Just wanted to let everyone know that RC4GA attended the 2011 Girls Rock Camp Alliance (that would be GRCA) conference and meeting this past weekend in Washington, DC. We picked up some super new ideas and you can look forward to meeting a LOT of new folks from other parts of the country this summer hopefully! There are more than a few people out there that are really excited about what we're trying to do in West Virginia.
Speaking of people being excited... guess what? The Mockingbird Foundation elected to award us a grant!!! We applied way back in November and just found out this afternoon! This is a foundation set up by the fans of Phish (the band) that specifically concentrates on funding of non-traditional, participatory music programs for underserved populations. Guess what? That's us. They only gave out 6 this year and generally fund less than 2% of applicants. How COOL is that? We're the first to receive one from the state of West Virginia!
Also, because I have received a barage of emails about participants and volunteer applications in the last few days (seriously guys, what is it about waiting for the last minute that really does get people going?), the deadline for applications has been extended until April 15th. So come on, get yours in already! Email email@example.com if you'd like one sent to you electronically!
And, last but NOT least... next weekend is a super fun FUNDRAISING weekend-arama for us! April 8th we are doing our usual monthly food fundraiser at the Rock Lake Community Life Center's Friday Night Shindig event, so come on out and make some awesome music, do some art, have some fun with bubbles, etc. And then the VERY NEXT DAY we are having our first benefit show of the year! The Unitarian Church in Charleston has allowed us use of their space for the evening, so come on over around 6 and listen to some fun musicians! Suggested donation is 7 dollars at the door.
That's about it for now!