What is Rain City Rock Camp doing to address the coronavirus situation?
Our staff and board is remaining diligent about the ongoing situation and the impact that it is having in particular on musicians, educators, young people and the working-class community. The safety of our participants is our number one priority, and you can trust us to make difficult decisions around program and event details if and when the time comes. We are committed to continuing to provide support, encouragement and connection through music. Our programs might look different than they have before, but they will still be the uplifting, empowering experiences you’ve come to expect from RCRC.
Are South Sound Rocks!, Summer Camp and AMP still on?
We have been carefully following the course of the COVID-19 outbreak hoping that we would still be able to hold our summer programs in person. But, after considering all of the information currently available, we have decided that the best way to protect the health and safety of the RCRC community is to switch Summer Camp, South Sound Rocks and our Advanced Music Program (AMP) to a virtual format. We are sad that we won’t get to see our amazing campers in person this year, but we’re also excited to explore new ways of gathering together online to support each other, express ourselves and make some music! We hope you’ll join us on this journey of discovery as either a camper or volunteer!
Should I still sign up for camp/volunteering/staff?
We are closely monitoring recommendations from the city and health department regarding public gatherings and will make informed decisions that prioritize our community’s health and safety. In the event an in-person camp is not possible, we’ll find other ways to bring our community together to learn from and empower each other! We understand you may feel hesitant, but your early enrollment allows us to plan a successful real-world or virtual event. Your sign-up is a vote of support for RCRC and our community!
5/3/20 UPDATE: All our spring and summer programming will be available in a virtual format. Stay tuned for updates on our volunteer needs. We appreciate your support now more than ever!
3/23/20 Update: Spring LRC has been cancelled—see details below. All summer camps are still on, and we look forward to receiving your applications in the coming weeks!
Will RCRC’s cancellation or tuition refund policies change?
We understand that our community is in a rapidly evolving situation and that folks are coping with challenges around childcare, work, travel and personal safety. Any cancellations related to COVID-19 will be refunded in full.
Is LRC still on?
With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve decided to go virtual with LRC this spring—Virtual Electric! Participate online—with or without an instrument—in sessions designed to help you exercise your voice, explore your potential, and become part of a music community. And, because we know everyone’s on screen-time overdrive right now, we’re sending participants a welcome kit of hands-on goodies that bring the fun and learning from the screen into the real world. LRC: Virtual Electric applications are open now. Priority placement will be given to folks who were already signed up for our in-person spring LRC.
I have an RCRC meeting scheduled. Should I still go?
All RCRC business meetings will be online until further notice. Board meetings, staff meetings and committee meetings are all moving to Zoom. We are connecting with involved community members to ensure access to this technology, particularly after the recent announcement of library closures. Our board and staff are keeping organizational viability front of mind during this time, as well as prioritizing the health, safety and financial stability of our employees. Our organization is healthy, and we will continue to fundraise and ask for support so that we can continue to operate and sustain our work for many years to come.
Will the ATV program continue?
Our ATV year-round program has transitioned to an online format. Our ATV advisors are connecting with participants and families to ensure access to the technology needed for this shift. We are also connecting with local educators to ensure that we follow online accessibility best practices for educational programs.
How can I get updates about program decisions related to COVID-19
As state, county and city authorities issue new recommendations, we’ll keep you informed via social media, our eNewsletter and our coronavirus response FAQs about how we plan to keep our community safe and thriving. Enrolled participants will be notified by email if there are any changes in plans for their event.
Should I still have band practice?
No. We know playing music can be a huge source of comfort in difficult times, but your health comes first! Try setting up a Zoom meeting so you can stay connected with your band members and maybe even do some remote practice!
Is the GRCA conference cancelled?
We are awaiting news from the Girls Rock Camp Alliance regarding the annual international conference, and we trust the decisions of our Rock Camp colleagues. We offer solidarity and support to other Rock Camps in this time, and we look forward to collaborating with them to problem solve and support each other in this difficult time.
Who should I tell if I have an idea or question about how RCRC is responding to the coronavirus?
Our Rock Camp community is strong, and our collective heartbeat is loud. Talk to us! If you are feeling alone, please reach out to your RCRC family. Call or connect with someone you met at camp. Tweet us or send us a song you’ve recorded at home. Tell us how we can support you in feeling less alone. This is the time for community care, and lucky for us, we’ve been practicing it for a long time. #OneHeartBeat
What can I do to help?
Thanks for wanting to pitch in! Making a donation is a great way to ensure we can keep our programming going strong—in-person or online—during this difficult time. It is likely we’ll need additional access to laptops or computers for participants in the near future, as well as audio interfaces such as M-Audios and Focusrite Scarlett’s. Check out our list of opportunities to support local musicians, teachers and artists as well! And finally, one of the most powerful things you can do right now is sign up! Apply for camp, sign-up to volunteer, find out about becoming an instructor. Your sign-up is a vote of support for RCRC and our community!