Girls Rock! Melbourne (GR!M) is a week-long mentorship program taking place at Wick Studios in January 2017. GR!M will include lessons from experienced musicians, structured workshops and live performances, as well as the fostering of healthy, positive relationships. Taking inspiration from other Girls Rock! camps running around the world since 2001, GR!M is the second camp established of its kind in Australia, becoming part of a global movement that promotes creativity, self-confidence and social change for young girls*.
GR!M has partnered with The Push, Inc., the peak body in Victoria for youth music events and mentorship. Full-fee, discounted and full scholarships places will be offered, and applications open October 1st, 2016. Participants aged 12 to 17 will learn an instrument, form their own band, watch live music performances, participate in both creative and industry workshops (body image, zine-making, screen-printing, recording a demo, and band marketing), and write an original song to be performed at a showcase on the last day of camp. Unlike some other music programs, GR!M is open to participants with any level of music experience –including none at all! Each band is paired with positive female mentors who will model respectful behaviour and promote healthy band dynamics, while being able to relate to the challenges facing young women in the music industry.
GR!M encourages girls to speak up, express themselves and not be afraid to make some noise! Within the span of one week, girls rock camps create a place where girls areencouraged to help – rather than tear down – each other, take pride in their accomplishments, and express themselves without fear of judgment and embarrassment. This is a place where girls can find their voices and each other; where they can breathe, Girls Rock! Australia GR!M has no doubt that this concept will continue inspire girls & women Australia-wide, with planning for other GR! camps already occurring across the nation.
*Girls Rock! Melbourne is open to self-identified girl, trans and gender non-conforming youth aged 12-17.
Volunteer & Camper Applications Open: 1st October – 11 November, 2016
Location: Wick Studios, Brunswick, VIC
Camp Dates: 9 – 14 January, 2017