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WAM Announces WA’s First Ever ‘Girls Rock!’ Camp

24 Jul

With Girls Rock! camps already rocking cities around the world, WAM are absolutely thrilled to announce we’ll be bringing the much-loved program to WA in January 2019!

Girls Rock! is a week-long day camp that aims to empower young female, trans, and gender diverse people through music and education.

Over the course of the week campers will hone skills on their instrument of choice (guitar, bass, drums or vocals), join a band with other campers, write a song together, and then perform at a Girls Rock! showcase on the Saturday. Daily creative and empowering workshops as well as lunchtime performances by local musicians will also be included in the program.

The program tackles the issue of gender imbalance in the music industry with a focus on the key areas of creativity, positivity, community and empowerment.


WHEN: Monday 14 – Saturday 19 January 2019
WHERE: Perth, WA – venue to be confirmed
WHO: Open to female, trans, and non-binary people aged 11-17 with existing experience in either guitar, bass, drums or vocals.

WA’s first Girls Rock! program will be spearheaded by Perth teacher and local musician Em Burrows, who said, “I have heard so many established female musicians saying that they wish they had something like Girls Rock! when they were starting out as song writers and performers! Girls Rock! is such a great program and a great way for Perth to nurture its next generation of musicians. It gives young people the chance to learn from experienced musicians and industry personnel in such a welcoming environment. I’m so excited to work with WAM to get this program off the ground!”


If you’re interested in taking part in the first ever WA Girls Rock! program, please register your interest via the form HERE!


Courtney Barnett performing and mentoring at Girls Rock! Melbourne. (Photo credit: Katie Dutton)



“My child participated in the first Girls Rock! Melbourne and it was possibly the most influential, self-esteem building, creative and eye-opening experience she has ever had.”

“As a parent, it was great to roll up each day of the camp and see everything so organised: I could have complete faith all would be well, and that the camp organisers obviously had a handle on everything at all times. That’s always such a relief.”

“She had such an empowering and confidence boosting experience.”

“When my child participated in Girls Rock last January, it was life changing – was amazing for her to be around girls and women in a positive, accepting, and creative environment.”


“Thank you for supporting me and taking your time to help me learn the drums from scratch and for reassuring me I was doing okay. This is something I’m going to keep with me forever.”

“Thank you for making it such a judgement-free space, where we could all be ourselves, regardless of identity or ability. This week has made me a much more confident person and I owe it all to you all.”


The Girls Rock! program is part of a national network of Australian rock camps and a wider global Girls Rock! community. Girls Rock! originated in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and has since spread across the world to the UK, Japan, Finland and more. The first Girls Rock! camp to take place in Australia was Girls Rock! Canberra in 2016, with camps now also hosted in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and new programs in Wollongong, Adelaide, and here in Perth now in development.


If you’re interested in taking part in the first ever WA Girls Rock! program, head to!

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.