Women's Rock n Roll Retreat
Stay tuned for our 2020 dates!
For anyone who has ever said:
"I wish Girls Rock Camp was around when I was a kid!"
A one-of-a-kind, three-day musical adventure, Women's Rock n Roll Retreat brings together women, trans and nonbinary folks from different walks of life and all levels of musical experience. In one weekend, you get instrument instruction, songwriting lessons, band practice, workshops, and the opportunity to build community with other folks from the Twin Cities — all culminating in a showcase concert of original music that YOUR band wrote at a local music venue. It's a weekend of bonding, getting out of your comfort zone, expanding your horizons and having a TON OF FUN in a safe and supportive environment.
If you've ever wanted to be in a band, if you've always wanted to learn an instrument or improve the skills you already have, if you'd like to have fun being creative with other folks, then WRRR is for you. You will attend workshops related to gear, songwriting and social justice. Local guest bands and songwriters will perform for you and answer your questions about the music business. AND, you'll form a band, write a song, and put on a concert- in just three days!
All the teachers at WRRR are professional musicians from the local Twin Cities music scene. Coming from a variety of different genres and bands, these teachers have years of playing and teaching experience, as well as many stories to share about being a musician.
PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR CAMP, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ:
1. Camp Details and FAQ (below)
2. Camp Waiver Forms
Friday, April 5, 2019: 10am-7pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019: 10am-7pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019: 10am-5pm, followed by a 5-7pm showcase open to the public!
Lake Harriet House of Music
4948 Washburn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Bunkers Music Bar & Grill
761 N. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
***Please commit to attending camp all three days for the entire duration.*** Any missed time at camp may inhibit the progress of your band! :)
Who can sign up for WRRR?
Women, trans, and nonbinary folks over the age of 19 can sign up for Women's Rock n Roll Retreat. NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY / ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME. You don’t have to bring your own instrument, but feel free to do so if you like.
What instrument can I play at WRRR? Do I have to own my instrument? Do I have to have any experience or take lessons prior to WRRR?
You can choose between drums, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards and vocals! We will have all necessary instruments and gear at camp, so do not worry if you don't have one! Guitar and bass players, please let us know on the registration form if you will be needing to borrow one for the weekend. If possible, please make a second instrument selection on the registration form below. We will make every attempt to honor your first instrument choice. Sometimes, in order to make sure that all bands have the necessary instrumentation, we may need to switch you to your second choice instrument. You can rest assured that you will be playing your first choice instrument unless you hear back from us. A confirmation e-mail will be send out two weeks prior to camp with your final instrument selection and any other information you may need to know.
You do NOT have to have ANY instrument experience before camp. Our teachers are very skilled and will help you rock out whether you have never touched your instrument or you have played it for 50+ years. At last years camp, 35% of campers had never played their instrument and they all totally rocked.
Will I receive private instruction?
Much of the learning and activities that take place at WRRR are in a group setting. For instrument instruction, you will be paired with 2-4 of your peers and an instructor. But, you will have the opportunity to stay late or come early to camp to have a 30 minute, private instrument lesson with one of the WRRR instructors. Private lessons will be offered on April 5 (7:30-8:00pm), April 6 (9:00-9:30am or 7:30-8:00pm) and April 7 (9:00-9:30am). You can register and pay for one or two lessons on your camp registration form. A sign up for days/times will be sent out a few weeks prior to camp. Private lessons are $20 per lesson.
What if the instrument I'd like to sign up for is full?
We encourage you to try another instrument! Remember, there is no experience necessary- many campers return year after year and try out new instruments every time! If you have your heart set on a particular instrument, though, you can sign up for our waiting list.
I'm really hesitant to sign up for camp. What if I'm not good at songwriting or playing an instrument?
New experiences can be really scary and we understand that this weekend can be intimidating for some folks. We are here to provide a safe, non-judgemental and non-competitive space for women, trans and nonbinary folks to try new things and ROCK OUT. We have a talented staff who will be there to help you the whole weekend. All songs are written collaboratively, so you will have your 4-5 other bandmates and your 2 band coaches to help you out. And, there are no apologies at camp. Seriously, it's our rule to say 'I Rock' when we make mistakes and not 'I'm Sorry'. We make it a point to make sure everyone knows how hard THEY ROCK no matter how much musical experience they have. Take it from the word of WRRR Alumni:
* "(My favorite thing about camp was) the supportive, low-key atmosphere. It's stressful and scary enough to learn a new instrument, write songs, perform, etc. without worrying about being judged or rushed or told it's not good enough. The "I Rock/You Rock" mantra is brilliant."
* "Thank you SO much for this opportunity. I feel really special that I could be a part of this. It was a life changing experience for me. I learned a lot about myself AND I was able to do the things I've been wanting to do for 30 years! Thank you!!!"
* "I had the freaking time of my life! I think the best part was the positive atmosphere. I never once felt uncomfortable like I usually do playing in front of accomplished musicians. It was just a really cool experience and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in it."
Okay, that makes sense. But, I'm "just a mom" or "just a banker", should I really attend this camp?
First of all, you are not "just" anything. You are a wonderful and talented person. You deserve to take time for yourself and learn something new (or hone in on your creative skill). WRRR is a great way to meet new people, connect with your creativity and boost your confidence. Even if you never touch your instrument before camp or after camp, the experience is incredibly rewarding and you will have a blast.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel after sending in your registration, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org right away. If you choose to donate your tuition fee, you will be given a tax receipt. If you cancel anytime before March 7, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after March 6, you will not be issued a refund. In the event of medical emergency, credit for a future session may be available. Please note that absolutely no refunds will be issued after the start of the program.
What is the cost of WRRR? Do you have financial assistance available?
Basic Tuition: $325
Do you want to come to camp but can't afford the full tuition amount? Contact email@example.com- we have financial assistance options available, as well as a payment installment plan!
Can you afford to pay more? WRRR is made possible in part by grant funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and generous donations from our supporters. Our tuition price is set below our actual program costs because we want to keep our programs accessible to all folks who want to attend, regardless of economic means. Our actual program costs are approximately $900 per camper. At registration, you do have the option of adding an additional donation to She Rock She Rock to support our financial assistance
Is food provided for the participants?
As of right now, meals and snacks are not included in the tuition price. The facility we will be at is within walking distance from many restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Also, feel free to bring a bag lunch and snacks, we have a refrigerator at the facility if you need to use it.
Can I play my acoustic guitar at camp?
We think acoustic guitars are super cool, but we also strongly encourage women to step out of their comfort zone and try out the electric guitar! If you'd like to try an electric, we've got one we can loan you for the duration of camp! If you really, really, really want to play your acoustic- just make sure it has a pickup in it. Otherwise you won't be able to hear it over the drummer in your band, and we generally don't have enough microphones to share with guitars.
I'm coming in from out of town, can I stay overnight at the camp location?
WRRR is not an overnight camp, but there are plenty of hotels nearby (camp is about 15-20 min from the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport) where you can book a room. Also, AirBNB could be a good option for an inexpensive place to stay. We are also asking registrants to indicate whether or not they'd be willing to house an out-of-town camper for the weekend, so that may be a possibility too: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if there is anyone on the list and we can send you their contact info.
How can I register for camp?
You have the option of paying online with your credit card or mailing in a check. If you choose to send a check, please mail to She Rock She Rock, 5115 Excelsior Blvd #316, Minneapolis, MN 55416 and note that we must receive the check within three business days of your registration in order to hold your spot in the camp.
Okay, I'm considering going to camp, but I'm still unsure. Are you sure I should attend?
YES! You rock! It's okay to be nervous or unsure, in fact many folks come into camp on the first morning and are incredibly hesitant or nervous. You'll get through it and you'll have a blast. Do it.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions! You can reach Jenny or Sam via e-mail or calling 844-743-7625.