In order to ensure the safety and health of all our campers, staff and volunteers, we are foregoing having an in-person camp experience and are transitioning our program to an online platform.
The Virtual Girls Rock Camp sessions (for ages 8-17) will still include live instrument instructions, collaborative workshops and a livestream showcase at the end of each session. In addition to online courses, campers will receive an activity workbook including a prompted journal. We will still provide musical instruments and necessary gear for any Austin-area campers that need them.
Session 1: Monday, July 13th – Friday, July 17th, 2020 Showcase: Saturday, July 18th, 2020 Session 2: Monday, July 20th – Friday, July 24th, 2020 Showcase: Saturday, July 25th, 2020
If you would like to register your child or yourself for GRA’s Weekly Virtual Music Lessons Program, featuring live, one-on-one sessions with a qualified Girls Rock Austin instructor, please apply here.
Girls Rock Austin is a day camp for girls, genderfluid/non-binary and trans youth ages 8 to 17. Qualified instructors teach campers guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, or vocals. No musical experience is required. Campers then form bands and write original songs. Camp is divided between music instruction, band practice & collaboration, and enriching workshops designed to cultivate discussions about our experiences with the world, as well as delve further into musical skills. The camp week ends on Saturday with a performance showcase online where the campers will debut their original songs and artwork.
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, thus providing more than 62% of our participants with scholarships or financial aid in 2019. 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). 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. If you would like to apply for financial aid, you can fill out an application here.
Girls Rock Austin is much more than a rock camp — it is a mentorship and social justice organization. We believe that creativity, positivity, and community are key elements of personal and collective empowerment and positive social change. A significant portion of the week is dedicated to workshops where campers can have facilitated discussions about topics affecting their daily lives, such as media literacy and body image. Dedicating time and safe spaces for these discussions increases campers’ sense of support and reiterates the importance of creative expression. Additionally, they get to learn more in-depth facets of the independent music creation process in songwriting, screen printing, recording, and history of women in music workshops.
Other past workshop examples include:
Women Who Rock
Healthy Relationships/Communication Skills
Image & Identity
Alumnae and their parents report that the unique experience changed their lives, and after camp they feel more inclined to try new things; creatively, academically, and socially. Participants are more confident and expressive, have better teamwork and collaboration skills, and are better prepared to navigate life’s challenges. Many girls come away from camp with adult mentors and peer bonds that continue years after camp.
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.”