Every year, talented and eager girls are unable to attend music/sound camps due to financial hardship. Many are fosters, orphans, refugees, immigrants, and other teens who need a safe, inclusive environment to heal from the stress (sometimes trauma) they've experienced. In addition, girls who want to work in the music industry face more rejection, sexism, and stereotypes than their male counterparts. Many give up or are written off before they have a chance to prove themselves.
Aside from the emotionally therapeutic benefits, teens who attend music/sound camps walk away with transformational experiences that: * Crush "Imposter Syndrome" by increasing self confidence * Teach girls to advocate for themselves before entering the professional world * Get hands-on exposure to innovation, technology, and the power of teamwork. Combined, this creates a strong network of like-minded young women who can achieve merit-based success and help end gender disparity in music.
There is a positive chain of events that will produce long-term impact: * Girls receive the emotional and practical benefits mentioned above * Grass roots organizations can continue to host camps as these grants lower their cost-per-camper and increase enrollment * More women gain experience in the music industry, which leads to more jobs in leadership roles, which reduces sexism, sexual harassment, and stereotyping. * More woman will achieve success and pay it forward to the next generation.
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