Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Girls Rock! Camp 2018

Your Weird Cousin (2017)

Your Weird Cousin (2017)

Second round of notifications have been sent on 3/22, next round of notifications will be sent on 4/26. Get your application in before then to be a part of the next batch!

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Thank you for your interest in Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls! We’re very excited about camp this year, and we’re looking forward to receiving your application. Please read carefully—there is a lot of information and we cannot consider incomplete or late applications. Rock on!

If you’d prefer to read a PDF of all the info below, please click here: GRC 2018 Info Sheet

Information about applications in Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese, French Creole and Arabic are at the end of this page.



2018 GIRLS ROCK! CAMP SESSIONS 

Session 1: Monday, July 30th  Saturday, August 4th
Monday – Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm at Cathedral High School in Midtown Manhattan
Address: 350 East 56th street, New York, NY 10022

Building is wheelchair accessible through 1011 1st avenue entrance

Buses:
M15 Bus to East 54th/55th streets (1st or 2nd avenues
M102/103 Bus to 50th/52nd street (Lexington or 3rd Avenues)
M1/2/3/4 to 56th street (Madison or 5th avenues)
M57 to 55th street (Sutton Place or 1st avenue)
M31 to 57th & 2nd Avenue
Express Buses:
BM1/2/3/4/5, X2/5/10/10B/17/17J/22/22A/31 to 57th & 3rd avenue
QM34/40/42 to 55th & 3rd avenue
BXM18, Q32 to 56th & Madison Avenue
X12/14/30/42 to 54th street & 5th Avenue
QM21, X63/64/68 to 57th & Park Avenue
X28/27/37/38 to 57th street & Madison Avenue
Trains:
4/5/6/N/R/W trains to 59th street and Lexington Avenue
E/F/M trains to 53rd & Lexington Avenue
F/Q trains to 63rd & Lexington Avenue
Final concert, Saturday August 4th @ 12PM Location TBD

 

Session 2: Monday, August 13 – Saturday, August 18
Monday – Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm at Cathedral High School in Midtown Manhattan
Address: 350 East 56th street, New York, NY 10022

Building is wheelchair accessible through 1011 1st avenue entrance

Buses:
M15 Bus to East 54th/55th streets (1st or 2nd avenues)
M102/103 Bus to 50th/52nd street (Lexington or 3rd Avenues)
M1/2/3/4 to 56th street (Madison or 5th avenues)
M57 to 55th street (Sutton Place or 1st avenue)
M31 to 57th & 2nd Avenue
Express Buses:
BM1/2/3/4/5, X2/5/10/10B/17/17J/22/22A/31 to 57th & 3rd avenue
QM34/40/42 to 55th & 3rd avenue
BXM18, Q32 to 56th & Madison Avenue
X12/14/30/42 to 54th street & 5th Avenue
QM21, X63/64/68 to 57th & Park Avenue
X28/27/37/38 to 57th street & Madison Avenue
Trains:
4/5/6/N/R/W trains to 59th street and Lexington Avenue
E/F/M trains to 53rd & Lexington Avenue
F/Q trains to 63rd & Lexington Avenue
Final concert, Saturday August 18th @ 12PM Location TBD

IMPORTANT NOTE: Campers may NOT attend more than one session in the same summer and campers MUST be able to perform in the final showcase concert in order to attend camp.


ABOUT 

Girls Rock! Camp is an intensive, six-day program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting, band practice, live performances by visiting artists, and a final showcase concert. Campers receive instrument instruction each day in small groups organized by skill level and age. 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. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase concert. Workshops, classes, and band practice are led by volunteers. We strive for camp to be a week that is super fun and meaningful for campers from a variety of identities, perspectives, and experiences.

Girls (transgender & cisgender), gender non-binary youth who will be between the ages of 8 and 18 during the camp session may apply for camp. Campers must be at least 8 years old at the time of camp to attend. Players of all levels of musical experience are welcome & no music experience is necessary. We strive to make camp accessible to all applicants, regardless of their financial resources. In this effort, tuition is sliding scale, and free lunch & Metrocards may be made available. Though Girls Rock! Camp is a day camp and we do NOT provide lodging, youth who do not to live in NYC are welcome to apply. We are able to offer limited assistance with host-family arrangements. If you are interested in contacting a prospective host family, or if you are a local family interested in hosting a camper, please let us know on your application.


APPLICATION TIMELINE & CAMPER SELECTION 

  • Campers are selected by a committee that seeks to establish a varied and balanced camp population in relation to instrument groups, age, racial and ethnic identity, economic status, geography/community, and experience. CAMPERS ARE NOT SELECTED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
  • We will notify applicants on a rolling basis, by the end of May. If you hear that a friend is accepted but you haven’t heard back from us yet, please be patient and you’ll definitely hear by May. We will also have a waitlist that you’re welcome to join if you aren’t accepted to your chosen date.
  • We may receive more applications than we have camper spots, so we may not be able to accept everyone who applies. A waiting list will also be created in this case.
  • Be an Early Bird! Applications received by February 28th are guaranteed a spot. Tuition to be paid two weeks post notification. Sliding scale still applicable. Payment plans available.
  • Tuition will be due during the enrollment period after campers have been selected, and may be made in installments.

Early Bird DEADLINE:
E-mailed/Postmarked by February 28th, 2018

Final DEADLINE: Emailed/Postmarked by May 28th, 2018. 

Notifications will be sent out the 3rd Thursday of the month after February until the final deadline.

TUITION 

What Will Camp Cost? As an anti-racist, feminist organization, we continually work to recognize the ways in which systems of oppression impact our work and the lives of campers and their families. We hope to see an end to poverty and vast income inequality soon. In the meantimewe strive to make camp accessible to all applicants, regardless of their economic resources. Through annual fundraising and donations from institutions and individuals, and reliance on incredible volunteer power year after year, we are able to subsidize tuition for ALL campers. The actual cost to the organization of each camper is approximately $1,000, while the full tuition rate is set at $600. In addition, we utilize a “sliding scale” model for tuition to make camp accessible to as many girls (trans & cis), gender non-binary youth who wish to attend as possible. In the sliding scale model, you determine your tuition based on your income, with the help of our guidelines.

 

How Should I Determine My Camper’s Tuition? The chart below offers suggested tuition rates based on a household’s shared annual income, assuming 3-5 folks in the household. Tuition may be made in installments. We know that some families face financial challenges for which they are under- or unsupported, such as extreme medical costs, costs to support those with disabilities, costs related to transitioning, and more, and that all families’ resources, and access to resources, look different. Please select the tuition that is most appropriate, given your financial resources. At the same, time, please be rigorous about paying what you can — we rely heavily on tuition to make camp happen. It is in the spirit of the sliding scale model, and in the spirit of community, to pay what we can, when we can.

Yearly Household Income Suggested Amount Tuition Scale
$101k and up $1200 Full tuition for your camper + Fairness Fund contribution (full support of another camper)
$86K to 100K $800 Full tuition for your camper + Fairness Fund contribution (partial support of another camper)
$66K to 85K $600 Full tuition
$46K to 65K $300
$35K to 45K $100
$34K and under $0-$10

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are able to, we invite you to contribute to our Fairness Fund by paying a little more. Any amount beyond $600 is considered a gift that is tax deductible, and that will help another camper attend that is not able to afford tuition. Applications fees and tuition, however, are not donations, and therefore are not tax deductible.


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 of our programs sliding scale.

 

 NOTES ON THE APPLICATION  

(Helpful for first-time applicants) 

On the application, campers must SELECT AN INSTRUMENT to study for the week, you can request guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals, or DJ/turntables. Campers are assigned to instruments based on availability and their requests, and we try hard to make sure that campers get their top choices.

  • Please rank instruments according to the Camper’s preference.
  • If the Camper would like to study an instrument that isn’t listed, like violin, horns, or reed instruments, please indicate that in the instrument section, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • For program planning reasons, you cannot change your selection after you send in your application, and you cannot change the instrument you’re assigned before or during the camp session.

EXPRESS YOURSELF PIECE & COMMUNITY AWARDS

In addition to the application, we ask that ALL NEW CAMPERS take time to create an EXPRESS YOURSELF PIECE, communicating why they want to be a part of Girls Rock! Camp. First time campers are also invited to submit a piece that follows the requirements of our community awards to receive recognition. (more details below)

  • Applicants may choose any format: a letter, a picture, a collage, a song or poem, etc. There is also a section in the application to upload the piece.
  • The piece must have the applicant’s FIRST AND LAST name on it.
  • Please limit audio and video pieces to a MAXIMUM OF 3 MINUTES and under 20MB.
  • If sending an e-mail, it should be sent as an attachment to info@williemaerockcamp.org. The subject should read “[FIRST AND LAST NAME] EXPRESS YOURSELF 2018.”
  • Please note that all submitted materials become property of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and cannot be returned.

BE SURE TO HAVE FUN! Applications and “Express Yourself” pieces are NOT reviewed for artistic merit. The “Express Yourself” piece helps the review panel get a sense of the applicant and helps assemble a camper group that is varied in experience and perspective.

COMMUNITY AWARD INFORMATION  

(Available to first-time applicants, can be used as Express Yourself Piece)

In collaboration with some of the most inspiring, rockin’ community members, we have developed a few Community Partner Awards that we offer to new prospective campers. When our partners contribute to the Fairness Fund, which helps us make tuition sliding-scale, they do it out of a passion to bring girls from many different backgrounds and experiences together at camp. These awards have been created to recognize, celebrate and support campers from specific communities, with specific sets of passions and experiences. See the chart below for more information about the different awards. Awards are limited to prospective campers who are applying to attend camp for the first time.

Please note that awards do not impact tuition. If a camper is offered a spot at camp, tuition will be set at the level determined by the camper’s application, regardless of whether or not they apply for an award. Award recipients will receive a certificate of recognition!

⚡ Black Rock Coalition “Original Rocker” Award

Before any of us were born, African-American women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton were pioneering music—creating a blueprint that music, even today, is still being patterned after. Since 1985, the Black Rock Coalition has supported the spirit and creativity that builds legacies such as these. That’s why this non-profit arts support organization has created an award for girls of African-American or African heritage to attend Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. The girls will then be part of an ever-growing network of rock legends that includes Nona Hendryx and Meshell Ndegeocello. www.blackrockcoalition.org

Applicants of African-American or African heritage

Submit a brief description (one page maximum) that explains what you think about music that sounds “different.” Which musicians do you think are the most unique, original, and brave? Why?

 

⚡ Extreme Kids and Crew Award

Extreme Kids and Crew is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that seeks to connect and empower children with disabilities citywide through the arts, movement, and play. The Extreme Kids and Crew AMP Space, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, features an indoor sensory gym and play space designed for school age children of all abilities and disabilities, and a wide array of regularly scheduled, affordable classes for children with disabilities/special needs and the people who love them.

Kids with disabilities and their siblings

Submit a brief description (one page maximum) about why you’d be a great candidate for the “Extreme Kids and Crew” Award and what musician inspires you and why.


⚡ Loud Emily Award

Created in honor of noted educator and philanthropist Emily Fisher by her friends and fans Veronica Chambers, Jason Clampet, and Flora Clampet, this award celebrates the power of girls who use their voices to stand up for what they believe in.

Any applicant

Submit a brief description (one page maximum) about a time you used your voice to stand up for what you believe in.

To apply for one or more community awards, please indicate in your application. If a short essay is required, please send via mail or email with award title as the subject line. All additional material should be submitted by the application deadline: May 28th, 2018.


HOW TO APPLY  

Applying to Girls Rock! Camp is a 1-2 part process:

Part 1 is the Application Form: Use either the Online Form OR print out and send this Paper Form.
Part 2 is submitting an “Express Yourself/Community Award” piece (more information above)- NEW APPLICANTS ONLY.

We will only consider applications that are complete. If you have any questions, please call (347) 599-0716 or e-mail
info@williemaerockcamp.org.

Paper materials may be sent to:

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
87 Irving Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Attn: Applications


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