Although quite different from a typical year of camp, the virtual format of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles’ 2020 programming opened new doors and provided new perspectives. Campers joined from as far away as Europe and South America. Instead of campers going to camp, camp went into the homes of campers. Instead of being in a band, campers worked towards individual goals and we got to see each camper’s unique expression. Eight Music Video Program campers worked collectively to shoot one music video – entirely remotely! And we finally got to spend more time (a whole week) nerding out over audio and recording.
In the spring with an eight-week series of programming on Instagram Live and Zoom. Then in July, 54 campers participated in three weeks of virtual summer camp. Each week focused on either instrument instruction, songwriting, music video production, or recording, and included discussions on racial justice and mental health wellness, and visits from special guests joining in from different parts of the country. Laptops and instruments were provided to campers who needed them, and at the end of each week our “Sharecases” gave every camper a chance to shine. Despite being so different from a Showcase at the Troubadour, the emotion and spirit was ALL there!
We will always do our best to provide a platform for girls and gender expansive youth to express themselves through music, to gain tools for coping with the world, and to be seen and heard – whether virtual, in-person, or both. We know there are many vital causes that need attention and funding, and we know many folks are out of work or dealing with other financial stress. Every dollar that is donated to Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles makes a difference, and no donation is too small. Thank you for considering us this Giving Tuesday.