Southern Girls Rock Camp Students Shred at Third Man Records

Volunteer Band and campers at Third Man Records for Southern Girls Rock Camp's 2018 showcase

I still think of Youth Empowerment through the Arts and Humanities, better known as YEAH!, as a cool new thing. But the nonprofit has been around for well over a decade, and its flagship program Southern Girls Rock Camp came several years before that. Its inaugural run was in 2003, a full voting-age lifetime ago.

Maybe the newness has worn off, but YEAH! is still very, very cool. In no small part, that’s thanks to executive director Sarah Bandy. With help from an incredibly dedicated and resourceful staff and loads of volunteers over the past several years, she helped the organization strengthen and expand its offerings.

Before the pandemic hit, Southern Girls Rock Camp and its coed equivalent Tennessee Teens Rock Camp had become staples of summer in both Nashville and their original home base of Murfreesboro, offering nearly a generation of kids opportunities to see how meaningful and moving their artistic expression is — it's something that matters. Ladies Rock Camp, a program for adults, had become a routine happening as well. A suite of online programs was developed for 2020, but uncertain conditions led to programming staying on pause this year.

In June, Bandy announced that she’d step down from her role at the end of August. Now the nonprofit has announced that the search for a new executive director has begun in earnest. Per the official job description on the Center for Nonprofit Management website, the new hire will be a full-time employee responsible for overseeing a huge variety of functions from applying for grants to managing the bookkeeping software; to steering the vision for the org’s entire suite of programming to making sure that venues are booked for the showcase concerts.

Read over that description carefully and share it far and wide, and email with questions.

“The pandemic’s profound impact on the programming we do best — getting kids together in a room, putting instruments in their hands and inviting the collaborative expression that follows — has been a challenge,” reads an email note accompanying the job posting. “Without the camps, our organization has used 2021 as an opportunity to review our mission and solidify the foundation of our work. We are happy to say that we are more financially sound than we have ever been, thanks in part to the incredible community support we’ve seen over the past 18 months. Building on this year’s behind-the-scenes work, new YEAH! leadership will be empowered to hit the ground running. We can’t wait.”

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