Girls Rock NC provides music and empowerment programs to girls and women in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem. We accomplish this by focusing on the “three Cs”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In our ten years of programming, Girls Rock NC 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 even take on leadership positions at camp. Girls Rock NC has roughly 80 active volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors working together to build a strong community.
Girls Rock NC is committed to social justice and seeks to amplify the voices of those traditionally marginalized. GRNC is a LGBTQI inclusive and affirming organization, and strives to provide a safe, visible atmosphere for all.
Girls Rock NC 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.
Girls Rock NC 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’s biggest program is Summer Rock Camp for Girls, a one week summer program in which girls 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, Women’s Rock Retreat Weekend for adults, and a forthcoming Teen Action 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, Girls Rock NC became the third organization in the nation 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. Girls Rock NC now serves over 225 girls 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:
Girls Rock Camp Boise - Boise, ID // Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls - Portland, OR // Rain City Rock Camp for Girls - Seattle, WA // Girls Rock Camp Boston - Boston, MA // Girls Rock Vermont - Burlington, VT // Girls Rock! Rhode Island - Providence, RI // Girls Rock Camp Rochester - Rochester, NY // Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls - Brooklyn, NY // Girls Rock! Philly - Philadelphia, PA // Girls Rock Roanoke - Roanoke, VA // Girls Rock RVA - Richmond, VA // Girls Rock! DC - Washington DC // Athens Girls Rock Camp [Ohio] - Athens, OH // Como Girls Rock - Columbia, MO // Girlz Rhythm and Rock Camp - Cleveland, OH // Girls Rock Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids, MI // Girls Rock Madison - Madison, WI // Girls Rock n Roll Retreat - Twin Cities area, MN // Girls Rock! Chicago - Chicago, IL // Girls Rock! Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN // Girls Rock Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI // Girlz Voices - Warren, OH // Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - Oakland, CA // Girls Rock Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV // Girls Rock SB - Santa Barbara, CA // Rock & Roll Camp For Girls LA - Los Angeles, CA // Rock N Roll Camp for Girls O.C. - Orange County, CA // Girls Rock Denver - Denver, CO // Omaha Girls Rock - Omaha, NE // Girls Rock Athens - Athens, GA // Girls Rock Camp ATL - Atlanta, GA // Girls Rock Columbia - Columbia, SC // Girls Rock Camp Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL // Girls Rock Charleston! - Charleston, SC // Girls Rock NC - Durham, NC // Rock and Roll Camp For Girls Cen. FL - Orlando, FL // Girls Rock Camp Austin - Austin, TX // Girls Rock Dallas - Dallas, TX // Girls Rock Camp Houston - Houston, TX // Rock Camp 4 Girls Appalachia - Charleston, WV // Southern Girls Rock Camp - Murfreesboro, TN // Girls Rock Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge, LA
Girls Rock! UK - London, UK // Paris Girls Rock Camp - Paris, France // pink noise Girls Rock Camp - Lower Austria, Austria // Popkollo - Sweden (multiple cities) // Ruby Tuesday - Berlin, Germany // Stelpur Rokka! - Reykjavik, Iceland
Girls Rock Camp Mississauga - Mississauga, Canada // Girls Rock Camp Montreal - Montreal, QC Canada // Girls Rock Peterborough - Peterborough, Ontario Canada // Girls Rock Camp Toronto - Toronto, Ontario Canada // Girls Rock Camp Vancouver - Vancouver, BC Canada