Reverb – the leading online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling music gear – has just announced their partnership with artists across the music industry to auction off music gear and memorabilia in support of the next generation of musicians. The Girls Rock Reverb Charity Auction will launch on Thursday, May 10, with all proceeds benefiting the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA)—a nonprofit that supports more than 100 programs across the globe, offering summer rock camps and related music education programming for female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth.
The GRCA was founded in 2007 at the initiative of Rock and Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon, and Popkollo in Sweden. As two of the first rock camps, both programs became a source of inspiration for similar initiatives around the world. In the spirit of creating a network for all of these initiatives, Rock and Roll Camp for Girls invited organizers from other girls’ rock camps in existence at the time to a conference in Portland. At that time, there were seven camps—the GRCA now works with more than 100 programs in 19 countries across six continents.
“My sister and I were very lucky to have inspiring resources at our fingertips and people championing us to find our passions very early in life,” said country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, “We need more perspectives of strong women living on through art and music, so I’m happy to support Girls Rock.”
Items in the charity auction will range from used music gear—such as a digital delay guitar pedal owned by Lady Gaga and used during the Joanne World Tour and several microphones from Paramore’s Hayley Williams—to merchandise, including a signed CD/DVD, T-shirt, and bandana from country legend Dolly Parton. Fans can bid on a pair of black Fergie Footwear Preston Mules autographed by Fergie, an overdrive pedal previously owned by Melissa Etheridge, or the Suzuki Omnichords that singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten used to write “Taking Chances,” “Break Me,” and several other songs from her 2014 album Are We There.
Additional items that will be available in the Girls Rock Reverb Charity Auction include:
Several autographed items from country singer Reba McEntire, including her autobiography, My Story, her Sing It Now album, and a t-shirt. A signed copy of Charli XCX’s Number 1 Angel LP on vinyl, as well as a signed cassette of the same album.
To Girls Rock campers, Kate Pierson says, “Let your own voice be heard! You can be inspired by other artists, but don’t be afraid to be different — find your musical path of heart, lyrically and vocally.”
A Yamaha Revstar electric guitar used and autographed by Laura Jane Grace, best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me! A pair of autographed wireless headphones and a signed guitar pedal from Tal Wilkenfeld — Australian singer, songwriter, bassist, and guitarist who has performed alongside Jeff Beck, Prince, Herbie Hancock, and more.
A Korg MicroSAMPLER keyboard owned by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. To the students learning to play music through Girls Rock camps, she says, ”There are no right or wrong ways to make music. If it sounds good to you, you’re doing it right. Trust your instincts.”Several guitar pedals from Evanescence, a MXR Super Badass Distortion guitar pedal and guitar strings from Ana Popovic, a signed copy of Marian Hill’s Act One LP on vinyl, a Way Huge Conquistador Fuzzstortion guitar pedal owned by guitarist Sarah Lipstate (Noveller), two guitar pedals owned by singer-songwriter and violin player Amanda Shires, a ukulele owned by Jillian Speece of The Bergamot, a Porchboard Micro Bass owned by singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson, and two guitar pedals owned by Laura Bennett.
One of the Harmonic Whirlies made by Sarah Hopkins and used by Imogen Heap on many of her songs and stages all over the world.
Lita Ford‘s advice for Girls Rock campers is to follow your heart, no matter what anyone tells you. “There are no rules in rock ‘n roll and no right or wrong, so pursue what you believe,” she says.
A microphone used on tour by Bonnie Tyler. A Boss BF-3 Flanger guitar pedal previously owned by Nancy Wilson of Heart. Two concert tickets, two meet-and-greet passes, and a “Pretty Good for a Girl” necklace from two-time Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair. A NoiseKICK FX Custom Overdrive with Feedback Mod owned by Sadie Dupuis—of Speedy Ortiz and the pop project Sad13. An autographed copy of country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless’ Real LP on vinyl.
“This was one of my first forays into distortion and it’s a good place for anyone to start,” Amy Ray said. “It inspired the beginnings of my punk rock leanings and brought on the writing for electric Indigo Girls as well as my first two solo records, Stag and Prom.”
The GRCA helps camps and organizations across the world stay connected, learn together, share experiences, and maintain a commitment to working in solidarity towards the shared goals of fighting the barriers that systemic oppression place on girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth,” said Savhanna Wilson, GRCA board member and organizer with Girls Rock Saskatoon in Canada. “The money raised in this auction will help us continue to support the work each organization does in their own communities and empower members across the globe.”
The Girls Rock Reverb Charity Auction will launch on Thursday, May 10, and end the evening of Wednesday, May 16. Note that Reverb.com is an online marketplace for buying and selling music gear and the site only hosts auctions on the rare occasion that the team deems items truly one-of-a-kind. To preview the items available in the Girls Rock Reverb Charity Auction, please visit: Reverb.com
Reverb.com is the online marketplace to buy and sell new, used, and vintage music gear. Since launching in 2013, Reverb has grown into the most popular music gear website in the world, with sales reaching nearly $400 million in 2017 and more than 10 million musicians and music lovers around the world visiting the website each month. In 2017, Reverb was ranked No. 18 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The same year, the company launched Reverb LP, an online marketplace for buying and selling records and other physical music.