Mission Statement: Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is an organization that uses music and performance as a platform to encourage self-esteem, self-expression, and community for girls.
GGRC primarily functions as a week-long summer day camp that accepts regional girls aged 9-17 years old. During camp, girls receive music instruction by local women musicians and are placed into bands. With the encouragement of their camp counselors, each band writes a song which they ultimately perform at a live music venue downtown at a public showcase following camp for their friends and families. Throughout the week, the girls also attend workshops aimed at enhancing their self-esteem such as women’s self-defense, poetry & lyric workshops, dance classes, art therapy, women’s history workshops, and guided group discussions about boundaries & consent. As the girls gain fluency on their instruments over the week, open mics and jam sessions break out during free time. Volunteers encourage a playful and respectful non-violent atmosphere that facilitates friendships and a sense of positive culture at camp. Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is entirely volunteer-run by local women, many of whom are musicians themselves and perform in local bands. To keep the camp population diverse, organizers strive to keep camp fees low and offer both full and partial scholarships, as well as free lunch and snacks each day of camp. GGRC is able to cover the costs of camp through community outreach throughout the year which includes musical benefits, film screenings, and tabling, among other forms of outreach.
Throughout the year GGRC’s organizers remain active facilitating private and group music lessons with campers who are interested in performing outside of camp. Camp staff are also in the process of building a gear lending library in a local warehouse where music gear that is being stored in between camp sessions can be lent out to local girls or low-income musicians.