Girls Rock Glasgow is an annual summer camp for girls ages 8-16 in the Scottish city of the same name, “a volunteer run, volunteer led grassroots DIY organisation. Our mission is to promote girls making music, art, change, kinship and space for themselves,” their site explains. During the program, girls get to learn instruments, form bands, make art, zines, and merch, and even play live gigs. Unfortunately, this year it was denied funding by Creative Scotland.
That’s where Chvrches comes in. The Scottish band have announced they’ll provide funding to save the rock school, after frontwoman Lauren Mayberry saw the institution needed help over Twitter.
“When we play at venues or festivals and things, you pretty much never see female crews or female session musicians,” Mayberry said in Pitchfork’s report. “This camp is really cool because it shows girls these are options for them. Those choices should start from the grassroots up.”
The funding will allow the camp to stay afloat and even expand their outreach.
“It was amazing that Chrvches stepped in with their very generous offer,” said Girls Rock Glasgow organizer Susan Bear to Newsbeat. “Their donation means we can offer more places than any years before and we’ll be able to buy more equipment.”
In other new Chvrches have announced a new song, “Miracle,” off of their forthcoming album Love Is Dead. Take a listen below.