CAMPS AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

In order to ensure the safety and health of all our campers, staff and volunteers, we have transformed all of our award winning, in-person experiences to an online platform so everyone can feel like a rockstar from the safety of their own home.

We understand that every family’s financial situation is different. GRA firmly believes financial, physical, and social barriers shouldn’t prevent anyone from gaining the self-esteem that comes from creative expression, and thus scholarships or financial aid to anyone who needs it. We highly encourage parents and guardians to apply for full or partial financial assistance if needed (the amount of tuition they’re able to pay neither increases or decreases their chances of getting accepted into any programs). If you would like to apply for financial aid, you can fill out an application here.

GRA’s Camp Rock-A-Rama

SESSION 1: MONDAY, JULY 12TH TO FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, 9AM TO 5 PM.
SONG SHOWCASE, SATURDAY, JULY 24TH AT NOON

Tuition for GRA’s Rock-A-Rama is $300. FINANCIAL AID IS STILL AVAILABLE!

GRA is spicing up our award-winning camp and serving up a new virtual program to help tweens and teens de-stress, build confidence while safely navigating from home. Girls Rock Austin works to amplify voices that have otherwise been told to be silent. We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change. Through music and creative expression, we create the tools needed to build a loud, celebratory movement that’s accessible, community-based, and collaborative. 

Every young person feels represented and can find peers and role models that can relate to their experience at Camp Rock-A-Rama. Campers ages 8-17 learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals) and write their own original music while discovering how to work together as a band, building self-esteem, confidence, and assertiveness. GRA is where girls, non-binary and trans youth learn how to rock in their own way, on their own terms.

Each morning starts with the Rock-A-Rama Morning Show with hosts GRA Executive Director, Jamie Bahr and GRA Program Director, Madison Whitaker and includes discussions, workshops and instructional videos and an inspiring live lunchtime musical performance by women, trans and non-binary artists. The morning show features discussions explaining our unique camp culture, along with different daily themes. Topics include “Healthy Communication Skills and Boundaries,” “ Social Media,” “Image & Identity” and “Social Justice & Impactful Representation.” Each theme provides an opportunity for campers to learn. With “Healthy Communication Skills and Boundaries.” campers learn about self expression, efficacy and consent, while our workshops on “Social Media” will discuss how to brand your band, design a band logo, costuming and stage presence, but more importantly, we’ll educate campers regarding photo Manipulation and its effects on our own self-image and what protecting your identity and what types personal information are okay to share as well as what not to post, and how to identify a friend in need of support. “Image & Identity” focuses on mental health body positivity, self-acceptance and self-defense while “Social Justice” aims to help our campers understand privilege and promote inclusivity as well as provide information on how to be a good ally to fight against racism, homophobia and transphobia and acknowledge the achievements of racial and gender minorities that helped form the music we love.

The afternoon is really where the campers put to use all of this new knowledge they’ve accrued in their live music lessons and workshops about sound engineering, music video production and musical collaboration. Each camper also has their own profile on GRA’s Mighty Network, our online platform (The Mighty Network) and Soundtrap, which is what the campers will use to create their original song. The Mighty Network has its own internal chat social media where they can share pictures, videos, links on topics they’re interested in and chat with their instructors, band managers and producers (band coaches) as well as other campers.No outsiders are permitted, only campers, staff and volunteers. All chats and threads are monitored and moderated by our staff to ensure conversations are appropriate and prevent any bullying (and we include self-deprecation in that definition).

Camp Rock-A-RAMA is open to campers of all experiences, backgrounds, and interests in various styles of music (not just rock!) GRA provides musical instruments and equipment to any camper in the Austin area who needs it and instrument instruction for all skill levels with knowledgeable educators and mentors. Beginners, intermediate and advanced musicians are all welcome!

GRA After School

Tuition for GRA After School is $400/session.

GRA After School is an online program for girls, genderfluid/non-binary and trans youth ages 8 to 17. Experienced instructors teach campers guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, or vocals. No musical experience is required and we love beginners! Each student is placed in a band of their peers to share their ideas and collaborate to write original songs as well as participate in enriching workshops designed to cultivate discussions about topics relevant to them. The Session ends with a performance livestream song showcase online where the campers will debut their original songs, artwork and perform in a “Live Music Video.”

Girls Rock Austin is much more than a rock camp — it is a mentorship and social justice organization.

GRA is also aware that a stable family dynamic is not always the case for many of our campers. In this vein, we provide full scholarships to any child in foster care and have long established relationships and bridge programs with the Settlement Home for Children, Austin Children’s Shelter, Refugee Services of Texas, and SAFE. 

Each camper will have their own profile on GRA’s Mighty Network, our online platform (The Mighty Network) and Soundtrap, which is what the campers will use to create their original song. The Mighty Network has its own internal chat social media (no outsiders, only campers, staff and volunteers) where they can share pictures, videos, links on topics they’re interested in and chat with their instructors, band managers and producers (band coaches) as well as other campers. All chats and threads will be monitored and moderated by our staff to ensure conversations are appropriate and to prevent any bullying (including self-deprecation).

Check out our YouTube channel to see videos of campers in action.
“This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.”