Imagine, if you will, the closing scene of the Jack Black movie School of Rock. A band comprised of 5th graders have just completed their first Battle of the Bands contest (placing second) as the movie fades into a first-hand peek at the newly developed School of Rock “Afterschool Program”. The concept was to create a place for children to learn to play instruments together under the mentorship of volunteers who love music. Jack Black’s ridiculousness aside, the idea is very heartwarming.
Now, imagine this scene in Indianapolis, rather than New York. Replace Dewey Finn and Ned Schneebly with the women of local rock band Neon Love Life. Re-title School of Rock to Girls Rock! And instead of being in an apartment-turned-studio, picture groups of females from age nine to sixteen learning to play instruments together on the campus of Park Tudor School in Broad Ripple.
Now, your imagination is reality.
Girls Rock! Indianapolis, a newly formed non-profit organization, is dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. In July of 2010, Girls Rock! Indianapolis will host its first week-long day camp. Girls between the ages of nine and sixteen will receive instruction on guitar, bass, drums or vocals. Each camper will become part of a band, learn how to write songs, and perform in front of a live audience at the end-of-camp showcase. Campers will also take part in various workshops that relate to body image, self-esteem, and empowerment.
The organization is currently operating entirely on donations and volunteers. The next fundraising event is Thursday May 13th at Locals Only. The event, part of the weekly Butler Scion Free Thursdays, will feature music from Mandy Marie & The Cool Hand Lukes, Neon Love Life, and Sugar Moon Rabbit.
If you’re interested in donating your time, money, or old equipment plan to attend an informational meeting in Broad Ripple (6019 Crestview Avenue) at 7 p.m. this evening (Tuesday April 27). The meeting is open to anyone and everyone interested in helping the cause.
To download an application to the Girls Rock Indy 2010 Camp for the young female in your life, visit the Girls Rock Indy website. Also, take a look at their wish-list to see items currently in demand for a successful camp in July. Who knows… maybe you can finally put that old guitar and amp in the back of your closet to good use.