|| Camper FAQ ||
Who can attend Girls Rock! Canberra?
Girls Rock! Canberra (GR!C) is open to self-identified girl, trans and gender non-conforming youth aged 10-17.
Is musical experience required?
No musical experience is necessary! We welcome musicians of all levels. Whether you've been playing for 5 years or have never even touched a guitar/bass/drumstick or sang into a microphone before, we want you at GR!C.
How much does it cost?
GR!C costs $450 for the week. Partial and full scholarships will be offered on a need basis. We encourage everyone who can easily afford tuition to pay it in full. For the rest, we hope to raise enough money with fundraisers and donations, as well as depending on a great deal of volunteer labor, to help everyone who wants to participate in GR!C.
What do I need to bring?
Yourself, a packed lunch and a water bottle.
Do I need to bring an instrument?
Nope! We will provide all the tools necessary for rocking out, including all musical equipment and workshop supplies (including t-shirts for the screen printing workshop). You can bring your own instrument (guitar, bass, drumsticks etc) if you like, but you will be responsible for it.
There's more than one instrument I'm interested in playing - I can't decide which to pick!
We ask you to focus on one instrument for instruction for the week, but you don’t have to play that instrument in your band. You can study drums in your classes and play guitar in your band (if your bandmates are cool with that). Also, remember that camp is only one week long – you can start a band with other campers after camp, or with your friends from school, and play a completely different instrument.
Will you be providing food?
Campers will need to bring their own lunch. We will provide a healthy snack each afternoon.
What does a typical day at Girls Rock! Canberra look like?
Monday morning includes band formation, where you'll form your band for the week. Each band will be assigned a band manager and band coach who will guide you through the songwriting process. Each morning kicks off with group games and exercises like punk rock aerobics, before all campers split up into groups for instrument instruction. Eat your lunch and then have a dance while watching a live musical performance from a local or interstate band. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the band. In the afternoon, attend workshops and band practice (where you'll be able to write lyrics, jam and compose your song), before wrapping up the day with more games and warm downs (or maybe a dance party!).
What workshops can I expect?
In addition to instrument instruction and band practice, campers will attend two workshop each day. Workshops that will be taught in this session include songwriting, screen printing band t-shirts, making your own zine, music history, self defence and more.
I'm not really into rock music, can I play something else?
Of course! All genres and musical styles are welcome at rock camp! (We just call it that because we believe that all girls rock.)
Who are the instrument instructors and mentors?
Our instrument instructors and band coaches are experienced musicians from a range of musical backgrounds (classically trained, self-taught) and genres (pop, metal, rock, punk, electronic, hip hop, classical, folk - you name it!). Our other mentors, including band managers and workshop leaders, are passionate about encouraging young girls to find their voice their music. All mentors are volunteering their time for the week. All volunteers hold a current Working With Vulnerable People check, have undergone an interview with GR!C coordinators, and have been selected for their abilities and experience.
Please get in touch if you have any other questions!
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. Girls Rock! Canberra values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behaviour or expression.