We hope that by now you’ve heard about Girls Rock. It’s the summer camp (and year round after school) phenomenon that has taken the country by storm in recent years. The basic idea: empower young women to express themselves through music, and give them the tools and confidence they need to go for it in the music industry. For years, female musicians have decried the boys-club-ness of the music world. Whether it’s the executives at a record label, or the sound guy at the club who acts like you’ve never plugged in an amp before, or other (male) musicians who unthinkingly crowd you out, there are plenty of obstacles to young women feeling comfortable and at home in the music biz. Girls Rock camps were developed as a place for young women to develop their skills and talents so that they can easily brush all that aside and become the rock stars of their dreams.
Locally, Girls Rock hosts an annual Summer Camp-Out. This is an awesome day of cooking (and hanging) out where girls and their parents can get together, socialize, and of course jam. It’s open to girls ages 8-17, and is one small step toward helping these young women feel confident about their musical abilities. Girls Rock Baltimore was only founded last year, so they’re still still working toward offering a regular, full-fledged camp (like their D.C. sisters have). But if we keep showing up and supporting and encouraging our girls to get involved, it’s only a matter of time.
The Girls Rock Summer Camp-Out takes place Saturday, August 15 from 11am-6pm (with optional jam session after 6pm). It will be held at Patapsco Valley State Park. Registration is required, and can be done at www.girlsrockbaltimore.org.
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