Applications are open May 1st through July 22nd and are considered on a rolling basis.

2024 Camp Dates: August 19th-23rd | approx. 9AM-4PM
2024 Camp Location: Museum of Pop Culture | 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
2024 Showcase: Friday, August 23rd at 3PM in Sound & Vision Theater in MoPOP

Rain City Rock Camp’s Advanced Music Program (AMP) is a week-long intensive workshop produced in collaboration with the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) for youth of marginalized genders ages 14 to 19 with prior music experience. AMP’s youth-centered, empowerment-oriented approach to musical development incorporates mentor-guided song writing, band participation and experiential learning.

Campers participate in empowerment workshops, off-site trips to studios and venues, and more! At the end of the week, participants get to record their original song with their band with a professional engineer and perform for a crowd of adoring fans.
Who May Apply to AMP?

Youth of marginalized genders ages 14 to 19 with prior music experience in guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboard/piano may apply. You don’t have to live in Seattle or Washington State to be eligible. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or gender expansive individuals are strongly encouraged to sign up!

How Much Does AMP cost?

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard. That’s why our tuition is on a sliding scale from $0 to $500. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over $500 is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world!

What Happens After I Apply for AMP?

You’ll hear back from us as soon as we process your application. If you don’t initially get a spot in AMP, don’t worry. You’ll be immediately put on the waiting list and will hear from us if any spots become available. We’ll do our best to get you in!

What is the Express Yourself Piece (EYP)?

The Express Yourself Piece (EYP) component of the youth camp application is a way for us to get to know the campers better! We want each camper to express who they are and what the theme of the year means to them. For 2024, we’ll be asking applicants to express who they are and what the camp theme Turn Up & Tune In means to them. Here are some thoughts on the theme to get you started:

  • Describe a time when you spoke up about an issue you care about or stood up for someone else.
  • What does it mean to you to think critically?
  • How do you know when it’s time for you to listen versus when it’s time for you to speak up?

In the Express Yourself Piece section of the application, campers will have the opportunity to submit a written response as their EYP.

Campers may also choose to use a different creative method to express themselves and what the theme means to them. The EYP can be in any format the camper chooses—video, song, drawing, digital art, poem, dance, collage, comic, skit, etc. We do ask that you submit your EYP in either PDF, MP4, MP3 or WAV format. If your camper opts to forgo the written response in the application to create a different type of EYP, please mail the EYP to 117 E Louisa St #445, Seattle, WA 98102 or email it to within two weeks of submitting your application. We are so excited to see what you come up with and may even feature your EYP on the RCRC Instagram page! 

If you submitted an EYP this year as part of a Summer Camp application, that is sufficient for AMP as well.