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Empowering Girls, Nonbinary, and Trans Youth Through Music: Girls Rock Detroit

Announces 2024 Summer Camp

Detroit, MI - April 17, 2024 - Girls Rock Detroit, a nonprofit organization dedicated to

empowering girls, nonbinary, and trans through music education and mentorship, is

thrilled to announce its highly anticipated 2024 Summer Camp.

Scheduled to take place from July 29th to August 3rd, 2024 at Detroit Prep [8411

Sylvester St, Detroit], Girls Rock Detroit's summer camp is set to provide an immersive

and empowering experience for girls aged 8-17. The camp aims to foster confidence,

creativity, and collaboration through music education, instrument instruction,

workshops, and band rehearsals led by experienced musicians and mentors.

"Our mission at Girls Rock Detroit is to cultivate a supportive and inclusive community

where youth can discover their voices, express themselves through music, and build

lifelong skills," said Maggie Cocco, Board Chair at Girls Rock Detroit. "Our summer camp

is designed to inspire confidence, creativity, and camaraderie among youth of all

backgrounds, empowering them to amplify their voices both on and off the stage."

Throughout the week-long camp, participants will have the opportunity to learn and

experiment with various instruments and/or digital audio workstations, including vocals,

guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and Djing. In addition to music instruction, the camp will

feature workshops on songwriting, self expression, and stage presence, providing a

holistic and enriching experience for all attendees.

Girls Rock Detroit's summer camp culminates in a showcase event where campers will

have the chance to perform live in front of family, friends, and supporters, celebrating

their accomplishments and burgeoning musical talents.

Registration for the 2024 Girls Rock Detroit Summer Camp is now open, with limited

spaces available. To learn more about the camp, including registration details and

scholarship opportunities, visit or contact

Join Girls Rock Detroit as a volunteer, instrument instructor, band coach, workshop

leader, and more this summer and enable the next generation of empowered musicians!

Sponsors for student tuition, instrument repair, lunches, and more, please inquire with

Elyse at

Media Contact:

Stacey Hale

Co-Camp Director

Girls Rock Detroit

(248) 310 9902


December 18th, 2023

Music Mavens of Michigan Unite: Concert Fundraiser Supporting Girls Rock Detroit


Detroit, Michigan – December 22nd, 2023 – Detroit's top femme singer-songwriters will take the stage at Tin Roof Detroit (47 E Adams Ave St) for a spectacular concert fundraiser benefiting local nonprofit Girls Rock Detroit.

A Stellar Lineup: Audra Kubat, Julianne Ankley, Carolyn Striho, Maggie Cocco, Coko Buttafli, Fay Burns, Gwenyth Hayes, Julia Rose, Jacki Daniels, and more to be announced!

With 45+ awards between them and performance credits with esteemed artists Patti Smith, Joe Cocker, Aimee Mann, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, and Jim Croche, this promises to be an unforgettable night of music.

For a Noble Cause: Girls Rock Detroit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to fostering creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness for girls, gender expansive, and transgender youth through music education, arts activism, and performance. The organization offers free and subsidized programming, including Girls Rock Summer Camp, workshops, and more.

Bonus Jam Session!: Attendees are cordially invited to join the Music Mavens for a jam session afer the show! If you have never seen musicians improvise with friends, stick around!

Jacki Daniels of The Jacki Daniels Show expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The Detroit music network is an absolutely amazing and eclectic mix of talent. I’m honored to be contributing and connected to this explosive movement of music and love!”

Ticket Sales and Donations:

Tickets for Music Mavens Unite are available for purchase at Eventbrite. Tickets for the event are Pay What You Can, with a recommended donation of $20. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will directly benefit Girls Rock Detroit to further their impactful programs and initiatives.

Doors at 6pm; performances at 6:30.

Follow Girls Rock Detroit on social media for exciting artist announcements and more.


June 21, 2023

We are pleased to announce the second annual

Sheometry Music & Arts Festival which will take place Saturday, July 15, 2023, at

SpotLite Detroit, located at 2905 Beaufait St. Detroit MI 48207. The event will run

from 2pm. to 2am. The event is all ages/family friendly until 8pm Ten-dollar Early

bird tickets are currently available at and tickets will be available for

$20 at the door.

Sheometry is focused around bringing attention to underserved areas of the city.

Headlining artists include: Housecats feat. DAJAE (Chicago Live), John Collins UR &

Soul of Detroit, along with Erno & Eastside John (Slow Jams). There will also be

special live performances from Frankie P and Ideeyah with a slew of heavy hitting

supporting talent that will be sure to keep your feet moving all night! In addition to

female-centric music and arts, the festival will feature a wide array of food, jewelry,

clothing vendors and grassroots organizations. This year’s event is sponsored by

1xRun , Girls Rock Detroit, Techno Club Net, Deep Space Radio, Blast Radio, and

Spotlite Detroit.

“I’ve always wanted to give a voice to those that deserve it, and with the creation of

Sheometry, I feel that I have been able to do just that,” says Stacey Hale, creator of

Sheometry Music & Arts Festival, “Sheometry was always about creating a platform

for underserved and underrepresented populations – especially women – to express

themselves, and to be able to bring that intention and opportunity back to Detroit,

for the second time, feels like a dream come true.”

Sheometry Music & Arts Festival is a grassroots organization that will transform

Spotlite Detroit’s East side district, into a festive, one-day public event. Our mission

is to incorporate multiple disciplines of art and music to paint an enriching story of

diversity in our city and beyond. If you are looking to support our cause or find out

more, additional information about our festival as well as sponsorship opportunities

can be found at


August 31, 2022

VoyageMichigan Magazine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Girls Rock Detroit. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Girls Rock Detroit is a local community organization dedicated to fostering creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness for girls, women, gender expansive, and transgender people through music education and performance. By encouraging creativity, confidence, and collaboration in a supportive environment, we strive to empower people to shape the narratives of their lives and to become engaged members of our communities. We believe it is crucial that all people have access to the benefits of music and education regardless of socio-economic background, religion, race, gender identity, sexuality, or ethnicity. 

Girls Rock Detroit is an active member of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance from which its mission is derived. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 2016, it was founded in 2014 by Rosalind Hartigan, Melissa Coppola, and Willa Adamo, who met while volunteering at Girls Rock! Chicago. Since its inception, Girls Rock Detroit has served over 200 youth in our summer rock camp program, as many adults in various in-person and digital adult programs, and built a community of 150+ volunteers. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?

There have been many challenges. As our mission requires a radically progressive approach to organizing, there has been a lot of trial and error in our efforts. Being on the cutting edge of education and inclusivity is an ongoing process, and we are forever learning how to do it better. As an almost entirely volunteer-run organization, we run on passion which must be balanced with bandwidth. Camp didn’t run for two years over COVID until we accumulated volunteers with a vision for a hybrid future and developed digital programming which we’re continuing to expand as our in-person programs return. As a collective, we’ve a growth mindset which allows us to meet each challenge as an opportunity for growth. Other challenges we face include constantly raising funds to keep our programs on a sliding scale and/or Pay What You Can, as well as finding spaces in the city to hold camp until we find a permanent home. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?

We’re a community of musicians and music activists who know the good that music as a medium can do for individuals and causes. We organize to make music accessible, especially to those who most benefit and who otherwise might not have access. We don’t have all the answers, but we openly confront the problems of our generations and seek to lessen the burden on generations to come. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?

Detroit is proudly a music mecca in that we’ve produced some of the world’s most beloved musicians and genres. The same can be said for many arts, particularly as they intersect with activism. At the same time, infrastructure and cultural capital for community music and activism is severely lacking. Detroiters are known for our arts and activism the world over. Part of our mission at Girls Rock Detroit is to welcome that brilliance to stay and work in the city that inspires it. 

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May 2nd, 2022


●  Girls Rock Detroit Youth Summer Camp returns to Iroquois Avenue Luthern Church in Detroit July 25th-29th, August 1st-5th

●  Campers ages 8-16 can register at

●  GRD is searching for staff and volunteers for the two camps.


A popular youth summer camp is back up and running after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19. Since 2014, Girls Rock Detroit has been a safe space for girls, women, gender expansive, and transgender people to develop creativity, self esteem, and community through music education and performance.


When in-person programming halted in 2020, Girls Rock Detroit shifted gears to serve the community with new digital programming in collaboration with Maggie Cocco Music, LLC. This year, Girls Rock Detroit will transition to a hybrid future, featuring both digital programming and in-person programs, starting with the annual youth summer camp.

Summer youth camp will return to the Detroit Institute of Music Education for two sessions: July 25th - 29th and August 1st - August 5th. Applications are open, and spaces are limited.

“The community of Girls Rock Detroit is excited to come together and put on our signature event,“ said DeAnna Johnson, programming director for this summer’s camp.


Visit to enroll a camper or volunteer.

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May 2nd, 2022

●  GRD and GRR are empowering girls, women, and LGBTQ+ folk through music and education

●  Upcoming workshop series featuring music industry professionals aims to bolster underrepresented communities

●  Pay What You Can workshops will teach music business basics to aspiring local musicians


Since the pandemic, forward thinking organizations are fostering connections with distant places in digital spaces for the benefit of local communities. Girls Rock Detroit and Girls Rock! Rochester are two such organizations, combining resources to serve their shared mission of empowering girls, women, and LGBTQ+ folk through music and education. In partnering with Guitar Gabby and the TxLips Band LLC, the three organizations together aim to bolster communities that are underrepresented in the music industry by providing Pay What You Can Music Business workshops. Six workshops led by women and gender diverse industry professionals will teach music business basics to aspiring musicians. Workshops are open to teens and adults, and proceeds benefit Girls Rock Detroit and Girls Rock! Rochester’s annual summer youth camps. Visit to register.

About Girls Rock Detroit

Girls Rock Detroit is a community organization dedicated to fostering creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness for girls, women, gender expansive, and transgender people through music education and performance. By encouraging creativity, confidence, and collaboration in a supportive environment, we strive to empower young people to challenge preconceived notions of what they can do, become, and to be engaged members of our communities. We believe it is crucial that all young people have access to equipment and instruction regardless of their socio-economic background, religion, race, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

About Girls Rock! Rochester

Girls Rock! Rochester is a 501.C nonprofit organization dedicated to using music as a vehicle for personal growth and positive change for girls, women and the LGBTQ+ Community.
GR!R is committed to providing a safe, educational, and inspiring environment for children to grow their confidence, embrace their authenticity, and to be provided the necessary resources in order for them to creatively thrive, channel, and artistically express.

About Guitar Gabby & The TxLips Band, LLC


Guitar Gabby & The TxLips Band, LLC. is a global entity that triples as a self-management firm, a consulting group, and an international touring rock collective called The TxLips Gang. We are a group of professional women and gender non-conforming folk that challenge the equality of powers in every industry.Our Mission is to inspire diverse rockstars worldwide to challenge the boundaries set in various industries. We do this by providing direct access to music, business, and legal education to marginalized groups.

We Need Your Support Today!

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