Registration for 2018's camp is OPEN!
2018 Camp Session: Friday-Sunday, July 13-15
Kick-Off Party: Thursday, July 12 at Circle A
Showcase: Sunday, July 15 at Company Brewing
Ladies Rock MKE is an intensive Friday-Sunday music camp in Milwaukee, WI, for women, transgender, and gender non-conforming folks of any identity 18 years or older. Campers of all skill levels learn an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, or vocals), form a band, write a song, and perform their song at an end-of-camp showcase for friends, family, and fans.
Our mission is to empower women, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals of any identity and of all backgrounds and abilities through music education and performance. We are committed to fostering independent thinking, building self-esteem, and bridging cultural and social divides in a supportive community of peers and mentors. We are dedicated to providing a safe space to explore music through creative collaboration, self-expression, and technical development. Let's have fun, let loose, and rock!
During camp, campers receive small-group instruction on instruments, attend workshops, and practice with their bands. Workshops focus on topics such as songwriting, conflict resolution, women in rock, band merchandising/marketing, and others emphasizing leadership and the skills women need to take over the world! Instrument instruction and workshops are taught by an all-volunteer staff of Milwaukee-area musicians, teachers, artists, crafters, business owners, and community organizers.
No musical experience is required! You do not have to bring your own instrument, although you are welcome to do so. We will provide instruments and equipment during camp. In the application, you must pick two different instruments you would be interested in playing in your band. The choices are bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals. If you prefer to play another instrument, such as the ukulele, cello, or tambourine, that is fine, too, but you will be responsible for bringing it to camp.
We do our best to accommodate all participants with the instrument they would like to play at camp while making sure we have a balance of vocals and instruments in each band.
Camp is held from 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday at the Helene Zelazo Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sunday workshops and Showcase are held at Company Brewing in Riverwest. Campers must be able to attend all days of the camp as well as the Showcase.
Specific workshops that will be offered during camp will be listed here as we finalize instructors. Camp tuition is $250 ($200 before May 31). Financial assistance is available to allow any rocker the opportunity to attend camp. Learn more about the registration process here.