Rock music has a well-documented women problem. Female musicians are underrepresented onstage and in the Hall of Fame. And the rockers who play in tiny clubs and massive arenas regularly report that, if they happen to be women, they deal with gendered barriers, misrepresentations and challenges regularly.
But that may be changing. In addition to a range of women who find support and success in the current music scene, Girls Rock Indianapolis' all-volunteer crew works to engage the next generation of music making today. The group's summer camp is taking place this week. Though music instruction is a part of the plan, Girls Rock's primary aim is to use music education to foster self-esteem, create community, and encourage social change. It's a lofty, complex goal, but presented through engaging and fun activities. We stopped by to capture the girls in action and practice.
If you want to see the results of the five-day camp, Girls Rock bands will take the stage Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Warren Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online or at the door.