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Elena Steuber Scholarship Fund
General financial aid support in the name of Elena Steuber
For Elena Steuber, art was life and life was art — and both included a lot of music. From Austin to Portland and Seattle, she experimented with different forms of performance, taught herself to play every instrument she had access to, sang with a voice that was powerful even when it was whisper-soft, and populated her life with talented musicians, edgy artists, and staunchly brilliant women.
When in 2001, Elena got wind of Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls, she called her mother and told her that they needed to send her nieces there. Never mind that it would be years before the girls were old enough, or that they lived in Arizona. When Elena had an idea — especially about women and their art and her community — she was enthusiastic and immediate about making it happen. In her magical way, Elena is now making sure that Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls happens for all kinds of deserving young women.
After her accidental death in the summer of 2006, Elena’s loved ones began gathering funds for what would become the Elena Steuber Memorial Fund. With the generous donations of friends, family, and Sub Pop Records, the fund has allowed girls to experience the thrill of stepping on an effects pedal, stomping on a kick drum, and finding their voices. In June 2009, Elena’s nieces became RnRC4G campers, too. (Tribute written by Laura Cassidy)
Sandy West Memorial Drummer Scholarship Fund
Financial aid assistance for drummers in memory of the Runaways drummer, Sandy West
Sandy got her first drum set as a gift from our grandfather when she was 9 years old. From the very first minute she touched them, she had a passion for playing the drums. Her childhood dream was to play drums in a rock ’n’ roll band. She started playing in neighborhood bands for junior high parties, and when she was 15, she met Joan Jett and formed the Runaways. Sandy always felt a bit out of sync at school due to some early childhood illnesses and learning disabilities. She always excelled at athletics and that ability carried over in developing her enormous talent and also in her style of playing the drums.
In the year before Sandy died of cancer at age 47, she was starting to make plans to do motivational speaking to young people, incorporating her life experiences and music. My parents, two older sisters, and I felt we wanted to carry on her dream by helping girls learn to play drums and feel good about themselves in the process. We are committed to contributing the royalties Sandy earns each year from the Runaways. We hope that others will be inspired to do the same. Rock ON! (Tribute contributed by Lori Pesavento, Sandy’s sister)
The Winding Stream Scholarship Fund
Financial aid in the name of Beth Harrington’s documentary film on the Cash and Carter families.
At RnRC4G, we want girls to realize they have a place in an influential, diverse, and ongoing music herstory. Award-winning independent producer, director, and writer Beth Harrington has already done so much to help update our music history canon.
Harrington’s independent production “Welcome to the Club — The Women of Rockabilly” documented the pioneering women of rock ’n’ roll and was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination. Similarly, “The Winding Stream” tells the story of American country music, from its roots through its cultural development, in a way that gives women the recognition they’ve earned.
Sara Carter gave an eerie, Gothic feel to old-timey singing that defined the genre. And Maybelle Carter invented a guitar playing technique that has become a foundation for generations of guitarists, the so-called “Carter scratch.” And they were young enough to attend Rock Camp when they started their careers! Later, after the Carter Family act split up, Maybelle took her daughters on the road — The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle — and they developed a strong, capable, melodic country music presence. These were all women who knew their way around music and felt completely at home performing.