Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Girls Rock! Camp

For information about Girls Rock! Camp 2018, click here.

Girls Rock! Camp is a week-long summer day camp program for girls (transgender & cisgender) and gender non-conforming youth ages 8 to 18. The program offers instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting/band practice, live performances by visiting artists, and culminates in a showcase concert. Two summer camp session are held each summer.

Campers receive two hours of instruction each day on selected instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, DJ/turntables), in semi-private groups organized by skill level and age. All classes are taught by highly qualified volunteers.

On the first day, campers form bands, and during daily band practice, campers write music and lyrics collectively, assisted by band coaches. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to sound engineering to self-defense.

Campers gain first-hand exposure to professional women (transgender & cisgender) and gender non-conforming musicians through performances and workshops. Past visiting artists include Divinity Roxx, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Kathleen Hanna, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Kimya Dawson, and Martha Wainwright.

At the end of the camp week, camper bands perform their original songs at a showcase concert cheered on by an audience of 500+ people.

Campers do not need prior musical experience and tuition is sliding scale. Prospective campers submit applications and a review committee forms a camper group that is diverse in age, income, race/ethnicity, and instrument. Campers at Willie Mae Rock Camp come from a wide range of economic experiences, ethnic identities, gender identities, & boroughs, and more than half self-identify as youth of color. Incoming campers must be 8 before the program begins.

The summer camp is almost entirely volunteer-powered, with approximately 120 volunteers – including professional women (transgender & cisgender), and gender-nonconforming musicians, classroom teachers, lawyers, designers, visual artists, social workers, marketing and public relations professionals — participating in each summer camp session. Volunteers serve as informal mentors, provide instrument instruction, lead camp workshops, and work with camper bands as coaches.

Click here for our Girls Rock! Camp 2018 application.


Cancellation Policy

50% of all tuition payments are non-refundable. Cancellations 3 weeks prior to the camp session will be refunded the other 50%. For cancellations after 3 weeks (and only up to the MONDAY ONE WEEK PRIOR to camp), you may find a replacement for the spot to receive your remaining 50%. Otherwise, this remaining tuition will be used as a donation to the Fairness Fund, which keeps all our programs sliding scale.