Girls Rock! Indianapolis is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that hosts a summer camp for girls (including female-identified and trans youth) ages 9-16 years old, teaching young women positive self-esteem and self-expression through music education and mentoring.
We also provide year-round community workshops and events that are open to all ages, all genders. We are a proud member of the global Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
GRI strongly believes in the transformative and revolutionary power of using creative expression as a means of social change. By providing a positive, supportive environment that offers music instruction as well as a variety of workshops and performances, the camp creates leadership opportunities, cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourages social change and the development of life skills.
We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change
We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls, including female-identified and trans youth, as well as adults
We value positive approaches to fighting sexism
We value integrity, honesty, and respect
We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration
We value using our collective voice to further the mission
We value diversity
Why is our camp Girls Only?
By having an all-female educational setting, Girls Rock! Indianapolis supports the right for everyone to learn music in a positive environment, making up for the significant lack of such an opportunity for women and girls today.
We want to create an environment that eliminates the restrictive stereotypes about music and gender that can make girls afraid to speak up, sing out, and make noise. We serve to demonstrate – through lessons, mentorship, and positive examples from same-sex staff and volunteers – that every genre of music, every technical job, and every creative endeavor in the music industry is available to any girl or woman who wants to explore it.
At Girls Rock! Indianapolis, girls have a safe place to be themselves, express themselves, and explore their creativity without being influenced by the expectations of the men or boys in their lives. Single-sex environments have been found to provide girls with a higher sense of self, increased confidence to pursue goals, and an awareness of the lives of those around them. Girls are given a place to develop and assert themselves outside of gender roles still imposed by cultural and social norms.
Research from the Girl Scouts indicates that girls in single-sex environments “feel better able to compete fairly, garner attention, take a chance they may be wrong, or not look physically wonderful at the moment.” Ellen Christie, Girl Scouts New York City director of media services.
How is GRI different from other rock camps/schools?
Girls Rock! Indianapolis is not a rock school. We use music education as a tool to foster self-esteem, create community, and encourage social change. The enormous amount of community support given to girls at camp affords them a unique opportunity to express themselves in any way they wish. It’s not just about rock ‘n’ roll; it’s about all musical genres. And it’s not just about being a virtuoso; it’s about being an active agent in music culture and industry. We believe that by teaching these things, we can help girls develop-musically, mentally, and emotionally-toward their own ideas of who and what they want to be.
How can I help?
VOLUNTEER: Girls Rock! Indy is always looking for dedicated and caring volunteers to help with our camp, programs, and our various planning and action committees. Please visit our VOLUNTEER Page for more information about getting involved!
DONATE: We also have a need for monetary donations, used gear, storage space, and more. Please visit our DONATE Page for more information!