What We Do
Girls Rock NC provides music and empowerment programs to girls and women in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem. We accomplish this by focusing on the “three Cs”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In our ten years of programming, Girls Rock NC has held over forty music programs for girls in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Our campers have gone on to perform in successful bands and even take on leadership positions at camp. Girls Rock NC has roughly 80 active volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors working together to build a strong community.
Girls Rock NC’s biggest program is Rock Camp for Girls, a one week summer program in which girls form bands, write original music with their peers, attend workshops, and perform their songs for the community at a concert at the end of the week. We also have a fall and spring After School Program and a Women’s Rock Retreat Weekend for adults. No musical instruments or experience are necessary to participate in any of these programs!
The first Girls Rock camp began in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Inspired by the Girls Rock model, over 40 organizations have since formed in cities across the globe, making up the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. In 2003, Girls Rock NC became the third organization in the nation to provide this unique programming. Founding members Abigail Pearce, Amelia Shull, and Beth Turner held their first camp for 29 girls at Carolina Friends School. Girls Rock NC now serves close to 200 girls each summer.