Rock And Roll Camp For Girls Teaches Young Women More Than Music




Rock N Roll Camp for Girls LA Empowers

By DONNA BALANCIA

Rock N Roll Camp for Girls LA is an empowering experience for young women – campers get to learn music and more from musician mentors. And the mentors in return, learn a lot from the kids.

Rock and Roll Camp for Girls is held in DTLA - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia
Rock and Roll Camp for Girls is held in DTLA – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Summer Camp and More

Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles was founded in 2010 by the Raining Jane musicians, who are mainly known as the women who work with Jason Mraz. It started as solely a summer camp and there were 50 campers. But today the group serves two sessions of summer camp, a music video program and a counselor-in-training program. A fundraiser program called Ladies Rock Camp was created as a 3-day session to help build awareness and raise money.

The campers wrap up their session with a performance – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

RCGLA Has Grown

But today the group serves two sessions of summer camp, a music video program and a counselor-in-training program. A fundraiser program called Ladies Rock Camp was created as a 3-day session to help build awareness and raise money.

Immaculate Conception School in downtown L.A. has been the home to RCGLA programs from the very beginning.

Mona Tavakoli, (L) one of the members of Raining Jane, is a coach and mentor – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Confidence and Music Too

RCGLA does it all in the name of building confidence in young women — and of course, it’s done for the fun of learning to play music. Girls break up into separate bands, give their bands an identity and present their music at a popular venue at the end of the camp session. Last year the presenting venue was The Troubadour in West Hollywood.

Each camper joins a band, creates identity and music – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Music Video Program

“I was able to create music videos because I was in the music video program,” said camper Malia, who worked in a team to create a music video for the local LA band Wasi. “What is so great about the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls is it builds confidence, you learn how to work in a team to create music and it gives everyone the chance to have a say in their projects.”

Counselors inspire — and perform — during camp – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Sunday Fundays

The program has grown to beyond just summer. RCGLA recently launched its first series of all-ages events outside of Summer Camp, Sunday Fundays.

RCGLA was the first “Girls Rock Camp” to be established in Southern California. It was inspired by the Girls Rock Camp movement taking place around the world and especially by Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and the first-ever Girls Rock Camp in the world: Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Portland.

Campers screen music videos and perform the music they created during the camp – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

RCGLA is a proud member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

For information go to the Rock N Roll Camp for Girls LA website.

Counselors inspire – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

 

More information on the camp is available at the RCGLA website – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

 

The girls show off their projects at the Troubadour last year – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

 

Girls camp culminates in a performance at a popular LA venue – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia