87 Irving Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

WMRC, "Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls", "Willie Mae Music Lab"

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

The organization brings together girls and women from diverse communities and encourages them to explore self-expression through music, hone their critical thinking skills, build meaningful alliances with other girls and women, develop confidence in making healthy choices in their lives, and effect positive change in their communities and in the world.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls operates a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City.

Willie Mae Music Lab is a year-round community music and mentoring center in the Clinton Hill/Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Music Lab provides a range of affordable programs and services for girls and women on-site and in students’ homes.

Instrument Classes

Weekly after school classes for girls aged 8 – 18 in drums, electric guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, and vocals. Semi-private groups organized by skill level and age.Information about 2012 – 2013 classes will be posted mid-year.


The Ensemble after school program gives girls aged 8-13 the opportunity to play together in a band with guidance from band coaches. The Ensemble program is by application. Priority is given to current Willie Mae Music Lab students and former campers.Information about 2012 – 2013 classes will be posted mid-year.


Band-in-a-Box is perfect for a group of friends who want to form a band and rehearse at home. WMRC provides weekly, in-home band-coaching by an experienced, supportive teacher who helps with everything from how to set up a drum kit to how to write a song. Bands can work together for as short as six weeks or as long as a full school year, and have the choice of doing an in-home “showcase concert,” performing at a WMRC recital, or both (schedules permitting). Packages start at $175/session, with customized gear loan packages available for an additional fee.

Gear Loan

The Gear Loan program allows members of the rock camp community to rent, at nominal or no cost, music gear to use during the school year. This initiative provides access to musical instruments to girls and women who might otherwise not have instrument for practice, composition, and performance.

Lessons/Teacher Referrals

Willie Mae Music Lab provides practice space for private lessons and provides referrals to independent music teachers.

Resident Bands

Each year, bands and projects led by female/trans/gender-queer musicians are selected to receive subsidized monthly practice space.

For more information on any of the above programs, please email info@williemaerockcamp.org




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