ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For the eighth year, Girls Rock St. Pete culminates their July 17 - 21 “Power Week” – a transformative summer camp focused on self-care, fearless expression and building community – with a final concert open to the public on Saturday, July 22 at Jannus Live from 6 - 9 p.m.
With the goal of having 1,000 attend, the community is encouraged to show up for girls and gender-expansive youth at this energetic event. The annual concert will feature opening band ANARKITTY, eight camper bands premiering their new original songs, a special land acknowledgment, drag performance, and interactive stations including a not-so-silent auction, punk rock crafts, live screen printing, food and girl-powered merch.
Girls Rock St. Pete’s grassroots efforts are fueled by gracious individual and business sponsors, and passionate volunteers. While this year’s “Power Week” is no longer accepting camper applications, individual and business sponsors are needed for the Jannus Live concert to help meet fundraising goals supporting this and new, upcoming programs.
Concert sponsorship opportunities range from the “Kathleen Hanna” at $100 (for one VIP ticket to the Girls Rock concert with reserved seating, one drink, and your name in the official Girls Rock printed program) to “The Supremes” title sponsorship ($10,000 with advertising and social media benefits, an original song written for your business and performed live during the concert, 10 VIP tickets, an official guitar presented for display and signed by all campers, and more). Donations and sponsorships can be secured via https://girlsrockstpete.org
Between 8 - 14, girls’ confidence levels drop significantly and often stay low throughout
adulthood negatively impacting long-term professional success and mental health. As girls take risks and see the payoffs, they gain the courage to take more risks and become resilient.
“Girls Rock St. Pete empowers girls to take up space, use their voices and see each other as allies instead of competition,” said Executive Director Jesse Miller. “We serve girls and gender expansive youth ages 8 - 17, regardless of their ability to pay or play.”
“At Girls Rock we build self-worth through resilience and collective care,” said Founder Rachael Sibilia. “Our volunteer base is a passionate crew of people and many roles don’t require musical skills. The “Vibe Tribe” runs daily activities like the morning scream circle, social justice workshops and afternoon yoga. Men are welcome to volunteer in supportive roles as part of the “Dude Crew.”
New programming includes:
Ladies Rock Camp, Launching October 2023. In the style of “Power Week,” this weekend
course brings women and gender-expansive folx together to learn an instrument, form a band and write an original song in a fun and supportive environment. Instructors share a wealth of experience in performing, songwriting, recording, touring, and more, and can work with any level of musical experience.
Youth Open Mic Night. Youth-centric open mic night giving kids and young adults a safe and amplified platform to share their arts. This bi-monthly event encourages youth to step out of their comfort zone and shine with the support of their community. First date is scheduled for Sunday, August 27 from 3 - 6 p.m. at The Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Legends. Six-week intergenerational course empowering younger and adult learners (aged 14 and older) to continue their musical education in a supported environment with ongoing bands and performances – beginners are matched with more intermediate players. Legends are supported with practice space, GRSP’s instrument lending library, professional coaching and local gigs.
Anarkitty. GRSP’s showcase band features a rotating lineup of campers and graduates of
“Power Week' that collaborate year-round. The organization supports the band with practice space, their instrument lending library, and professional coaching as they play gigs around the Tampa Bay area spreading the GRSP’s mission.
About Girls Rock St. Pete
Founded in 2015, Girls Rock St. Pete (GRSP) is a local, grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit that
empowers women, girls, and gender expansive folk through fearless expression, artistic
experimentation and collaboration. The goal is to build confidence and leadership skills to
transform ourselves and our communities. GRSP is part of The Girls Rock Camp Alliance, a global movement of organizations working from different backgrounds and contexts toward an intersectional feminist future. For more information, to volunteer, or make a donation, visit girlsrockstpete.org or emailJesseGRSP@gmail.com.