Are you passionate about fostering the next generation of musicians? Become a mentor at the upcoming Spring session of our Rock Camp!

Our mentors are integral to providing a safe and dynamic environment for our campers and encouraging them to express their creativity while learning not to apologise for who they are. Scroll on for role description details and application forms. Applications due midnight Sunday 11 July. To apply, fill out a form here.

I want to apply to be a mentor! What kinds of things do I need to know?

This year, Rock Camp will run from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September, 9am-3pm, with a showcase on Saturday 25 September. All mentors will need to attend an orientation session on Sunday 19 September, 1-4pm.
Rock Camp is held at Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon

Each position has three essential requirements, plus other requirements and duties specific to the role. All staff and volunteer mentors must:

  • Have a current and valid ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration (or equivalent interstate registration) throughout the entirety of the program. This must be obtained by the applicant and provided prior to the beginning of the program. 
  • Hold views and values that align with those of Girls Rock! Canberra, in particular:
    • committed to inclusion and diversity; and,
    • committed to providing a safe space for people of marginalised gender identities in which they can experiment with music and their identities free from judgement.
  • Adhere to Girls Rock! Canberra and Ainslie Arts Centre’s COVIDsafe guidelines.

While we usually welcome applications from interstate, because of the impact of COVID and the uncertainty of border restrictions, we will be prioritising applications from Canberra and surrounding regions (ie. Braidwood, Yass, Goulburn).  Additionally, we have limited mentor roles this year – however, please get in touch if you’d like to help out with the organisation in other ways!

Exclusions
If you have been convicted of sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical harassment, assault, or any violent crime you will not be eligible to participate at Girls Rock! Canberra. Accusations of any serious crimes such as those mentioned above will be taken into account. 

Confidentiality
Girls Rock! Canberra will treat all applications with confidentiality and hold applicants’ information in a private online drive.

Recruitment Process
After you submit your application, we will shortlist the applications and contact you for a phone interview (this is just a 15 minute call!). We will confirm your role via email in early August.

Mentor Roles

To apply to be a mentor for our upcoming Rock Camp Spring Session, please read the detailed information below and fill in an online application form

Please note: As Girls Rock! Canberra is an organisation working to increase the participation of young people of marginalised gender identities in music, all mentor positions are open to people of marginalised gender identities. This includes women (trans and cis), gender-diverse folk and trans-men. We recognise that gender is self-identified, and that there is a variety of language people may use to best express their experience of gender.

Additionally, we do not offer mentorship positions to cisgender men – there are other ways you can get involved, including donating money, lending gear for the week, and helping promote the program through sharing on social media. Please and thank you!

Payment
While mentoring is a volunteer position, we recognise the energy, time and expertise of our mentors through paying an honorarium. All roles are paid an honorarium of $400 per role. 

Mentor Roles
Due to changing COVID restrictions we are running a smaller program this year, and will have fewer mentor roles available than in previous years. If you aren’t able to mentor this time, there are other ways you can be involved! See the application form for more details.

Band Coaches 
Band Coaches are assigned to one band for the duration of the week. Working with a Band Manager, you will attend each band practice and help the band members prepare for their live performance at the end of the week. As band coach, you will guide campers in all aspects of working in a band including setting up on stage, tuning, songwriting, stage presence, learning to play as a group and learning to listen to one another. 

Time commitment:
Camp Orientation: Sunday 19th September 1-4pm.
Band Practice: Monday 20 Sept -Thursday 23 Sept: 1pm – 3:30pm. Plus Friday 24 Sept: 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Showcase: Saturday 25 September, 12-3pm 

All mentors are welcome to stay for lunch and the daily lunchtime performance. Camp runs from 9am each day, with lunch at 12pm and lunchtime performance from a local band at 12.30pm.

Band Managers
Band Managers provide support, advice and endless encouragement for their band throughout the week, while promoting healthy band dynamics. Working next to the Band Coach, you’ll accompany your band as they attend workshops, move through songwriting and rehearsals, help them come up with a band name and logo, lead break time activities, and more. No musical experience is required but working with youth is a plus.

Time commitment:
Camp Orientation: Sunday 19th September 1-4pm.
Band Practice: Monday 20 Sept -Thursday 23 Sept: 1pm – 3:30pm. Plus Friday 24 Sept: 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Showcase: Saturday 25 September, 12-3pm 

All mentors are welcome to stay for lunch and the daily lunchtime performance. Camp runs from 9am each day, with lunch at 12pm and lunchtime performance from a local band at 12.30pm.

Instrument Instructors
As an Instrument Instructor, you will be proficient in the instrument you are teaching (guitar, bass, drums, vocals or electronic music), and you are flexible and able to cater to different skill levels. Some participants have been taking lessons for years, while some may have never picked up their chosen instrument before this week! As this year’s program is smaller than previous years, there will be one Instrument Instructor per class, however we will pair you with an Intern (16-18 year old former camper who is helping during the week) to assist in teaching the classes. You will need to produce a class plan for the week (we can help you with this!). This does not need to be overly formal – you’re just teaching enough for each participant to be able to write a song by the end of the week.

Time commitment:
Camp Orientation: Sunday 19th September 1pm – 4pm.
Instrument Instruction: Monday 20 Sept – Thursday 23 Sept: 10.30am – 12pm. Plus Friday 24 Sept: 1pm – 3:30pm.
Showcase: Saturday 25 September, 12pm – 3pm.

 All mentors are welcome to stay for lunch and the daily lunchtime performance. Camp runs from 9am each day, with lunch at 12pm and lunchtime performance from a local band at 12.30pm.

Applications close midnight Sunday 11 July 2021.

If you have any questions about the roles or applying, please get in touch! Email us at girlsrockcanberra@gmail.com