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To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau 2022

$2,195 donated
Given by 50 generous donors in around 5 months

To The Front Tāmaki Makaurau is a week-long music holiday programme to be held in January 2022


Girls Rock! Aotearoa has been helping young women, transgender, intersex and gender-non-conforming youth form bands, build instrument skills, and write original songs since 2018. We are proud to announce that our Tāmaki Makaurau program is back for 2022 with a new name: TO THE FRONT Tāmaki Makaurau.

The name change comes in order to better recognise and emphasise the diverse nature of the program. Girls Rock! organizer Ali Burns explains...

“Given the holiday program is neither just for girls or just about rock music we decided a rebrand was in order to ensure everyone involved felt absolutely welcome and comfortable.”

The TO THE FRONT name, having already successfully launched with 2021’s Pōneke program, gives a nod to the feminist punk Riot Grrrl movement of the 90’s, where the phrase was popularised by bands such as Bikini Kill as a way to decenter white, cis, male music audiences. Building on that legacy, we’re bringing women and gender minorities “to the front”.

TO THE FRONT Tāmaki Makaurau 2022 will be held between January 10th and 15th. Once again the programme will be hosted by our key sponsor, SAE Creative Media Institute Auckland, allowing us access to their state of the art recording studios and equipment.

What does the programme look like?

Participants aged 12 - 17 learn instruments, form bands, write original songs, and perform at a showcase, all guided by professional musicians in an inclusive environment. Alongside collaborative learning, participants will take part in workshops about DIY merch, mindfulness, and performance skills.

Why does To The Front exist?

Girls Rock! Aotearoa launched with the kaupapa of fostering inclusivity in our musical communities by starting at the grassroots; with our rangatahi.

A recent report released by Massey University researchers found that “more than two-thirds of women in the music community (70.1 per cent) reported experiencing bias, disadvantage or discrimination based on their gender – seven times the rate of men (10 per cent)”.

By creating an inclusive, fun, and supportive space for our young people, we’re helping to build a brighter future for music and musicians in Aotearoa.

About us

Girls Rock Aotearoa is a music holiday programme for young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui, queer and gender diverse youth aged 12-17, where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change.

Use of funds

Your donation will go toward crucial costs such as equipment hire and tutor fees, ensuring we get the best tutors and put on a high-quality program. Donations also give us the opportunity to offer free placements to participants from low-income families.

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CUCK on 24 Dec 2021
Taipua on 20 Dec 2021
Hannah on 18 Dec 2021
Brooke on 17 Dec 2021
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This campaign started on 7 Sep 2021 and ended on 31 Jan 2022.