GIRLS WHO ROCK, the second annual concert for educational non-profit She’s the First, will shake up Internet Week New York at Gramercy Theatre on Friday, June 10, determined to fund a year of education for 42 girls at Uganda‟s Arlington Academy of Hope. Tickets are now available, starting at $35, and online donations are accepted via http://girlswhorock.org.
Performances are confirmed by platinum-recording artist JoJo, releasing her new album Jumping Trains on Blackground/Interscope Records (she was the youngest solo artist to score a No. 1 single in the U.S.); Nina Sky, the R&B twin duo of Natalie and Nicole Albino who hit Billboard charts with their hit “Move Ya Body”; Nikki Jean, releasing her debut album Pennies in a Jar on S-Curve Records in July; Eddy, the first to produce a music video on the iPad2; KimberlyNichole, featured in Vogue; along with DJ Kiss, emcee Touré, host of Fuse TV and Rolling Stone music journalist, with special appearance by Data, robotic standup actor and comedian, presented by TED fellow Heather Knight.
Distinguished as an all-volunteer event, running on the passion of a team younger than 30, and by the generosity of artists donating their time and talent, GIRLS WHO ROCK aims to raise at least $20,000 in this one night and in an online fundraising campaign at http://girlswhorock.causevox.com.
“We’re thrilled to see GIRLS WHO ROCK return to Internet Week New York after successfully launching at last year’s festival,” said David-Michel Davies, Chairman of Internet Week New York. “GIRLS WHO ROCK is an excellent example of how musicians and techies can come together for an important cause.”
GIRLS WHO ROCK demonstrates in real time how the Internet is used to create social impact using social media. When the concert ends, shesthefirst.org, the non-profit platform, begins a yearlong digital storytelling project, giving students in Uganda a space to express themselves to sponsors, receive moral support, and build a cross-cultural dialogue.
An innovative new spin on the concert is the pilot of a student volunteer program, GIRLS WHO ROCK Gives Back. The initiative brings high school and college students deep into the concert creation process. “Our goal is to inspire new ideas for collaborating in technology, entertainment, and design,” said concert co-founder Cynthia Hellen.
Arlington Academy of Hope is the partner school of She‟s the First in Uganda, a country where less than 20% of girls graduate from high school. On CauseVox, donors from the blogosphere and Twitterverse are asked to give $11 in honor of a graduate they know this year, joining GIRLS WHO ROCK’s Class of 2011 Campaign, so that these girls in Uganda will be able to reach the same milestone. 100% of ticket profits and online donations go straight to the cause.
Feature partners and in-kind donors include UStream, Live Nation, Differences Magazine, Jet Blue, popchips, and Fender Musical Instruments. Follow breaking updates on GIRLS WHO ROCK‟s Facebook page and the @GirlsWhoRockNY Twitter handle.