Spotify, Girls Rock Camp Foundation Partner On Scholarship Fund
June 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM (PT)
SPOTIFY and GIRLS ROCK CAMP FOUNDATION (GRFC), which offers funding for the 50+ nonprofit GIRLS ROCK CAMPS around the U.S., have teamed up to create SPOTIFY SCHOLARSHIPS to provide full tuition to 100+ girls from low-income families across 22 camps for summer 2016.
Girls who attend week-long GRC programs learn an instrument, form a band, and write an original song which they perform in a showcase at a live music venue -- many of the campers' first rock show ever. Audiences are treated to performances from campers who have created their own T-shirts, made zines, and chosen band names. Many camps also offer video production, recording and engineering, and music industry basics. Girls learn leadership skills and collaboration, building confidence that extends to every area of their lives.
Said GRCF Board Member TARA PERKINS: "With barriers and double standards faced by female musicians, and the low numbers of women in executive, A&R and producer roles, programs like GIRLS ROCK CAMP offer a vital, foundational solution. We are so excited to have an industry leader like SPOTIFY make such a commitment to supporting women in music".
SPOTIFY has partnered with GRC for the last several years, including providing scholarships at a local level in select cities and building an employee volunteer initiative with the camps.
GRCF's supporters include board members TEGAN AND SARA, BETH DITTO and KATHLEEN HANNA. GRCF's recent GIRLS TO THE FRONT gala featured appearances by HAIM, HAILEE STEINFELD, RACHEL BLOOM, MIGUEL, MOTOWN RECORDS President ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM and GRAMMY-winning songwriters JULIA MICHAELS and JUSTIN TRANTER.