Girls Rock! summer camp to hold benefit show at PS1

Megan Buick
Megan Buick performs on Little Village Live in Public Space One’s former Jefferson building location.

Megan Buick, Cone Trauma and Maiden Mars are set to perform at a benefit concert for Girls Rock! Iowa City this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Public Space One.

Money raised at the benefit will help fund Girls Rock’s week-long summer camp, which kicks off on June 23 and is open to all “female-identified, transgender or gender non-conforming youth” ages 8-16. In addition to getting an opportunity to create music with their peers, campers will learn about the music production process from female artists and musicians. Each ad hoc band will also get to write a song and record it at the end of the week.

Girls Rock!, a project co-founded by Iowa City residents Alyse Burnside and Merit Bickner, is currently running an Indiegogo fundraiser:

Our aim in creating gender-specific programming is to focus community attention and respect on girls and women who may otherwise be overlooked in the heavily male-dominated arena of music and music production. By putting girls in touch with women experienced in various aspects of music making, and by offering workshops in areas like recording, performance and production, we hope to create an atmosphere of empowerment and support for girls in our community.

Funds will go to providing scholarships to campers who otherwise could not afford to come to camp, as well as free lunch, the cost of the venue, providing campers with musical instruments, and recording each band’s song at the end of the week. Looking forward, any additional funding will go towards ensuring a future for Girls Rock! camp and programming in Iowa City.

$5 gets you into Saturday’s show, but further donations are encouraged. Tuition for the summer camp will be based on a sliding scale, and donations from the benefit concert will help Girls Rock! ensure that no one will be turned away for lack of funding, the organization states.

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