Media Relations, pr writing

Release: Local nonprofit retains summer music programming despite the pandemic forcing a change in format

INDIANAPOLIS – A recent survey from Girls Rock! Indianapolis shows that the majority
of families are still interested in the organization’s annual summer camp, despite its
move to a virtual format.

The organization hit their goal of 100 camp sign-ups shortly before social distancing
protocols were put in place. GRI surveyed families to gauge interest in alternative
formats and a resounding 93 percent of respondents said they would not withdraw their
camp application. The camp is GRI’s largest annual program, wherein volunteers
provide a positive environment for youth ages 9-16 to develop as both musicians and as
individuals.

“As a mom myself, I feel for the caregivers out there struggling to find safe activities for
children during a summertime pandemic,” says Michele Marti, GRI’s President, “Our
mission and programming is more important than ever — I am proud to continue to
provide a safe, empowering space for these kids.”

GRI will use an online music education platform, Soundtrap, to provide daily workshops
and music lessons with the campers. It was chosen for its browser-based accessibility
and its closed-circuit format, providing a collaborative platform that only approved
campers and volunteers can use. Camp will be held July 13-25.

“My daughter loves this camp — it is the one thing she is most looking forward to this
summer,” said one caregiver in response to the survey.

For more information please visit girlsrockindy.org.

Visit GRI’s Flickr for photos. Additional images or interviews available upon request.

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Girls Rock! Indianapolis empowers youth and womxn, creating gender equity through mentoring and music education. GRI provides year-round programming via a summer camp, community workshops and events, which are open to female, transgender and non-binary youth. By providing a positive, supportive environment that offers music instruction as well as a variety of workshops and performances, the camp creates leadership opportunities, cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourages social change and the development of life skills. GRI is a proud member of the global Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

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