Girls Rock Aotearoa has been helping young women, transgender and gender-non-conforming youth form bands, build instrument skills, and write original songs since 2018.

We are proud to announce that our Tāmaki Makaurau programme is back for 2022 with a new name: To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau.

To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau 2022 will be held between January 10th and 15th. Once again the program will be hosted by our key sponsor, SAE Creative Media Institute Auckland, allowing us access to their state of the art recording studios and equipment.

The kaupapa of Girls Rock! and our To The Front programme is to empower young wāhine and/or intersex, transgender and gender diverse youth through music by giving them practical skills and role models in a safe, supportive space.

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Which programme are you interested in?

What does the program look like? 

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.


The name change comes in order to better recognise and emphasise the diverse nature of the program. Girls Rock organizer Ali Burns explains…“Given the holiday program is neither just for girls or just about rock music we decided a rebrand was in order to ensure everyone involved felt absolutely welcome and comfortable.” 


To the Front is a paid holiday programme with an allocation of financial assistance available for low-income families.

Sponsorships are available for Māori and Pasifika.
Please see the campers applications for more info.

Applicants don’t need any previous musical experience and participants will be at all different levels.

Girls Rock! Runs from 8.45am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, with a showcase on Saturday, 1pm to 3pm.

To the Front Tāmaki Makaurau is supported by SAE Institute Auckland, the Tindall Foundation’s Next Gen fund, APRA AMCOS, Creative Communities, Auckland Foundation Women’s Fund, Serato, New Zealand Music Commission, and Recorded Music New Zealand.