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.
Will there be in-person programming?
After conducting a full year of virtual programs, we know that we can rock out together online just as much as in person!
The best way to protect the health and safety of the RCRC community is to continue providing all of our programming in a virtual format. We’re excited to continue exploring 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?
Absolutely! Updated information on volunteering for our virtual programs will be available soon. We are always in need of teaching artists to lead workshops, teach instrument instruction, and facilitate band practice.
Is the RCRC office open to the public?
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!
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.
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!