Published Jun 05, 2009"Music is pretty lacking in female mentors as of late," Eli Leary, project coordinator for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, says, reiterating a feeling that's nothing new to female music industry insiders. "We want to change this by providing a space for girls to learn the many aspects of playing music while building confidence."
And for a small group of lucky eight- to 18-year-old females, Girls Rock Camp Vancouver will do just that. This summer the organization will help fill the female rock void by preparing rock'n'roll campers for success with a week-long day camp, featuring workshops on everything from songwriting to self-defence to T-shirt making. Along with attending shows by notable female musicians, campers will then have an opportunity to exhibit their skills by putting on their very on rock show for a live audience at the end of the week.
The effort is being put forth by Vancouver's more experienced female musicians, who were inspired by the continuing success of the Girls Rock Camp that originated in Portland, OR eight years ago.
A strictly non-profit, volunteer-driven venture, the Vancouver organization hopes that by providing mentorship to young women it can ultimately create a shift in the current demographic of the music industry.
The camp will be held from August 17 to 22 in Vancouver. For more info take a look at Girls Rock Camp Vancouver's website, where you can also download a camper or volunteer application form.