Why Does Our Community Need Girls+ Rock Camp?
Why Girls+ Rock Camp?
It expands opportunities to female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth in the community.
Women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth make up a disproportionately low percentage of active local musicians in our community who are playing shows and recording music for a wider audience. The same trend can be seen in the overall music industry, for artists/performers, but also in other avenues of the industry, like show promotion, label/band management, audio engineering/production, radio hosting and DJ’ing. Our organization is run by professional local female musicians that are active in the Greater Moncton music scene and have experience forming their own bands and using a diverse array of creative methods to compose and promote their music around our city and beyond. They have navigated an industry that is largely male-dominated. Now they are giving back to the community by sharing knowledge and providing guidance to teen girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth so that they may achieve a creative presence in the community .
It grows and diversifies our music community.
Although a more diverse range of people are supporting and fronting musical acts in our community in recent years, there remains a concerning lack of gender and cultural diversity in our music scene. This same trend exists in the NB music industry at large. The lack of diversity is problematic to us as it suggests that our music scene and is not equally accessible or inviting to everyone in our community. By extending this camp to female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth in our community and offering priority registration to First Nations and People of Colour, we can open a door for other groups to enter our music community.
It encourages social connection and pride in our community.
One of the primary features of Girls+ Rock Camp is that it can connect multiple generations of musicians in our community through one event. Since our programming is heavily focused on relationship development between the mentors and students, our mentors take care to provide support, direction and encouragement to our students. They do this while passing on their skills to a new generation.
Our fundraiser and Girls+ Rock camp showcase events bring an increased sense of pride to our art and music community as we showcase local talent, promote emerging artists and host people in the community for a night of fun entertainment.