Adult Rock Camp (ARC) is a weekend day camp in Providence, RI that provides an opportunity for women, trans, and non-binary individuals 18+ to let loose for a long weekend and play music together. Adult Rock Camp was formerly called “Ladies Rock Camp”, but the name was changed to better reflect its participants. It is an intensive, three-day music and mentoring program for women, trans, and non-binary adults. The “grown-up” version of the summer camp for youth, the program brings together folks from different walks of life and all levels of musical experience for a long weekend of instrument lessons, songwriting, band practice, and workshops, all culminating in a showcase concert at a professional music venue. NO PRIOR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!! 


Next Adult Rock Camp is happening March 13th-15th, 2020 and registration is open NOW! Capacity is limited to the first 30 participants. Flexible payment plans are available and a limited number of need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis for those who qualify.


Participants choose one instrument to focus on for the weekend–drums, bass, guitar, vocals, or keyboards. All instruction happens in small group lessons and is led by experienced and enthusiastic women, trans, or gender non-conforming musicians.


On the first day, everyone forms bands in a way that is fun, not scary. The bands have band practice every day. During band practice, band members work together to write a song, and practice playing as an ensemble. Band coaches help bands with the writing process, facilitate the rehearsals, and answer questions as necessary.


Throughout the weekend, workshops are held on a variety of topics, from Screenprinting/Making Band Art to Songwriting (it’s not as hard as you might think)! Other topics may include: History of Women Who Rock; Relational Aggression (Women’s Hostility Towards Women), Yoga, or Kickboxing. The camp day is also interspersed with fun stuff, from warm-up games to making buttons with your band name.


Each day, one to two visiting artist/bands play a live set, then they stick around to take questions from the group. Past performers have included national acts like Mary Lou Lord, prominent local musicians such as Roz and the Ricecakes, alumni bands from previous camps, and talented camp volunteers.


At the end of the camp week, camper bands perform their original songs at a showcase concert for friends, family, and fans!


At Rock Camp, we know how to have a good time. The camp day is interspersed with fun stuff, from warm-up games to making buttons with your band name.

“I haven’t written or played music since high school, and after camp yesterday I went home and wrote songs until 3am.” – Ladies Rock Camper

“Loved every minute of it. Perfect introduction to drumming and playing as part of a band” – Ladies Rock Camper


Want to see what happens at Ladies Rock Camp? Check out these photos and videos from the Spring 2017 session:
Behind the scenes photos
-More behind the scenes photos by Jaime Lowe
-Showcase concert photos by Lydia Mackela
-Showcase videos by Julia Liu