March 11th, 2014
Exciting news! We’ve just added a scholarship opportunity for Girls Rock! Camp applicants. Rookie Magazine, a website for teenage girls, has made a scholarship for girls who love to write. The recipient will be invited to write about her experience at camp… and have her writing reviewed by the editors at Rookie! For more info, check out scholarship info here.
January 21st, 2014
Girls Rock! Camp, for girls aged 8 – 18, will take place in two sessions: July 14 – 19 and July 28 – August 2, at Blue School in lower Manhattan. Tuition for Girls Rock! Camp is sliding scale; full 2014 tuition is $565. Girls Rock! Camp enrollment is by application, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New this year: no application fee! APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE HERE. Watch this space for applications translated into Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, and Italian.
January 21st, 2014
Rock Camp Jumpstart, the summer program for girls aged 4 – 7, will take place July 7 – 11, at Blue School in lower Manhattan. Now in its second year, the program focuses on music and creativity, with lots of opportunities to experiment with sound and movement and songwriting. The week ends in an intimate, on-site showcase for family and friends. Tuition for Rock Camp Jumpstart is $495. Financial assistance is available. Rock Camp Jumpstart enrollment is limited to 40 students; registration is on a first-come, first served basis. REGISTER TODAY.
November 6th, 2013
What a night! This year’s Rhythm & Soul benefit, which took place on December 10 at Gibson Guitar Studios, was a fabulous success. The night featured performances by Mr. Murray Hill, rock camp alumni DJ Big Bang and Harsh Crowd, and refreshments by Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke Battery Park, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, celebrity chef Araron Sanchez, and more.
Check out the photos here.
September 26th, 2013
The first-ever Rock ‘n Bowl-a-thon was a thundering success! Bowlers enjoyed a fantastically fun afternoon at Frames on September 15, and thanks to their fundraising prowess, the bowl-a-thon raised more than $17,000 — beating the original fundraising goal by a whopping 70%! All-star judges, including actress Jessica Pimentel of Orange is the New Black, awarded prizes in many categories, including Best Team Name and Lowest Bowling Score. The campaign benefitted Wilie Mae’s Fairness Fund, which allows Willie Mae to offer its music and mentoring programs free of charge or with sliding-scale tuition to youth. Check out photos here.
September 25th, 2013
Thanks to Dawn Orlando, owner of Funkadelic Studios, campers at Ladies Rock Camp get the chance to play in a professional rehearsal studio that has a strong track record (no pun intended) of supporting female musicians. Funkadelic Studios, which has been the official sponsor of Ladies Rock Camp since 2012, provides a full range of rehearsal and recording services and community events for NYC musicians. Dawn answered some questions from Funkadelic’s new location near Times Square — read the interview here.
August 28th, 2013
“We love [Willie Mae Rock Camp] so much. We’d send her every day of the week, instead of regular school, if we could.”
August 21st, 2013
August 15th, 2013
How did Funkadelic get started?
In 1993, two Brooklyn-based band mates, John and Tom, found there was a lack of affordable space available last minute in Manhattan, and the idea of Funkadelic Studios was born. They pulled together every cent they had and built the first Funk on 22nd Street. Over the years, at several locations, Funkadelic Services expanded their services, and as we begin our 20th year in business, I as the new owner, along with the original owner, Tom, are striving to make Funkadelic Studios a resource for all musicians.
What motivated Funkadelic to become a sponsor of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls?
Funk’s motivation for sponsoring WMRC is honestly very selfish. Advancement of women in business and industry has been a passion since I joined the work force in 1986. Finding an organization managed by female volunteers inspiring and mentoring girls through music with the mission and purpose of WMRC was a perfect fit. Empowering women and girls to live the lives they love and to incorporate music really spoke to me.
Tell us about your new studio!
The new Funkadelic Studios is located on West 40th St in the heart of Times Square and features 10 Rehearsal Studios, a Recording Studio, Repair Shop, Gear Rental and Live Sound Reinforcement. Studio 1, our feature studio, can accommodate a large band or small orchestra. The Studio seats 50 guests or standing room for 75. We host small intimate music showcases, CD release parties, Open Mics, Open Jams and private parties. We welcome fundraising events. We have the capability to audio and video record events.
Any exciting plans for the coming year in the works?
We are excited to celebrate 20 years servicing the NYC music community and plan to celebrate our customers with a music festival in 2014. Last year we introduced “Fifteen Minutes of Fame,” Funk’s version of American Idol. The plans have begun for another “Fame” in 2014. We’re currently working with music educators to bring Music Educational Workshops to Funk Studios.
August 6th, 2013
We hope to announce the dates and location for the summer 2014 program season as soon as possible this month. The application will be available when we launch. The season will include two sessions of Girls Rock! Camp for ages 8 – 18 and one session of Rock Camp Jumpstart for ages 4 – 7. To receive notification when the application is launched, sign up for our notification email list on the homepage. If you have attended camp before or have subscribed in the past, you are already signed up to receive notice. Please don’t call the office, we are not able to return calls about summer dates.