Arg! provides the space and equipment for girls to explore and experiment with music through play, collaboration, writing, and recording. We believe equal access to creating music is essential to the growth of our community. The studio is located in St. Paul and open to girls ages 6-15 once a week at no cost to them. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for our first year of engagement.
Our Mission is to Amplify Girl’s Voices
By opening our doors to girls living in the Twin Cities with little-to-no experience creating music, we aim to bring voices into the world that otherwise may not be heard. Our reach is girls who do not have the means or access to instruments, practice space, and recording time. This project utilizes a hands-off approach, providing the space and tools, while letting the girls decide the rest.
A donation in any amount is deeply appreciated.
Your donation will directly support these group activities:
Instruments for every girl to take home
Designing band tees
Creating album covers
Pressing vinyl singles
Studio recording time
With your help, we are able to support youth in music at a grassroots level.
Donate this amount and you will receive:
$20: poster & pin
$40: tee, poster & pin
$60: 7” single, tee, poster & pin
$200: 7” box set, tee, poster & pin
$500: autographed 7" box set, tee, poster & pin
$1,000: VIP status at first performance, autographed 7" box set, tee, poster & pin
Lori Barbero, of Babes in Toyland, will produce each single that comes out of the studio. The practice space has been donated by a local supporter of music.
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Arg!is a collaborative project developed by musician Lori Barbero, multi-media artist Chris Larson and musician Corey Avery.
1. Our musicians voted on an official name. We are pleased to announce we are now Arg! which stands for Awesome Rocker Girls. We are in the midst of creating a logo, making buttons and a website so we can continue spreading the word and working toward obtaining the rest of our fundraising goal.
2. Chris and his studio assistants spent May and June constructing the studio practice space. Next came carpeting and painting followed by decking out the space in cool blue icicle lights.
3. Our first major purchase was four basses, four guitars, eight practice amps, and four practice drum pads. The girls were ecstatic to bring their instruments home for the first time. We're so grateful to Twin Town for working with us to provide such beautiful instruments for these new musicians.
4. The bands will meet every Sunday until late Fall. We've had two practices and seeing the girls work together and explore the space has been the most special part. The girls are reminded how to turn on the PA, adjust their mic levels, tune, etc, and then spend the majority of their 90-minute practice times in the space working things out on their own. Last week, the girls were encouraged to write lyrics and bring them to this Sunday's practice. They have started brainstorming band names and collectively going through that decision making process. Their love of music and noise in undeniable.
5. Thank you for being part of this music-making journey with us. Your donations have created what you see in the photos below. We look forward to updating you and getting buttons sent out to everyone as our first big thank-you of many.
Thanks to the amazing support of our friends, family, and community, we have broken $10,000 and are halfway toward our fundraising goal. Including the money we raised at our last two events, we are at a total of $11,781. We are all in awe! Thank you for donating!!
Last week, we met the first round of young women who will be participating in the program and are so excited to get things underway in April.
Currently, we are working on preparing the practice space, soundproofing, painting, and gathering more musical gear.
We are in need of women musicians who would like to volunteer their time in the practice space with the girls. If you or someone you know may be interested in this, send us an email and we will provide you with more detailed information.
We just can’t say thank you enough. The girls’ enthusiasm at our first meeting was effusive and utterly heart-warming and we look forward to sharing more with you as the project moves forward.
We just can't say thank you enough for all of your encouragement and love. As we near February 14th, we hope you continue to share our goal with your friends, coworkers, and family. Each donation brings us closer to helping our community and empowering young lives through music.
We are so grateful to Dead Media Records for hosting a benefit show on February 11th, 2018. All proceeds will go toward our fundraising goal and in lieu of monetary donations, we will be accepting any and all musical gear donations. We especially hope to receive guitars, basses, and practice amps so that each young woman has an instrument to take home.
If you are unable to attend Dead Media Records but would still like to donate any musical equipment, please email us at email@example.com and we will make arrangements to accept your donation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Our hearts are warm as the waves of support, facebook shares, and donations flow in. We are so grateful to be surrounded with community that is just as enthusiastic about this cause as we are.
It's important the momentum continues so we can reach our goal! This project would mean nothing without you, our supporters, and we encourage you to share this page with your friends and family.
We will begin purchasing instruments with our first round of donations in the next two weeks. We look forward to updating you on that process!
To our supporters who have already donated, sending big love your way. THANK YOU!