Volunteer!

Volunteer applications for Girls Rock! Canberra 2016 have now closed. 

GR!C aims to bring young emerging musicians together with mentors to develop skills and confidence in music while learning to take pride in their accomplishments. Be part of the first ever girls rock camp in Australia and help young girls write a song and find their voice! We have a range of direct mentorship and indirect mentorship volunteer opportunities available for our first session that will take place January 11-16 2016

To apply, please fill out the volunteer application form. If you have any questions about volunteering, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator.

Every volunteer must:

  • be 18 years or older

  • hold a current Working With Vulnerable Peoples Card (or be willing to acquire one - we can assist you with this)

  •  be interviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator (either in person or via Skype)

  • and attend a mandatory orientation day on 1pm-4pm Sunday January 10 2016, at Ainslie Arts Centre.

Please note GR!C is run by volunteers. We are hoping to secure a grant that will allow us to pay our hard-working volunteers a stipend (to cover travel costs and incidentals). This will be confirmed in November 2015.  

Applications close October 30.

Direct Mentorship Roles

Direct Mentorship positions are open to individuals who self-identify as female, trans* (regardless of identity), or gender non-conforming.

Band Coach (musical experience required): Band coaches are assigned to one band for the duration of the week. Working with a Band Manager, you will monitor each band practice and help the band members prepare for their live performance at the end of the week. As band coach, you will guide the girls in all aspects of working in a band including setting up, tuning, songwriting, stage presence learning to play as a group and learning to listen to one another. 
Time commitment: Monday 9am-5.30pm, Tue-Fri 1pm-5.30pm, Saturday showcase 12-4pm

Band Manager (no musical experience required): Band Managers provide support, advice and endless encouragement for their band  throughout the week, while promoting healthy band dynamics. You'll accompany them as attend workshops, help them come up with a band name and logo, lead break time activities, and more. No musical experience is required but working with youth is a plus.
Time commitment: Monday 9am-5.30pm, Tue-Fri 1pm-5.30pm, Saturday showcase 12-4pm

Instrument Instructor (musical experience required): As an Instrument Instructor, you will have basic to advanced knowledge in the instrument you are teaching (guitar, bass, drums or vocals), are flexible and able to cater to different skill levels. Some participants have been taking lessons for years, some may have never picked up their chosen instrument before this week! You will work with another Instrument Instructor, as well as the Program Coordinator, to produce a class plan for the week (we can help you with this!). This does not need to be overly formal - you're just teaching enough for each participant to be able to write a song by the end of the week. 
Time commitment: Monday 9am-12pm, Tue-Fri 9am-12pm 

Workshop Leader: (no musical experience required) Present an hour long workshop twice on the day it is offered, for both a younger audience (ages 10-13) and older (ages 14-17).  Volunteers are needed to teach workshops including Songwriting, Self Defence, Music History, Zine Making and Screen Printing. While you will be responsible for creating your own curriculum, the program coordinator can help you develop your ideas. Have an amazing workshop idea? Send us a proposal!
Time commitment: Day and time varies depending on workshop, hours are between 1-5pm.

Floater: Want to help out as in a direct mentor position (band manager, coach, instrument instructor), but can not commit for the full week? Floater may be the role for you!  Fill in while other volunteers take breaks and help out when needed. 
Time commitment: flexible days (Mon-Fri) morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (12pm-1pm)

Lead Roadie: (basic equipment knowledge required): Are you a total gear head? The Lead Roadie is in charge of the setup, breakdown, and moving of equipment throughout the week, coordinating the roadies. Primary responsibilities include setting up equipment, overseeing the changeover of classrooms from instrument instruction to band practice every day, helping set up for lunchtime bands and troubleshooting gear.
Time commitment: Preferably Mon-Fri 11am-5.30pm, Saturday showcase 11am-4pm. However, this role can be divided up if you can only commit to particular days.

Indirect Mentorship Roles

These are more flexible roles, perfect for people who only have a few hours to spare. These positions are open to people of all genders.

Kitchen Crew: Help feed our hard-working volunteers lunch and fuel throughout the day, and provide snacks for participants. Tasks include set up, clean up and keeping track of any dietary restrictions. 
Time commitment: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm preferred, but days and hours are flexible

Roadie (basic equipment knowledge preferred): Able to plug in a guitar? Set up a drum kit? Move a few amps? Roadies are in charge of setup, breakdown, moving equipment throughout the week, changing the classrooms from instrument instruction to band practice everyday, and helping with Showcase setup. 
Time commitment: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm and Saturday showcase 12-4pm preferred, but days and hours are flexible

Support Crew: Just happy to help? Be a part of the support crew! Assist sign in/sign out, set up workshops, move gear, untangle chords, make posters, whatever is needed. 
Time commitment: Days and hours are flexible

Showcase Crew: Help out on the big day! Tasks include help setting up gear, tuning guitars, stage managing, ticketing, greeting people etc.
Time commitment: Saturday 11am-4pm

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.


Other Ways To Help

Donation of services, skills, and/or labour

Are you a whiz at social media, making/distributing flyers, instrument repair, marketing, food coordinating, grant writing etc? Or can donate stationary, art supplies, music equipment and accessories, food (including lunch supplies, snacks and coffee), gift cards (for all the aforementioned) etc? We welcome donations of all kinds! If you're interested in donating something or sponsorship opportunties, please e-mail Chiara (Program Coordinator)

Donate gear!
Have a spare practice amp? An old drum kit that's dying for a good workout? Consider lending your spare gear to GR!C for the week! While we will try to take care of every piece of equipment we borrow, please note that we will not be responsible for damaged or broken equipment. To acquire a gear-lending form or for more information, please e-mail Jacqui (Gear Coordinator).