Our mission is to empower girls of all backgrounds through music education and performance. We are dedicated to creating a positive environment that builds girls’ self-esteem and fosters leadership, life-skills development, and independent thinking while cultivating a supportive community of peers and mentors that demonstrate it’s ok to be who you are!

Our mission and our goals align with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA). GRCA is an international coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music. We are in the process of applying to be a member of GRCA. The core values of both GRCA and Girls Rock Milwaukee are the following:

  • We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change
  • We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women
  • We value positive approaches to fighting sexism
  • We value integrity, honest and respect
  • We value appropriate sharing of resource, cooperation and collaboration
  • We value using our collective voice to further our mission
  • We value diversity

At camp, girls will form a band, learn to play an instrument, write a song and at the end of the week perform in a rock and roll showcase at a local venue. The objective of the camp is to give girls a creative outlet, a voice, and an opportunity to be surrounded by other creative people in an accepting environment. Writing and playing a song together brings a sense of accomplishment and leads to a sense of empowerment. It takes an act of bravery to get up on a stage!

 Photo by Kat Schleicher

During the week, girls also attend workshops that are designed to develop strong life-skills and to empower them as young women. These classes may include:

  • Print/Flyer Making
  • History of Women in Music
  • Button Making
  • Songwriting
  • Image and Identity
  • Team Building
  • Conflict resolution

The bands the girls form will be made up of a singer, guitar player, bass player, drummer and keyboardist.

Camp is held at the Helene Zelazo Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Campers must be able to attend all days of the camp, as well as the Sunday Showcase.


9:00-9:30 Morning Assembly/Check-In
9:30-10:30 Workshop 1
10:30-12:30 Instrument Instruction
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Workshop 2
2:30-4:30 Band Practice
4:30-5:00 Band Performance or Dance Party!

Campers may be dropped off at UWM as early as 8am and picked up as late as 6pm.  Specific workshops that will be offered during camp will be listed here as we finalize instructors.

Camp tuition is $300 per student.  Financial assistance available to allow any camper the opportunity to attend camp.