The Mixtape

Due to COVID-19 restrictions for summer camps, we will be holding 12 mini-camps this summer! A mini-camp is a week-long half-day in-person session with a small group of participants! Apply online!


Children ages 5–7 will explore musical instruments, learn about songwriting, and work on fun art projects.

  • July 5–9
  • 9am – 12pm, or
  • 1pm - 4pm
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New campers ages 8–16 will get the chance to see what GR!R is all about! They'll try out different instruments, learn how to write a song, and attend cool workshops.

  • July 12–16, or July 19-23
  • 9am – 12pm (Ages 8-11)
  • 1pm – 4pm (Ages 12–16)
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Band Factory

Experienced campers ages 10–16 will form a band, write a song, record a demo, and make a music video. Of course, they'll also attend workshops throughout the week.

  • July 26–30
  • 9am – 12pm (Ages 10–11)
  • 1pm – 4pm (Ages 13–14)
  • August 2–6
  • 9am – 12pm (Ages 12–13)
  • 1pm – 4pm (Ages 14–16)
  • August 9–13
  • 9am – 12pm (Ages 12-13)
  • 1pm – 4pm (Ages 14–16)
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Who Can Apply

The Mix Tape is open to girls and LGBTQ+ youth – ages 5 to 16 years old.

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Frequently asked questions

When is camp?

Summer 2021; We’ll have two sessions a day, choose between early mornings or late afternoons.


Children ages 5-7 will explore musical instruments, learn about songwriting, & work on fun art projects.

  • July 5 – July 9
    9am – 12pm, or 1pm – 4pm


New campers ages 8-16 will get the chance to see what GR!R is all about! They'll try out different instruments, learn how to write a song, & attend cool workshops.

  • July 12 – July 16, or July 19 – July 23
    9am - 12pm (ages 8-11) or 1pm – 4pm (ages 12 – 16)

Band Factory

Experienced campers ages 10-16 will form a band, write a song, record a demo, & make a music video. Of course, they'll also attend workshops throughout the week.

  • July 26 – July 30
    9am – 12pm (ages 10 – 11), or
    1 – 4 pm (ages 13 – 14)
  • August 2 – August 6
    9am – 12pm (ages 12 – 13), or
    1 – 4 pm (ages 14 – 16)
  • August 9 – August 13
    9am – 12pm (ages 12 – 13), or
    1 – 4 pm (ages 14 – 16)

How much does camp cost?

The camp "tuition" varies year to year depending on the results of our fundraising events. As an organization that is 100% donation-funded, we attempt to keep our recommended fee low and offer a sliding scale to our applicants. The 2021 recommended camp fee is $175 per attendee. With our sliding scale tuition, each family is able to determine how much they are able to contribute to our program. We do not want tuition costs to deter anyone from applying to camp.

What are your Covid-19 Safety Protocols?

GR!R will be following the CDC guidelines for Summer Camps: Campers, Staff and Volunteers will be required to wear face masks at all times, except for outdoor water and snack breaks. We will maintain 6 feet social distancing in the camp space, and campers will not share supplies with other campers. We will also be practicing hand hygiene regularly and conduct health screenings before the start of each session. More details around our COVID-19 procedures can be found in our Camper Application.

I’m not sure if my camper is a “beginner” or “experienced” at their instrument?

Please note, if your camper is able to play their instrument without guided lessons then they are welcome to sign up for the Band Factory weeks. If your camper is unsure of how to play their instrument, they should choose the Amplify weeks. All campers under the age of 8, only qualify for the jumpstart program.

What is the registration process?

To register for camp, you’ll fill out an online application. Applications are open from May 1st through May 31st.

Campers are selected by a committee seeking to establish a balanced and diverse camp population in relation to the instrument, age, previous musical experience, economic status, geography, and community. Campers are NOT selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, and applying for camp does not guarantee admission. Your family's ability to pay will not affect your child's chance of admission to camp. GR!R strives to make camp accessible and available to all but due to space and resource limitations, we cannot accept all applicants. Traditionally, some applicants may be placed on a waitlist and notified of acceptance when space becomes available.

GR!R's goal is to have the registration process as inclusive and as fair as possible. Many factors are considered in this process. Final notifications about acceptance will be given by June 5th.

Thank you for your interest in GR!R's camp programs! Registration for GR!R programs (Girls Rock Camp and Pride Rock Camp) typically opens in April. If you have any questions about camper registration, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Director at

Is the Mixtape just for girls?

Nope! Girls Rock! Rochester is open girls, LGBTQ+ Youth, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, size and/or ability.

Will my camper need to bring an instrument?

No, GR!R will provide any instrument that is needed, but if your camper prefers using their own instrument from home they are welcome to bring it.

Do campers only learn about Rock Music?

We are called “rock camp”, but we welcome campers interested in all musical genres. Campers are encouraged to explore different styles and genres and express themselves through music.

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Refund policy

Delivering the Camp experience requires Camp to incur numerous irreversible spending decisions many months before the summer begins. The Camp makes these irreversible spending decisions based on the number of Campers enrolled and in reliance on each Camper maintaining (i.e., not canceling) their enrollment and not leaving Camp early.

Moreover, holding a space for a Camper may result in turning away other Campers throughout the year. For these reasons, Parents acknowledge and agree to the following refund policy:

  1. If a cancellation occurs on or after the first day of July preceding the relevant Camp season, no refund will be given.
  2. If you must cancel, prior to June 30, we will attempt to fill your space from the waitlist. If the spot is filled, a service fee of $75 will be deducted from the refund amount.
  3. As set forth above, if the Camper is dismissed from Camp for a disciplinary reason, no refund will be given.
  4. If you need to cancel for COVID-19 related health reasons, you will be refunded in full.

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