Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Girls Rock! Camp 2017

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GIRLS ROCK! CAMP Summer 2017 Information & Application

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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: Girls Rock! Camp 2017 Info sheet.

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


Girls Rock! Camp is an intensive, six-day program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting, band practice, live performances by visiting artists, and a 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, and trans* 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 girls and trans* youth, 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.


Session 1: Monday, July 24  Saturday, July 29
Monday – Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm at Blue School in Lower Manhattan
Directions: 241 Water St, New York, NY 10038. The school is between Beekman St. and Peck Slip, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the 2/3/A/C/4/5 at Fulton St or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge. (For more information on transportation, please see mta.info or Google Maps)
Saturday: Final concert, Time & Location TBD

Session 2: Monday, August 7 – Saturday, August 12
Monday – Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm at Blue School in Lower Manhattan
Directions: 241 Water St, New York, NY 10038. The school is between Beekman St. and Peck Slip, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the 2/3/A/C/4/5 at Fulton St or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge. (For more information on transportation, please see mta.info or Google Maps)
Saturday: Final concert, Time & Location TBD

Please note that 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.


  • 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 keep waiting 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.
  • Returning campers are invited to participate in the Early Bird Application review, which guarantees a spot at camp. Early Bird deadline ends February 28th, 2017.
  • 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, 2017

Final DEADLINE: Emailed/Postmarked by May 22nd , 2017. You will be notified on a bi-weekly basis from the time you applied.



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 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 and trans* 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.

GRC 2017 updated tuition

* If you have more than enough, we invite you to contribute to our Fairness Fund by paying a little more. Any amount beyond $600 is considered a gift and is tax deductible. 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 our programs sliding scale.



(Helpful for first-time applicants) 

On the application, campers must SELECT AN INSTRUMENT to study for the week, and can request guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals, or DJ/turntables. Campers are assigned to instruments based on availability and their requests.

  • 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.

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.

  • Applicants may choose any format: a letter, a picture, a collage, a song or poem, etc.
  • 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 2017.”
  • 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.



(Available to first-time applicants)

In collaboration with some of the most inspiring, rockin’ community members we know, 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!

Applying for an award may involve an extra step in the form of a short written essay. This essay may be used as an Express Yourself piece as well as an award application, or can be submitted in addition to an Express Yourself piece. If granted, the award can be listed on a student’s résumé or however the camper elects to make use of the recognition.

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 22nd, 2017.

Community Awards 2017


Applying to Girls Rock! Camp is a 2-3 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” piece (more information above)- New applicants only.
Part 3 (optional): Additional materials if applying for a Community Award (see the chart above for info about the awards and the materials required to apply).- New applicants only.

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

Paper materials may be sent to:

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


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