Since beginning in 2015, Ladies Rock Milwaukee—the winter companion to Girls Rock Milwaukee—has experienced significant growth. Between the inaugural camp and year two, enrollment went from 16 campers to 22, with the most recent camp culminating with a well-attended showcase at Company Brewing.
Organizers of the “intensive Friday-Sunday music camp for women, femmes, and feminine-identifying individuals aged 18 years and older” are hoping for an even bigger response when Ladies Rock returns March 3-5, 2017. Registration for next year’s camp is now open. The camp, which actually starts with a March 2 kickoff party, aims to empower, inspire, and foster collaboration for people of all skill levels—even those who have never played an instrument before.
“This provides a space for you to build relationships and also learn skills, technique, and songwriting,” co-founder Mary Joy told us before last year’s camp. “But it’s also about developing that confidence. It provides a way for people to get their creative energy out in a way they would never be able to by themselves.”
Campers will be divided into bands, which will work together on conflict resolution and music marketing exercised, and will write and rehearse a song at UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center For The Performing Arts March 3-5. Each band will perform their song(s) at an 8 p.m. Company Brewing showcase on the camp’s final night. You can apply HERE or by emailing camp director Ron Starke at Ron@GirlsRockMKE.org.