I’ve been lucky to do a lot of cool stuff in this town since I moved back. Some of it as personal projects to me and some of it to benefit the city. All of it has had the endless support and encouragement of the very smart people around me and the passionate people of New Orleans.
I’m starting on a new venture today. It’s actually one that I’ve been kicking around in the back of my head since I moved here. I’m starting Girls Rock NOLA, a camp and workshop course dedicated to empowering teen and pre-teen girls of all skill levels to start rocking out. It was inspired by watching Girls Rock Camp grow from one woman’s idea into a national alliance. My vision is this:Workshops –
Workshops are going to cover any number of topics: songwriting, music history, music business, music photography, female images in music, communication and trust building, management, brand building, gender and identity, stage presence…all forms of music and performance. Lessons –
Lessons will be in instrument instruction (including turntables) and any more specific and detailed workshop topics that girls want to go more in-depth. Shows –
Girls will start writing and performing as soon as possible and put together a show to showcase their songs. The show will come together after a 2-week or longer summer session. Hopefully, by next summer I will have raised enough money via Kickstarter and fundraisers to not only have a summer camp but also do after school sessions once the school year starts, so that girls continue to grow throughout the year. This is not a competition. These girls will learn to work together as peers, as a team, with guidance and mentorship from any local female volunteers who wish to join the cause. (I’m not totally excluding the guys. There’s a special place for you, too.)
I’ve started setting up our social media today, got the Kickstarter, WP blog, and some other preliminaries going and hope to roll it all out next week. I’m lucky to have a friend in journalist Alison Fensterstock, who I will be partnering with to get it all off the ground.
I hope to have your help as I have with everything else I’ve done in the past. You’re all very generous and supportive. I’m ready to show the world why and how New Orleans can breed such world class talent. We all have each other’s backs.My mission is simple: Girls, pick up an instrument. Any instrument. Pick up a guitar and start a band! Pick up a pen and start writing! Pick up a camera and start photographing! Pick up something and get to rocking! Girls ROCK! And we want NOLA to know it!