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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Bands & Ensembles, Music

Mission: Girls Rock! Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, self-esteem and community awareness through music. Through our music education programs for girls ages 8-16, we are committed to educating girls about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship, because we believe that young girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We believe that music can be a crucial tool in allowing young women to respond to preconceived notions of what they can do and what they can become.

Target demographics: Girls, as well as transgender & gender nonconforming youth, from the Chicagoland area, age 8-16.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 150 girls & trans youth.

Geographic areas served: Chicago

Programs: Rock camp! Our week-long summer camp program is organized around motivating girls ages 8-16 through instrument instruction, music composition coaching, recording workshops, song-writing workshops, hands-on activities, technical equipment workshops, guest speakers, team-building activities and band performances. We seek to provide positive and supportive role models for campers though interaction and participation by volunteers who will share their experiences as women involved in some form of making music.

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GR!C is a fantastic community of folks working to empower girls & gender minority youth. I wish I had access to this kind of programming growing up! It's an encouraging environment, and an important space for local kids. I'm impressed by their commitment to making camp accessible regardless of income level by offering sliding scale tuition.


Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that truly helps these kids find themselves and a validating community. Great work for an amazing purpose.

Jeff J.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization for nearly a decade. I am continuously impressed by the outcomes achieved, by the dedication of the staff and volunteers, and by the connection to the community that this organization has created. Girls Rock! Chicago is doing good work and making a difference. We need more orgs like this in our communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Earlier this year, I participated in the annual Lets Rock! Camp and had a blast. This really allows you live camp instead of just hearing about it . Through this, I experienced the dedication and attention GR!C gives to the participants. I left so impressed that I joined the board.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In our lives there are indispensable opportunities that are treasured moments. Non-profit charitable giving is always a gesture of good-will that I welcome in my life. The significance of sharing my personal and professional expertise are limitless and irreplaceable vignettes.