future sounds summer camp 2020

The Willie Mae Future Sounds Summer Camp 2020 focus was to "reboot the zoom," adhering to the mission of Willie Mae and building community while encouraging critical thinking and collaboration.

At camp we emphasized how the blues expression of Big Mama Thornton can be channeled by honestly telling our stories and expressing our feelings through interdisciplinary expression. Check out what our campers created: 


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (WMRC) is a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers cisgender and trans girls, women and/or gender nonbinary youth and adults through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. 

Willie Mae Future Sounds Summer Camp is two weeks of girls, trans, or gender non conforming youth creating digital content virtually - from collaborative songwriting, to podcasting, to synths, to music production. This all supports our mission of youth creating the sounds of the future and letting themselves be heard, seen, and represented. The 2020 students (10-17 years old) met for three hours a day, Monday through Friday for two weeks. Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 31st.

Week 1:  The students participated in interactive workshops facilitated by luminaries in the field.  Each day ended with a live stream performance and Q&A with the pro. The camp had break out groups, check-ins, and reflection.


Workshops include

 - Collaborative songwriting 

 - Found sound instrument making

 - Radical podcasting

 - Film making

 - Deep listening & field recording 

 - Blues exploration & Afro-Futurism 

 - Sound wave shaping and beat making

 - Wellness in a world of disruptions

 - Art and Activism

 - Harnessing Social Media as a Medium for Change  

 - Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Ensemble


Week 2:  

The participants were divided into Family groups called "Fams".  Each Fam chose a current event or subject to create content about.  Individual Fam members had the freedom to choose how they contributed to the content presented by their Fam based on skills acquired in the workshops, and what they were interested in trying.


Each Fam had the opportunity to do a "social media takeover" of Willie Mae Rock Camp accounts, and present the content they created together in camp. 


  • Camp was online from Monday July 20th to Saturday August 1st. 

  • This was a two week summer camp from Monday through Friday for those two weeks with a showcase on the last Saturday.


Participants will be creating digital content, using social media, and video conferencing. Our goal is to provide the tools and support for youth to create their own social justice and musical media AND take over Willie Mae Rock Camp's social media platforms. #youthtakeover #futuresounds #buildingourfuture

By participating in this camp, you agree that the work created by the participant will be used within our organization on our website, social media platforms, and other materials. 

The participant's name, voice, likeness may also be a part of recorded materials since we will be using video conferencing for the camp. I understand that the participant's creative work and photo may be used in a wide variety of materials including newsletters, brochures, podcasts, radio and TV broadcasts, fundraising letters, annual reports, websites, social media, and other print and digital communications.