Girls Rock London runs rock camps to improve self-esteem and increase the number of girls, women and trans folk creating music
Girls Rock London (GRL!) is part of a movement of rock camps around the world, united by a desire to amplify voices and achieve gender equality in the music industry.
Over camps that span three and a half days (for adults) or six days (for girls), the aim is to learn the basics of an instrument, write a song with your band, then perform it at a live gig on the last day. GRL! helps build self-esteem by encouraging participants to take up space, try new things, work together and make noise, as well as running daily workshops on subjects like body image and intersectional feminism.
GRL! is run by musicians Geraldine Smith, Jessie Maryon Davies, Linda Buratto and Vicky O’Neon, with help from a dedicated team of volunteer musicians and educators.
Half of GRL!’s places are offered free of charge to young people, via referrals from partner organisations, while the other half are paid. In a notoriously hard-to-reach group (age 11-16), so far 100 per cent of youth participants have completed each of the courses, while the adult camps have produced two bands that continue to play together.
GRL! has now secured funding from Youth Music and the Arts Council to pilot a follow-up programme for both adults and young people, to continue working with participants after the camps.