What is it?
Girls Rock Philly is a music-based empowerment nonprofit (501c3) for girls and women. Our signature program is a girls-only week-long day camp, whose first session was held in 2007. We have since expanded to include an annual Ladies Rock Camp, a Year Round After School Program, and weekly Drop-In Program.
When and where is camp?
Rock camp is held during a week in August. Camp runs Monday through Friday at Girard College in Philadelphia, with the showcase on Saturday and recording session on Sunday.
My camper doesn’t know how to play any instruments yet. Is that okay?
Of course it is! GRP takes girls at ALL levels of instruction, including beginners. One of the major points of GRP is to try something new.
What will the girls do all week?
After morning assembly, the girls go to instrument instruction. After lunch, they visit band practice & write a song together as a band for the showcase. In between practices, they attend various workshops, such as non-traditional instruments, history of women in music, sound & recording & band art, where they will make band t-shirts & buttons to wear (and sell!) at the showcase. Afternoon assemblies may include some special guest performers who play for the campers & take questions.
What instruments will the girls get to learn?
Girls will be asked for their top two instrument choices on their applications & will be assigned one for camp. Choices include guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, drums or DJ’ing.
How are the bands formed?
On the first morning, girls will go through several activities that help them get to know each other, then will make a list of people they want in their band. They then head off to instrument practice & lunch while the camp directors match them up. This means that some bands may have 2 drummers, others may be only 2 drummers – all formations are welcome.
How much does GRP cost?
The standard fee for a GRP camper is $400, though GRP offers financial assistance & full scholarships.
Why hold a girls-only program? Aren’t there enough rock camps/schools for kids in Philadelphia?
Seriously – there are a number of schools & camps dedicated to contemporary music. BUT, GRP has a couple of different angles. The female-only environment is a rare one & one with a lot of benefits for campers & volunteers, including a high comfort level. Second, GRP gives the campers a chance to write their own songs in a band setting, letting them figure out what & how they want to play, how they work best & how to get along with other people cooperatively to achieve a final goal. They are in charge of their creative process from beginning to end & they will have complete ownership (including copyright!) of their songs, instead of just learning rock standards.
What is Ladies Rock Camp?
Ladies Rock Camp is a 3-day program for women ages 19 and up who wish they’d had rock camp when they were younger.
What instruments do you teach? Do I need to know how to play already?
Ladies Rock Camp offers instruction in guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums. We have instructors at all levels & there is no judgment in trying something new. In fact, we encourage it!
Are there scholarships for Ladies Rock Camp?
Since Ladies Rock Camp is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp, we don’t offer full scholarships. But we do offer a work-trade program!
Where is your practice space located?
We have two practice rooms in a shared artists’ space at 1867 Frankford Ave. in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.
Who gets to practice at the GRP practice spaces & how much is it?
The GRP practice spaces are open to all past, present & future (already registered) campers & volunteers. Campers can use the practice space for FREE under the watch of a GRP volunteer & GRP volunteers are allowed to use the space for a very low hourly rate.
Do I have to bring my own gear?
If you love your own gear & want to bring it, go ahead! But both rooms are full of GRP-owned gear that you’re welcome to use unless it’s specifically labeled otherwise. You are also welcome to participate in GRP’s Gear Loan Program available to Ladies Rock Campers, Girls Rock Campers and volunteers!
How can I get there/is there parking?
Our practice space is conveniently located two blocks from the Berks stop on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line. There is also on-street free parking right by our entrance.
How can I book time at the GRP practice space?
Easy! Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the times that work best for you/your band & we’ll let you know what times are available.
More questions? Email us at email@example.com or call us at 215 789 4879!