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The Runaways After School Program is an 8-week program for girls 7-17 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase.
WHO: Girls between 7 and 17 years old. All musical experience levels are welcome and we provide all of the instruments. No prior musical experience is necessary. Girls 15+ can participate in our intern program and earn community service hours. Check out more on our Electric Youth Intern Program here Electric Youth
WHEN: We offer program on Tuesday from 3-6, Wednesday from 3-5:30, and Thursday from 3-6. At the end of each 8-week session everyone will participate in a showcase.
Tuesday: grades 1st-3rd
Wednesday: grades 4th & 5th
Thursday: grades 6th-8th
*Students are welcome to arrive between 3:30 and 4pm, depending on their school schedules.
WHERE: Tuesday & Wednesday: Mckenzie Adult Building on Las Positas, Thursday: Santa Barbara Jr. High
HOW: Fill out the online application or call us to request a paper application.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. We will respond within three weeks with tuition payment info and next steps for enrollment.
Full tuition is $240 per session. Limited financial aid is available. Please fill out our financial aid application.
- Instrument instruction: Students sign up to learn bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals, and attend one-hour lessons in groups of 3-5 students. No musical experience is required and we provide instruments for everyone (but students are welcome to bring their own guitars or basses).
- Band practice: Students form bands with their peers on the first day, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a female mentor (their “band manager”) who provides guidance, encouragement and technical support throughout the songwriting process.
- Workshops: Students attend workshops in place of instrument instruction for two weeks of the session. Workshops are geared toward self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops are catered to each age group and may include Music Herstory, Zine & Comic Making, Screenprinting, Image & Identity, Healthy Relationships, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Breakdancing, Self-Defense, Alternative Instruments and more.
- Showcase: Each band will perform its original song at a live showcase, attended by friends, family and adoring fans.
Interested in volunteering at GRSB? Find out more on our volunteer page.
Please note, we cannot guarantee your first choice instrument. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but ask that you put your first and second choice instrument choices on the application. Thank you for understanding
Here at Girls Rock SB!, of course we know that there are many ways to speak our minds, and just one of these ways is to cover someone else’s songs. Singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs has taken Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” (2012) and transformed it according to her personal perception of Jepsen’s words, regardless of the original artist’s intentions. “I think there’s a bit of sadness in this song,” Youngs explains in the video’s caption on YouTube. ”That longing is the angle from which I approached this cover.” We think it’s beautiful how artists from very different musical backgrounds can feed each other’s inspiration. Even when we copy another, perhaps more established, artist’s work, we are still empowering our own voices just by adding our unique style and perspective. So please enjoy Jenny Owen Youngs’s eloquent, spunky style in this and many other (original and covered) tunes! We can’t wait to discuss themes like this with you all soon at Girls Rock Camp 2013!
“Call Me Maybe” Cover by Jenny Owen Youngs
Von Grey is made up of 4 sisters, all extremely accomplished musicians! They are currently on tour with violinst, Lindsay Stirling. I learned about them from one of my best friends who had the opportunity to see them at SoHo Music Club in Santa Barbara last night. She fell so hard for them that I got a text at almost 1 a.m. begging me to take a listen. Jaime Powell, you are so right! these girls are amazing. They are definitely worth checking out! I wish they lived closer then Georgia, so they could be in our benefit show!!
If you haven’t heard of Cherri Bomb yet–rest assured– you will! They are an all girl rock band hailing from the one and only Los Angeles. Check out an interview Rock Edition did with them here, be sure not to miss their upcoming performance at the Fusion Music Festival Nov. 3rd at the Paramount Ranch!
Girls Rock SB! & Sibling Artistry present: The Label. ”The label” is an equivalency to ” the company” that you will find at many dance schools. Girls who show dedication and have reached a high level of technical and creative ability will have the opportunity to audition for our label, Sibling Artistry.
Once signed to our label, the girls will have the opportunity to record in the studio, make an album and receive support from our booking and management teams.
For more information fill out the form below and we will be sure to get back to you.
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