General Information

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What is Girls Rock Camp Madison?

Girls Rock Camp Madison (GRC) is a week-long summer day camp for girls ages 8 to 18 focusing on building positive self-esteem through music.  No musical experience is necessary to join, because the camp begins with the basics of playing and performing in a rock band (or punk band, or funk band, or jazz band, or whatever band!).  Camp includes:

  • instrument lessons and band practice
  • a variety of workshops including songwriting, hip hop dance, yoga, zine writing, games, and building positive self esteem
  • professional recording studio experience
  • and a final showcase, where each band will play for friends, family and hundreds of screaming fans!

How Much Does it Cost?

Tuition for each session is $450. Financial Aid is available. Please click here for more information about Financial Aid.

In order to secure a space at Girls Rock Camp Madison, you are required to pay a $100 down payment to register unless you are applying for financial aid. The balance of tuition is due May 1st, 2017. If tuition is not paid in full by May 1st, the $100 down payment is forfeited and the space will go to a waiting list camper.

If you cancel your camper’s registration for Girls Rock Camp Madison between the time of registration and 31 days before the first day of the camp session your child is registered for, the $100 down payment is forfeited. If you cancel registration less than 31 days before the first day of the camp session your child is registered for, the entire tuition payment is forfeited and the space will go to a waiting list camper.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Yes! Please click here for more information about Financial Aid.

Where and When is Girls Rock Camp Madison?

All camps will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 4100 Nakoma Rd in Madison.

2018 dates TBA

We provide before care and after care for campers for a fee. Before care begins at 8 am. After care ends at 5 pm. There is a flat fee of $10 per day for before care and $10 per day for after care. These fees are non refundable and must be paid in advance. FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE FOR BEFORE AND AFTER CARE. Please contact Halle Pollay for assistance at grcmadison@gmail.com.

Registration

Campers and Parents/Guardians must register for camp.  Campers and Parents/Guardians will be notified with a registration confirmation email and information packet about the camp session. We accept 45 campers per session.

Girls on the waiting list will also receive an email and a packet.  As soon as a space becomes available, notification will happen as soon as possible!

*If you do not have access to a computer, please call Halle Pollay @ 608-217-3795 for a printed registration packet and financial aid application.

Where are the showcases?

The session 1 and 2 showcases will be held at the Goodman Community Center Loft located at 149 Waubesa St in Madison. The session 3 showcase will be held at the High Noon Saloon located at 701 E. Washington Ave in Madison.

Session 3 Supplemental Information

In Session 3, girls in 8th grade through high school (including girls who graduate in May 2016), with continued experience on their instrument or with vocals, will have a chance to delve deeply into the creative musical process with advanced instrument & ensemble instruction, advanced songwriting instruction, music theory and band practice with band mates who are experienced on their instruments and vocals.

The camp will provide instruments and equipment during camp hours for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard & Vocals. If you have an instrument at home that you would prefer to play, by all means, bring it along!

VIOLIN PROGRAM AT SESSION 3
We will also continue our exciting program for girls who play VIOLIN during the year to learn how to rock out on violin in a band! You must have your own violin at camp.

D.J. PROGRAM AT SESSION 3
Another “back by popular demand” session 3 option is our Club DJ program. We have space for two campers (accepted on a first come first served basis, no experience necessary) to learn what it takes to be a club/party DJ. They will learn beat matching and mixing skills using songs they already know and love!

TECH PROGRAM AT SESSION 3
Also back for this year’s summer session is our wildly successful “Tech Program.” This summer at Session 3, we have space for 3 campers (accepted on a first come first served basis, no experience necessary) who will learn the ins and outs of stage management, roadie basics, gear tutorials AND videography.

In order to apply for Session Three on an instrument or vocals, the following 2 requirements must be met:

  1. The camper has received a recommendation from a GRC staff member on a specific instrument
    OR
    the camper submits a video audition (or arranges for a live audition)   See below for video submission rules.
  2. The camper must play her chosen instrument on a regular basis throughout the year (in a band, in school, private ongoing lessons, self-motivated individual practice, etc.)

Video Submission

  • All videos must show the camper playing her instrument &/or singing a song (it’s fine if you are accompanied by other instrumentalists) for AT LEAST 60 SECONDS AND NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES.
  • Videos do not have to be professional quality and can be a video of a performance at an event such as a talent show, open mic, school concert event, etc., as long as the camper’s individual performance is SEEN and HEARD.
  • If you don’t have the technology to create a video, please contact info@grcmadison.org to arrange a live audition.

Camp Leaders

GRC Madison is organized and led by a group of musicians, performers and teachers from the Madison area.  Visit the Instructors page to view all dedicated staff members.  Lead staff includes:

Halle Pollay
Executive Director
Beth Kille
Music Director
Beth Dohrn
President, Board
of Directors

In addition to GRC Madison’s camp leaders, we also employ:

  • Instrument Instructors: Teach bass, guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals (we also employ a violin, a Club DJ and a “Tech” instructor)
  • Band Coaches: Assist campers with the songwriting process while in their band rehearsal. There are 2 band coaches for every band (bands are comprised of 5 campers)
  • Band Managers: Supervise campers (1 staff for every 5 campers) and serves as a go-to person for campers if they need help during the week
  • Girl Power Coach: Added this position last summer in response to behavioral/emotional needs of some of our campers. This is a position for a person with advanced skills in child psychology or development who can support campers in emotional crisis and outline and enforce behavioral policy as needed.
  • Gear Manager: We are outfitted to provide instruments and amplification needs for all of our campers. Our gear manager overseas all this gear and maintains it.
  • Breakout Session Instructors: In addition to musical programming, we also provide opportunities for our campers to do artistic projects like t-shirt design, hip hop dance, self-esteem workshops etc by employing staff to teach “breakout sessions.”

Safety

The Camp is NOT open to the public.  Everyone involved in the camp is thoroughly interviewed and must be wearing an ID badge at all times.  The Showcase IS open to the public, so invite all of your friends, family and neighbors to see the rock stars shine!

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