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Girls Rock! Pōneke


8 - 13 July 2019

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Toi Pōneke Arts Centre is please to support Girls Rock Pōneke.

Girls Rock! is a week-long holiday programme where female, trans, and gender-non-conforming young people can build confidence and make great music. Girls Rock! Pōneke will take place 8-13 July 2019 at Massey University’s Wellington campus. It will be the third Girls Rock! Taking place in Aotearoa and the First ever Wellington Girls Rock!

Over the course of one week, up to 40 participants aged 12-17 will join bands, learn an instrument of their choice, write an original song, guided by female, trans and gender-non-conforming professional musicians, and perform to family and friends at an end of week showcase.  

Alongside collaborative learning, participants will take part in workshops and watch lunchtime performances by successful local musicians.

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The first Girls Rock! Camp was founded in Portland in 2001 as a summer day camp. Since then it has grown into an international community of youth-focused arts and social justice organisations. The kaupapa of Girls Rock! Aotearoa is to empower young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth by giving them practical skills and role models in a safe, supportive space. 

With women making up only 23.8% of songwriters who belong to APRA AMCOS in New Zealand* and only 10% of the total royalty pool paid to writers**, it’s still vital to support young women into music. 

Girls Rock! Pōneke will be run by a group of forward-thinking individuals with a wide range of music industry experience, dedicated to providing a space for creativity and equality in music to flourish.


Girls Rock! Aotearoa is supported by MAINZ, The New Zealand Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand, Auckland Council, Creative Communities, Massey University, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Wellington City Council and Spark.