Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Ladies Rock Camp 2017



Thank you for your interest in Ladies Rock Camp!

All spots for Ladies Rock Camp 2017 have been filled for this Summer. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop and receive updates for camp dates next year.

About: Ladies* Rock Camp is an intensive, three-day music and social justice program for adults, a “grown-up” version of Willie Mae’s summer Girls Rock! Camp. The program brings together folks with varying levels of musical experience for a long weekend of instrument lessons, songwriting, band practice, and workshops, all culminating in a showcase concert at a professional music venue. In all activities, collaboration and creative risk-taking are encouraged. Classes are taught by experienced New York City teaching artists and professional musicians in small, focused groups of students.

*Women (transgender & cisgender), gender non-binary, and trans* folks who will be 19 or older during the camp session may apply. We offer sliding scale tuition, making the program accessible to people from all income levels. Also, you don’t have to live in New York to register (please see below for more information about out-of-town campers).

Location and Times: Friday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at Blue School, located in Lower Manhattan at 241 Water St. Directions: the school is between Beekman St. and Peck Slip. The closest trains are the 2/3/4/5/A/C at Fulton St or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge. (For more information on transportation, please see Google Maps or mta.info).

Friday, June 23, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
(Check-in starts 9:00 am)

Saturday, June 24, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Extra band practice (optional)

Sunday, June 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
5:00 pm Showcase concert, location TBD

Registration Deadline: May 22nd, 2017. You will be notified on a bi-weekly basis from the time you applied.

Please note that campers MUST be able to perform in the final showcase concert in order to attend camp.

Instrument Instruction: Instruction is offered in electric guitar, electric bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Campers focus on one instrument to study for the weekend (they can play whatever they want in their bands, though we have a limit of one full drum kit per band). Due to the need to finalize gear in advance, campers cannot change their primary instrument of study during the camp session.

Accommodations For Out of Town Campers: Ladies Rock Camp is a day camp and we do NOT provide lodging. We are able to offer limited assistance with host arrangements. If you are interested in contacting a prospective host and information on available accommodations (including nearby hotels), or if you are local and interested in hosting a camper, please let us know on your registration form.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.

Tuition and Costs

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 meantime, we 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 $900, while the full tuition rate is set at $500. 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 Tuition? The chart below offers suggested tuition rates based on a household’s shared annual income, assuming 3-5 folks in the household. 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.

* If you have more than enough, we invite you to contribute to our Fairness Fund by paying a little more. Any amount beyond $500 is considered a gift and is tax deductible. Applications fees and tuition, however, are not donations, and therefore are not tax deductible.


LRC updated 2017 tuition


 (Please note that your registration is not complete until you complete both steps below):

Step One: Complete our online registration form. Upon receipt of your registration form, we will send you a notice via e-mail confirming that we have received it.

Step Two: Pay tuition/deposit. After we review your application (we review bi-weekly) we will send you a follow-up email, which will include instructions on paying tuition. If your tuition is $0, you’ll receive instructions on how to confirm your Ladies Rock Camp spot. This step must be completed within ten days of the date of the registration email in order to secure your spot. 


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.