Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls, transgender youth, and gender non-conforming youth to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.
What We Do
Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) offers a volunteer run summer program for girls, transgender and gender non-conforming youth aged 8-17. During each session, youth have the opportunity to form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose an original song and perform live at a local rock venue – all in one week’s time. In addition to the band practices and instrumental lessons, GRCB also provides workshops geared towards self-esteem building and self-expression including Self-Defense, Screen Printing, Women in Rock History, and Songwriting.
Girls, trans and gender non-conforming youth are rarely encouraged to explore self-expression and creative outlets that are not tied to body image or to meeting strict standards of appearance. They are also less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We have cultivated a supportive community of peers and positive female, transgender and gender non-conforming mentors that encourage and teach our youth to be their own rock heroes, allowing them to think differently about limits that may be placed upon them by our society.
Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a 501(c)(3) non profit, feminist organization. By making knowledge accessible and providing a safe space for girls and women, as well as transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults, GRCB is a key element in bringing about necessary social change in our community.
To learn more about our summer program for youth or our Ladies Rock Camp program, please visit our session page HERE »
–“My wife and I can say wholeheartedly that our daughter has never evolved so positively from any one program or group such as GRCB. [She] started the week as a girl who would lip sync her way through class performances, and hide behind curtains at school plays. Now she’s doing drum solos in music halls. We would love for her to be a life long musician, but the most important thing is that she becomes a confident, strong, compassionate woman in the future. GRCB showed her exactly how to be just that. We love you guys!”
–“This kid really needed to be reminded what it was like to be treated with respect again and to work with kids who had the same goal. Where we live, she is the odd man out a lot of times, the kid who is super creative and will accept mild bullying from friends because there aren’t a whole lot of choices out there. This was safe and she was respected. She needed that so much. It seriously changed her life. We can’t thank you enough.”
–“GRCB is so enriching to my daughter’s life, giving her confidence that she might otherwise be lacking, and teaching her things I know she wouldn’t listen to me about in terms of women’s history in and out of rock music. It’s always so amazing to see how much more she seems to be able to take on the world in the weeks following GRCB.”