GIRLSCHOOL is a Los Angeles-based women-led music festival, online platform, and collective that celebrates and connects women-identified artists, leaders, and voices. Originally founded by Anna Bulbrook (the Bulls | the Airborne Toxic Event | Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) in response to how few women she saw onstage in the alternative rock world, GIRLSCHOOL has grown into a vibrant volunteer network of women in music who connect to create an empowering community for one another while supporting women and girls. A portion of the proceeds from every GIRLSCHOOL event benefits a girl-positive organization.
Following our inaugural three-day music festival in Los Angeles in January 2016, GIRLSCHOOL has embarked on content partnerships with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Nasty Gal, and Lyft, and on collaborations with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Ilse Valfré, Society6, Red Bull Sound Select, and Fender Guitars.
GIRLSCHOOL 2017’s lineup includes Chelsea Wolfe, The Bird and the Bee, Francisca Valenzuela (acoustic), Deap Vally, The Regrettes, Rituals of Mine, Summer Twins, Vox, Luna Shadows, KONA, Boyfriend, Pearl Charles, The Wild Reeds, Winter, Liphemra, Trace, Caroline Smith, Kid Wave, Starcrawler, Soto Voce, and DJ sets from Tamaryn, Mereki's Club House, Bleached, Honey Power, Val Fleury, Linafornia, and Play Like A Girl.
The festival also includes two afternoons of talks, workshops, and panel discussions led by: Ruidosa, SoundGirls.org, Music for Pictures (Alicen Schneider, NBCUniversal), Own Your Own Voice (Kiran Gandhi), Women in Media (Andrea Domanick, Noisey), Women in Music (Jasmine Lywen-Dill, GIRLSCHOOL Co-Founder/WBR), Queer & Trans* Women Discussion on Sexualization and Media (Dannielle Owens-Reid), Radical Aliveness (Jennifer Huang), Ableton Controllerism (Laura "Alluxe" Escudé), Intersectional Feminism in Music (Mukta Mohan, MTV/KXLU), and Rock'n'Roll Camp for Girls LA. This year, GIRLSCHOOL is collaborating with Ilse Valfré, Society6, production designer Kerstin Hovland, and two-time James Beard Award-winner and Food Editor of Los Angeles Magazine, Lesley Suter. Presenters include KROQ, Bedrock LA, Nasty Gal, Sid the Cat Presents, Univision, and Culture Collide.
Proceeds for GIRLSCHOOL 2017 will benefit Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls LA, a 501c3 social justice organization that uses loud music to nurture self-esteem and self-expression in young girls.
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