We are a not for profit organisation run by volunteers, arts grants and donations!
Girls Rock! Camp is a week-long holiday programme for young women* where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change. Campers between the ages of 12-17 years will form bands, learn instruments, attend workshops and write an original song to be performed at a concert for friends and family at the end of camp.
The kaupapa of Girls Rock Camp! Aotearoa is to create the world we want to live in – a more equal and inspiring place. 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 young women- but we need your help!
Heads up Wellington! We’re shouting from the rooftops, from the top of the Beehive, from Mt Vic lookout, from Mt Kaukau and all across Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, because Girls Rock! is coming to the capital.
Pōneke applications for Mentors are open, see our Pōneke page, Campers applications opening soon!
The objectives of GRC!A
To help young women build confidence and practical skills in songwriting and music through tutoring and practice
To utilise the talent of local songwriters and music-makers to help mentor and guide participants
To educate young people through talks and collaborative workshops on songwriting, design, feminism and music history
To support and promote the presence of women, trans and gender non-conforming youth in music.
Here is a cute video of our camp earlier this year!
The inaugural five-day Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa was held at MAINZ in Auckland for young women aged 12-17 years old in January 2018 and was hugely successful. We are supported by Recorded Music New Zealand, the New Zealand Music Commission, Spark, MAINZ and Auckland Council but as a non-profit organisation we have ongoing costs and need the support of the public to help us achieve our goals of encouraging young women into music.
Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office as an Incorporated Society.
*”Young Women” includes female, transgender, intersex and non-binary youth
GR!CA is based on the kaupapa of the Rock n Roll Camps for Girls, which started in Portland Oregon in 2000, and now is a global initiative for *young women.