Q. Is girls rock glasgow on all year round?
A. This year’s rock school takes place from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th July from 10am - 4pm daily. We prioritise applications from girls from Glasgow and the surrounding area. This enables participants to continue to rehearse together after the week if they wish to, and supports community building.
For the summer school applicants need to be able to commit to the full 9 days, as the week involves forming bands and rehearsing in the run-up to a showcase gig which is open to friends and family and the general public.
We also run Evening Sessions out with the summer school. Please check back here and our Facebook page for announcements.
Q. What happens during girls rock glasgow week?
A. The girls attend workshops in a range of different subjects, including lessons in guitar, bass, drum, keyboards and songwriting; there will also be a range of other subjects such as band-related artwork, zines, music technology, mindfulness, lgbtq+ and women in musical history.
Participants are split into two age groups - juniors (8 - 11 years) and seniors (12 - 16years); workshops are planned specifically to cater for each age group.
At the beginning of the week the girls will be encouraged to start thinking about forming a band, and every aspect of that including songwriting, making merchandise, how to work together, express themselves and compromise. The girls will be given songwriting and rehearsal time and assigned a band mentor who will offer assistance and support where it is required.
The week ends with a gig where all the bands play the songs and material they have been working on in front of their family and friends.
Q. Who can attend girls rock glasgow summer school?
A. Girls Rock Glasgow is for anyone who identifies as a girl and non-binary kids aged 8-16 old living in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
Girls don't need to have any previous musical experience, applications will ask about their level of musical experience in order to help the tutors cater better to all skill levels.
Q. When will applications open?
Q. Can I reserve a place at Girls Rock Glasgow summer school before applications open?
A. Not currently.
Q. How much does it cost to participate?
A. The rock school this year is free, but requires a £30 deposit to secure a place. We can help with this if required.
This year we are funded by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative and sponsored by Chvrches.
Q. What kind of music tuition does girls rock glasgow provide?
A. Our participants come with varying levels of experience; some girls have never touched a guitar or bass before; some have performed live in front of large audiences before. The music tutors at Girls Rock are experienced gigging musicians who try to make sure that no matter what experience level the girls are at, everyone gets the most out of the week and learns something new.
Each girl will get a lesson to experience all the instruments we teach - guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboard and will be encouraged to pick their favourite instrument to 'specialise' in during the rest of the week.
Girls Rock Glasgow is not a performance school, despite the girls receiving music workshops and songwriting workshops from experienced musicians and songwriters. The girls are encouraged to be as creative as they like, and have fun MAKING NOISE! They can use the rehearsal time as they like to make whatever noise, however structured or unstructured, they would like. Girls Rock Glasgow is about encouraging confidence and creativity!
Q. Who are we looking for?
A. We are looking for volunteers who are keen to support and relate well to children/young people, who work happily in a team and who have some music or creative ability (we have a program of art activities and feminist/self development workshops and we welcome suggestions for new and exciting workshops from new volunteers too!).
We welcome all feminists including transwomen and non binary people.
Q. How can i apply?
A. We are not currently looking for volunteers.
Q. do i need to be available for the whole week to volunteer?
A. We run 10am - 4pm for 9 days and although you don’t have to come in every day we will prioritise applications from folk who can be consistent - this supports good buddy/participant relationships, confidence building and the development of bands formed in the work up to our showcase gig at the end of the week.
In the run up to the week, volunteers will be required to attend training sessions and some team building/workshop development activities and agree to/sign our codes of conduct and safer spaces policies contracts.
Q. How did girls rock glasgow start?
A. Girls Rock Glasgow is part of a franchise of world-wide feminist rock camps. Started in Portland in 2001, with a purpose of empowering girls through music.
More information can be found here: www.girlsrockcampalliance.org
Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0811852229
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Q. How are you funded?
A. This year we’re funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, and sponsored by CHRVCHES.
We are also funded year round by donations. Donations go towards free places for the week, maintenance of instruments and equipment, volunteer expenses and keeping the rock school running and are all greatly appreciated.
We're a volunteer run organisation and all cash goes back into the rock school helping the girls who participate.
If you'd like to donate, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/grg2017