April 15th, 2014
On Saturday, May 17, Rock Camp will be a major part of the season opening home game and Madison Square Garden homecoming festivities for the New York Liberty WNBA team. Get your tickets here to see Harsh Crowd (the rock camp band featured in a recent FUSE TV segment on camp) play a pre-game performance on center court, and enjoy a great evening of basketball with fellow rock camp fans. Tickets are $20, or $50 for a VIP ticket, which includes access to court side seats during the team’s exclusive pre-game shoot around, in addition to a tax-deductible gift supporting all of our programs at Rock Camp. Get your tickets here!
March 17th, 2014
Summer is coming! Open call for volunteers and workshop proposals for this summer’s camp sessions. Do you have a great idea for a rock camp workshop? Now’s the time to make it happen! More info about how to submit a proposal here. 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.
Deadline for workshop proposals and volunteer applications is Friday, May 16!
March 13th, 2014
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
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, 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, 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.