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Girls Rock Community & Kaupapa

The kaupapa of Girls Rock Aotearoa is to create the world we want to live in – a more equal and inspiring place.

Girls Rock Aotearoa has helped young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui, and gender diverse youth to explore music since 2018. In our programmes, students form bands, build instrument skills, participate in workshops and write their own songs.

We are proud to announce our next programmes:
To The Front Pōneke and for the first time in Palmerston North, To The Front Te Papaioea!

To The Front

Girls Rock! Aotearoa runs youth programmes throughout the year under the name To The Front. The To The Front name, in use since 2021’s Pōneke programme, gives a nods to the feminist punk Riot Grrrl movement of the 90’s, where the phrase was popularised by bands such as Bikini Kill as a way to decentre white, cis, male music audiences. Building on that legacy, we’re bringing women and gender minorities “to the front”.

We are a non-profit organisation, made up of musicians and music lovers with years of music industry experience. We are committed to guiding the advancement and empowerment of youth through music.

WHAT DO OUR TO THE FRONT PROGRAMMES LOOK LIKE?

To the Front is a paid holiday programme with an allocation of financial assistance available for low-income families. Participants aged 12 – 17 learn instruments, form bands, write original songs, and perform at a showcase, all guided by professional musicians in an inclusive environment. Alongside collaborative learning, participants will take part in workshops about DIY merch, mindfulness, and performance skills.

 

WHY DOES TO THE FRONT EXIST?

Girls Rock! Aotearoa launched with the kaupapa of fostering inclusivity in our musical communities by starting at the grassroots; with our rangatahi. By creating an inclusive, fun, and supportive space for our young people, we’re helping to build a brighter future for music and musicians in Aotearoa.

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