$500 grant recipient will be chosen based on dedication, determination, perseverance, and hard work.

Hit Like A Girl and The Sessions have jointly announced the establishment of the Joe Hibbs Award. Created in honor of one of the hardest-working people in the drum business, the $500 grant will be given to the Hit Like A Girl contest participant who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, ambition, persistence and integrity — the values that made the late Joe Hibbs (pictured) such a positive influence on the drumming community and so respected by the people he worked with.

“This award is for the hardest-working, most determined player,” explains The Sessions founder, Jules Follett. “Someone who has shown exceptional dedication in the face of extraordinary challenges. We feel this is the most appropriate way for us to honor Joe and support Hit Like A Girl’s goal of empowering more girls to follow their dreams.”

Joe Hibbs was a beloved and trusted icon in the drum business. After starting his career as a player, he went on to became one of the most respected artist relations managers; working for Tama, Premier, Promark, and Mapex and working with legendary drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Lars Ulrich, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Smith, Billy Cobham, Simon Phillips, Chris Adler, Pete Lockett, Russ Miller, and many others. He was the Artist Relations Director for KHS Music (Mapex, Sonor) at the time of his death in 2016. The Joe Hibbs Award is a $500 grant that can be used for lessons, gear, studio rental or other drumming-related expenses. The recipient of the award will be determined by The Sessions at the conclusion of the Hit Like A Girl Contest in April 2017.

Contestants of all ages may enter the Hit Like A Girl Contest until March 13, 2017.


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About The Sessions

The Sessions is a powerful and uplifting interactive presentation to sharpen an artist’s business skills, such as contract negotiations, entertainment law, marketing, self-promotion, social media, and artist relations. For further information visit thesessions.org.

About Hit Like A Girl

Now in its sixth year, the Hit Like A Girl Contest has had more than 2,000 participants from 50 countries and more than 10,000,000 online impressions. Sponsors have included many of today’s leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics, and media companies while judges have included some of the most popular, most important and most influential drummers on the planet. Hit Like A Girl’s 2017 co-spokesperson is Kimberly Thompson. For more information, go to hitlikeagirlcontest.com.

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