Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

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May 23rd, 2014

Deadline Extended for Volunteers

Summer is coming! Open call for volunteers for this summer’s camp sessions. Want to volunteer as a counselor, band coach, roadie, or one of many other fantastic and rewarding positions? Read all about it and apply today! More info about volunteering here.

May 23rd, 2014


Exciting news! We just won a HIVE Digital Learning Fund/New York Community Trust grant to partner with the Lower Eastside Girls Club on a program using music and technology to encourage girls to explore and learn more about science.

April 15th, 2014

Rock Camp at Madison Square Garden

On May 17, Harsh Crowd (the band featured in a recent FUSE TV segment on camp) rocked a crowd of fans at Madison Square Garden at the homecoming festivities for the New York Liberty WNBA team. More than 100 members of the rock camp community came together to enjoy an evening of basketball and good times.

March 13th, 2014

Rookie Scholarship

Exciting news! We’ve just added a scholarship opportunity for Girls Rock! Camp applicants. Rookie, 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.

March 12th, 2014

WMRC is Hiring!

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls seeks a year-round Operations Manager to execute and supervise all aspects of organization’s administrative and program-related operations. WMRC also seeks a short-term Program Coordinator to manage a wide variety of aspects of the organization’s core summer programs. Priority deadline is March 25. Click the above links for more information about the positions and how to apply.


March 11th, 2014

Harsh Crowd Rocks Fuse TV and Joe’s Pub

Harsh Crowd, a band that formed at Rock Camp last summer, is going strong. The group performed at a Feminist Press event on March 20 at Joe’s Pub, and were featured in a FUSE TV segment on camp. Watch it here! The four 12-year-olds rehearse weekly at rock camp’s practice space as part of Willie Mae’s band mentoring program. Mark May 17 on your calendars — that’s when the band will play the plaza at Madison Square Garden! Stay tuned…

January 21st, 2014

Girls Rock! Camp 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

Jumpstart 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

Rhythm & Soul 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

Bowl-a-thon Beats Goal by 70%

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.