April Charity of the Month: Girls Rock! Chicago

Girls rock. Just stating a fact. But here’s an unfortunate reality: young girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. That ain’t cool. Girls rock camps, which started popping up in Portland and New York about a decade ago, have thankfully spread like wildfire – finally bucking that trend.

Girls Rock! Chicago (GRC) is one such camp in the Midwest – not merely a place girls can mess around with gear, but a real deal learning environment. Through this non-profit program, girls ages 8 through 16 are educated about the musical, technical and creative aspects involved in musicianship.

“Our week-long summer camp program is organized around motivating girls  through instrument instruction, music composition coaching, recording workshops, song-writing workshops, hands-on activities, technical equipment workshops, guest speakers, team-building activities and band performances,” the organization explains. “We seek to provide positive and supportive role models for campers though interaction and participation by volunteers who will share their experiences as women involved in some form of making music.”

Ensure this important self-esteem building (and future rock star-generating) organization rolls along into the future by donating here.

And, calling all ladies! Ladies Rock Camp is a fundraiser for GRC that also benefits us big girls. “At this intensive weekend-long workshop, women ages 19-99 will follow a program similar to what the girls do at our summer camp: learn an instrument, form a band, write a song and perform it – in just three days,” according to GRC. Oh man. My dream band The Lavender Wigs could finally come true! Who’s ready to jam?

Did you know …

  • Chicago rock journalist, musician and all-around awesome sauce Jessica Hopper published Girls’ Guide to Rocking? Consider it a book companion to girl rock camps.
  • In Sweden, the government funds its girls-only music school dubbed Ella Rock?
  • The greatest female musicians (and other lady artists) of our time have been chronicled in Venus Zine for the past 16 years?
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