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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.


Pathways in Music in Aotearoa

WHEN: Saturday August 6th, 10am-2:30pm
WHERE: Roundhead Studios, Tāmaki Makaurau
WHAT: 2 panels, a studio tour and an hour for lunch

This year we are expanding our To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau programme for interns!

The purpose of the intern programme is to create a supportive community of young performers and music fans, and to create connections with the music industry. Our interns (aged 16-20 yrs) are talented and engaged youth with a passion for music.

To kick off our intern programme in the lead-up to our To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau 2023 programme, we are proud to present Pathways in Music, a day of workshops covering pathways in music after high school in Aotearoa. These moderated panels will be held on Saturday August 6th at Roundhead Studios and will cover two main themes. In the morning session we will explore how to get your song out of your bedroom and into the world. Later in the afternoon we will look at jobs, roles and communities within the music sector that exist beyond high school.

Session 1: DIY Releasing Music

Sarah Thomson, Music Contracts and Funding Coordinator from NZ on Air
Jess Fu, Programme Assistant at Campus Radio 95bFM
Trilby Crowther of APRA AMCOS NZ
Liz Diamond of RMNZ
Amelia Berry Local musician (Amamelia/ Baby Teeth)
Em Walker Local musician (Theia/ Te Kaahu)


Session 2: Music After Highschool

Emma Hall-Philips of Loop Recordings Aotearoa
— Alex Corbett and Alexa Casino of Roundhead Studios
— Amber Stevens of SAE Institute
Leea Lamatoa Music educator and musician
Zoë Larsen Cumming 95bFM Breakfast producer


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.



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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