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MAINZ powers Girls Rock Camp

This January, MAINZ is proud to again be hosting the New Zealand programme of the internationally successful Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa.

With a kaupapa, or principle, of creating a world which is more equal and inspiring, Girls Rock Camp equips young women with the tools to not only survive but lead in a male dominated music industry.

MAINZ audio engineering graduate Jana Whitta is one of the organisers of the week-long event. She says that the event has been well supported by people throughout the industry who want to see a change.

“There’s a whole lot of ingrained sexism across this industry. Girls Rock is all about turning that around, because there are some incredible girls out there about to embark on their musical careers. This is all about giving them the skills they need to shake things up in that environment,” she says.

Jana says that the support of MAINZ has enabled the organisers to focus their efforts on recruiting some outstanding mentors for the 40 teenagers who will attend.

“MAINZ is perfectly equipped to host such a massive event, with plenty of soundproof band rooms, and space for everyone to gather. Their generous support so early on meant that our biggest hurdle – where to hold this thing – was overcome, which is amazing.”

MAINZ Programme Leader Kingsley Melhuish says that tutors throughout the music school are excited about the possibilities Girls Rock provides.

“This is just the sort of initiative that New Zealand needs to bring much needed equality to its music industry. There is still a huge disparity of income and opportunities for anyone who is not male within the music industry. We’re excited to hear fresh sounds from an empowered new generation of musicians!” he says.


The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) comes under the umbrella of the Southern Institute of technology (SIT), and has campuses in Auckland Central and Christchurch.

On offer are introductory short courses, through to certificate, diploma and degree level qualifications. Subjects covered include music performance, DJ and electronic music production, live sound, audio engineering and event management.

About Girls Rock! Camp

Held 21-26 January 2019, Girls Rock! Camp is a week-long holiday programme for young women, where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change. Up to 40 campers between the ages of 12-17 years will form bands, learn instruments, attend workshops and write an original song.


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