GIRLS ROCK NORTH CAROLINA is an organization in central North Carolina that empowers girls, women, and folks of marginalized genders—through creative expression—to become confident and engaged members of their communities. We accomplish this by focusing on the “three C's”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In our ten years of programming, GRNC has held over forty music programs for girls in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Our campers have gone on to perform in successful bands and have even take on leadership roles at camp. GRNC has roughly 80 active volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors working together to build stronger communities.
GRNC is committed to social justice and seeks to amplify the voices of those traditionally marginalized. GRNC is a LGBTQIA+ inclusive and affirming organization and strives to provide a safe, visible atmosphere for all.
GRNC is most importantly a mentorship organization and we strive to provide excellent and realistic role models for all of our campers.
We invite individuals who self-identify as female, trans, or gender variant to apply for roles with direct contact to the campers during Rock Camp. This includes band managing, camp counseling, and workshop instruction.
Additionally, we welcome and greatly value individuals of any gender identity to volunteer in more indirect ways. These roles include but are not limited to: child care, (un)loading gear, design work, promotion, and more.
GRNC is an LGBTQI inclusive and affirming organization, and we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. We appreciate your understanding, and are always interested in an ongoing conversation about gender.
Girls Rock NC values diversity in our communities and does not discriminate based on race, age, economic status, ability, gender expression, size, learning styles, musical interests, religion, nationality, citizenship status, or sexual orientation in administration of its programs, admissions, scholarships, volunteer positions, and employment opportunities. We aim to create safer spaces for everyone—particularly those who are affected by systems of oppression and marginalization—and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other discriminatory behavior or expression.
GRNC’s biggest program is our Summer Rock Camp, a one-week summer program in which campers form bands, write original music with their peers, attend workshops, and perform their songs for the community at a concert at the end of the week. We also have a fall and spring After School Program, our spring Rock Retreat Weekend for adults, and our Teen AXN League. No musical instruments or experience are necessary to participate in any of these programs!
The first Girls Rock camp began in Portland, Oregon in 2001, energized by the Riot Grrrl movement of the Pacific Northwest and Washington, DC. In 2003, GRNC became the third organization in the country to provide this unique programming. Founding members Abigail Sherriff, Amelia Shull, and Beth Turner held their first camp for 29 girls at Carolina Friends School. GRNC now serves over 300 young folks each year with camps in Durham, Chapel Hill/Carrboro, and Raleigh.
GIRLS ROCK CAMP ALLIANCE
Inspired by the Girls Rock model, over 40 organizations have since formed in cities across the globe, making up the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.