deadline for the 2016 Music Educator Award is March 15. The application process will be adjusted each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded.


View a complete list of Music Educator Award finalists:

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Calling all singers! AARP’s singing competition is back and we’re ready to discover the next big star. Don’t miss the chance to show the world you’ve got what it takes to be the next big singing sensation. Begin your road to stardom and become AARP’s Superstar 2015!

AARP wants to help you achieve your dreams! We’re looking for the next American singing sensation – and no kids allowed to enter! Contestants must be age 50 or over at the time of contest conclusion on May 15, 2015 and possess a voice that will make crowds jump to their feet with excitement. Deadline to enter is March 12th.

Finalists will compete on May 15, 2015 at AARP’s Life@50+ event in Miami in front a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The winner will receive $5,000 and the title AARP’s Superstar 2015!

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