... is a remotely-recorded album written and produced by teenaged participants about life in 2020.
... is a FREE four-part virtual album release event celebrating their inspiring creative work. (Donors and attendees also will get to hear the album before it's publicly released next year!)
... is a fundraiser to support future equitable and accessible programming for girls in Nashville (and co-ed youth everywhere, through our new online classes. New programs begin Spring Semester, January 2021).
Letter from our co-founders
It's no secret that 2020 has been a chaotic, uncertain, and often sorrowful year.
I spend a fair amount of my work time writing grant applications and proposals extolling the virtues and accomplishments of Girls Write Nashville in the face of COVID-19. I'll share them with you too:
In late March, we hustled to move all our current programming into a virtual learning format and saw an increase in enrollment due to our unique success in this difficult transition. Then in May, we offered free online songwriting classes for K-12 students throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools serving an additional 100 students with high quality programming. Students widely reported the postive impact of our virtual programs: 95% said that our community and creativivity-based virtual programming had a positive impact on their mental health in quarantine.
Notably, you find yourself on this page because our flagship All-City Mentorship program, unable to head into the recording studio as planned, wrote and remotely-recorded a remarkable album entitled Sing Through the Quarantine. The songs are all about life in 2020 and the entire album was recorded remotely on iPhone built-in mics and school-issued laptops using the free platform Bandlab for Education.
The resulting album of music is so astoundingly joyful in its honest and tender representation of this moment in time. It is sad, depressed, rageful, reassuring. It is so alive and truthful in this moment, and I can honestly say that all of these young women are young artists worthy of the world's deepest admiration and respect for making it.
I'm so excited to share it with you during a four-part Sing Through the Quarantine digital album release event this fall and sincerely hope you will register to join us and invite your friends and family as well, so that we can come together as a community to celebrate the oh-so-extremely cool and brave creative work our teen participants have accomplished during the most difficult of times. I'm deeply looking forward to us all coming together for a moment of joy, celebration, and light amidst a scary and uncertain year.
I'm also here to ask you to consider making a donation to our organization to help stabilize the uncertain future of our programming.
At Girls Write Nashville, we strive to create supportive and meaningful creative community for our participants, and I have seen firsthand how essential that community is to our participants, especially during these most difficult times.
I have sat in countless Zoom calls and classes with students saying that their creative work and their creative community in Girls Write Nashville is what is keeping them going, getting them out of bed, connecting them with their friends, and giving them an outlet.
In the midst of of all this chaos, we are still proudly providing programming to our students, because we know that doing so is more important now than ever.
For all the increase in demand for services however, our funding sources are becoming increasingly uncertain as city and state grant-making bodies face funding freezes and budget reallocations, foundations have to cancel important fundraisers, and corporate partners' businesses remain closed.
I know this is an uncertain time for you too, and wholeheartedly welcome everyone to register to join us for our album release event which is totally free.
But if you are able, we need the generous support of our community in order to be able to survive as an organization and continue to provide programming, as scheduled, for our program participants who depend on their community of friends and mentors in their Writers' Guilds.
Please consider making a donation within your means and peruse this page for a list of cool donor perks that we're excited to offer as a thank you for your support and generosity.
I know that we'll get through this difficult period together.
Now let's Sing Through the Quarantine!
Girls Write Nashville, co-founder
Girls Write Nashville, co-founder