To further empower youth voices from all backgrounds through music education.


  1. To develop an appreciation and use of music as a tool to strengthen self and build community.
  2. To make the world a better place by listening and learning from youth voices.
  3. To further empower Middle Tennessee youth voices through music and a community culture that assists in their development and expression of self.
  4. To create a better place through listening and learning through music.


To creatively connect young people through music by providing an inclusive community and developing young peoples' leadership skills.


By adhering to these values, we aim to create a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young people, fostering a sense of unity, resilience, and joy through the universal language of music. Together, we strive to build a harmonious world where every youth can reach their full potential.

  1. Empowerment: We are dedicated to empowering youth through music education, providing them with the tools and knowledge to express themselves, cultivate their potential, and contribute positively to society.
  2. Inclusivity: We believe in the strength of diversity, embracing and celebrating the unique talents and perspectives of every young person in our community.
  3. Collaboration: We foster a collaborative environment, encouraging teamwork, mentorship, and the exchange of ideas among our youth members, instructors, and community partners.
  4. Access: We are committed to removing barriers to music education, ensuring that every young person, regardless of socioeconomic status, has equal access to high-quality musical instruction and resources.


YEAH! is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable youth arts organization in Nashville, Tennessee, founded to further empower young people ages 6-17 through music.

YEAH! prioritizes expanded diversity among its students, teachers, volunteers, staff, and its board. YEAH! reaches out to underrepresented populations, such as our non-English speaking, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, and Title 1 public school communities in Middle Tennessee. We encourage their participation in our organization and programs, making YEAH! reflective of the community’s strength.

YEAH! values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.

Our summer camp, weekend, and public school programs support social responsibility and self-esteem. Participants gain proficiency on an instrument of their choice (bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, ukulele, or vocals); work together as a band; songwrite and compose music; attend workshops and live performances; and showcase their work at the end of each program.

More broadly, participants take risks and create art representative of their similarities and uniqueness. Band collaborations develop entrepreneurial and life skills that lead to future success in all fields.

YEAH!’s lending library provides personal instruments, and our scholarship program removes financial barriers for applicants.


YEAH! traces its roots to 2003, when Middle Tennessee State University student Kelley Anderson organized the first Southern Girls Rock Camp – the world’s second females-only rock camp ever. It was a joint project of the Women for Women student organization and the June Anderson Women’s Center. Inspired by her experience volunteering at a girls’ rock camp in Portland, Oregon, Anderson envisioned a more egalitarian music community in Tennessee.

YEAH! was founded in 2006 by Anderson, Anna Fitzgerald, Courtney Vickers, Andrew Jacks, Ryan York, and Nicole Tekulve to extend SGRC’s values and enable self-expression for youths from all backgrounds through yearlong music education programming. YEAH! has increasingly connected participants who have limited access to music education. It moved away from its volunteer run model to providing equitable wages for local teaching artists. Collaborations with community organizations have supported our programs’ planning, promotion, recruitment, and curriculum. The organization’s scholarship fund was made for all applicants, regardless of economic background or status.


  • YEAH! Rocks - A one-week summer day camp for youths ages six to 17. Previous camps include Southern Girls Rock Camp, Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, and Ready2Rock Camp.
  • Community Music Workshop - A condensed three-day-weekend rock camp for adults who seek to develop musical interests and community.
  • Rock Block – An abbreviated 10-week camp offering two-hour sessions on Saturday afternoons for participants age 11 - 17.
  • Rock Block MNPS - A 10-week after-school enrichment program in the Spring and Fall meeting twice weekly at a title 1 Metro Nashville public middle or high school.
  • Workshops – For participants age 11-17, including arts and activism, technology, songwriting, and artist development. Virtual programming is under development for these and others.
  • Scholarships - Available for all applicants to increase accessibility to music education.

Ways to Support YEAH!

  • Register for our programs - June 2024 camp dates coming soon!
  • Donate to our scholarship funds
  • Shop at our store - shop.yeahrocks.org
  • Volunteer at our community events, teach at one of our programs
  • Become a board or committee member
  • Spread the word about our impact


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Nashville, TN 37216

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