The Girls Rock Camp is an organization in Portland, Oregon, that runs a week-long summer camp for girls focusing on musical instruction and self-reliance. They are now starting a year-long after school program called the Girls Rock Institute which offers programs similar to those at the camp, only all year round. And their fledgling library needs materials. They are looking for all kinds of donations, so those of you in bands might want to send your cds to the library collection.
For the last three years the Girls Rock Camp has run a week-long summer camp for girls focusing on musical instruction and self-reliance. They’ve gotten quite a bit of national press, so you might have heard of the camp. (Incidentaly, they have a concert at the end of camp every year, and it is apparently mind-blowing to be in the presence of those girls. They do rock.)
The folks at Girls Rock Camp are now starting a year-long after school program. It’s called the Girls Rock Institute. The Institute is new this year, serves girls 10-18, and offers programs similar to those at the camp, only all year.
And they have a new library. This fledgling library needs materials. Please consider making donations yourself, or ask your music library or musician friends if they can donate.
2. all kinds of music magazines (you can sponsor a subscription)
3. books, of any kind, but especially:
• sheet music for guitar, bass, vocals, drums and keyboards (in books or loose)
• biographies of musicians, bands, writers, other artists and performers
• music business, publishing, copywriting, touring, managing, media relations
• technical books (i.e. electronic repair, audio recording)
• how-to/craft books (i.e. woodworking, photography, sewing, book making, web/graphic design)
• journalism & creative writing
• women’s studies & self-care (i.e. health, first aid, self-defense, yoga, etc.)
• an encyclopedia set (newer than 5 yrs old) and a dictionary
They’re also looking for office supplies, furniture, and library materials of all kinds. The initial donation drive is from Dec 1-15, and if you’re in Portland you can drop things of at various sites throughout town. Call or email the Girls Rock Camp for details. Their contact info is:
8900 “A” NE Vancouver Way
Portland, OR 97211
The Girls Rock Camp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. More information about the Girls Rock Institute can be found on the organization’s website, or by writing/calling at the address above. They would love a major donation from a music library or a music fan’s personal collection, and would be happy to accept it after Dec. 15.
When asked if they really want people to send them their random, unwanted cds, Executive Director, Misty McElroy told Glorious Noise, “The library coordinator will handle the review of the cd’s – you just never know what treasure might come along!” Unfortunately, we know all too well what kinds of treasure might come along, ha ha.
If you don’t want to give up any of your own personal music library, you can still help: “We do have a scholarship program, both for the summer camps and the after-school sessions. So we’re desperate for monetary donations since 59% of our girls attend for free,” says McElroy. “We’re also hosting a Ladies Rock Camp April 16-18, which costs $300 and is a fundraiser specifically for the scholarship program. Applications will be up this week; info online. So spread that gospel, too!”
So please forward this info to anyone you think will be interested.