Name of Non-profit: Girls Rock Camp Alaska
Sponsor: Kitty Farnham
Short Project Description: Girls Rock Camp Alaska is a fun, intense, one-week summer day camp where girls ages 8-18 learn a new instrument, form a band, write an original song, perform that song, and attend educational workshops on empowerment, music and social justice.
The Big Why:
We know that girls and women are vastly underrepresented in music and media careers, so we encourage them to join the discussion of equality and show them they can use original music to express their opinions about the struggles they face in the world. There is no music experience necessary to come to our camp and we provide all of the instruments and instructors. The campers can learn to play a new instrument or hone their previous skills. They will attend workshops on songwriting, diversity in the media, and discuss ways to volunteer in their community. They will write an original song in a small group and be able to perform it for each other and their families at the end of the week.
Alaska already has a thriving live music scene for adult performers and audiences, but there aren’t near as many opportunities for our young people to see relatable role-models performing original music on stage. They are more likely to watch a performance on the Internet than they are to see a live concert or attend an instrument Masterclass with a qualified professional. We would like to change that! The most valuable outcome we hope to achieve with these camps is that we will ignite the creative spark in our local kids and that our campers will continue to write music throughout the year after camp is over. So many teens are afraid to try something new for fear of failing, and a camp like this addresses that fear and allows a space for everyone to walk away feeling confident that they mastered a basic understanding of a new instrument. We have found that this experience increases their leadership skills and teaches our campers that they do not need to be afraid to try any new skill in life. In 2016 we served 72 campers for a
full week of music education and we anticipate serving 100-120 campers in the 2017 season. The Anchorage camps will be in their fourth season, and our Haines camp will be in it’s second season. Also, the Haines camp will be expanding to be a fully-staffed sleep-away camp so that it can be attended by students from all over Southeast Alaska who live in communities that are too small or too remote to host their own summer music camps.
The Bottom Line:
With the help of this grant we will be able to offer this week of music and empowerment at an affordable cost. We have a policy of never turning a student away, regardless of their ability to pay for our camps, and we offer tuition discounts to any family who needs it. We are requesting funds for tuition assistance, camper supplies, and overhead operational expenses.
Tuition Assistance in the amount of $3,000 = $1,000 per camp (for 3 full weeks of camp in
summer 2017 in 2 different Alaskan communities, Anchorage and Haines)
Camper Music Supplies and Healthy Snacks in the amount of $1,500 = $500 per camp
Operational Expenses = $1,500
Total Grant Proposal Amount = $6,000