"Antigone Rising is carrying on the feral spirit of The Runaways." - Joan Jett

"That Was The Whiskey is an absolute hit." - Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Joan Jett, Melissa Etheridge & WNBA All Star Sue Wicks Girls Rising Grant Award Winners!  

We are proud to announce that we have created the Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett & 
The Blackhearts Girls Rising Grant Awards to be given to two middle school aged girls 
who have been empowered and inspired by a Girls Rising Outreach during the 
2017-2018 academic year. Teachers were asked to submit students that serve their 
school community, work hard, have strong leadership qualities and whom they feel 
were genuinely motivated by attending our Girls Rising Outreach Event at their 

The purpose of the grant is to remind girls to reach a helping hand out to those coming 
up behind them. The best way we can change the game and advance gender equality is 
to help other girls and women rise above adversity. 

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Grant will always go to a student who lives on Long Island. 
This year’s Melissa Etheridge Grant recipient happens to live on Long Island as well, 
though in future years this will not be a defining criteria. Melissa is the mother to a set 
of twins, and when she read these applicants submissions, she wanted to be sure the 
grant in her name would be awarded to one of two sisters who has overcome adversity 
and shown exceptional leadership qualities. 

This years Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Melissa Etheridge Girls Rising Grant Award 
winners are: 

Allyna James – Glen Cove Robert M. Finley Middle School 8th Grader 

Allaina James - Glen Cove Robert M. Finley Middle School 8th Grader


Joan Jett & Melissa Etheridge 

Joan Jett & Melissa Etheridge have joined forces with our nonprofit, Girls Rising, to create grant awards to be given to students K-8 who have attended a Girls Rising event during the past school year! We are proud to announce that Allaina and Allyna James, two 8th graders at Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, NY will be the first recipients of these grant awards! 

The purpose of these grants is to remind girls to reach a helping hand out to those coming up behind them. The best way we can change the game and advance gender equality is to help other girls and women rise above adversity. Thanks to Joan and Melissa for aligning with this mission!

These two grants will be awarded at our first annual Girls Rising Game Changer Awards honoring 4x grammy nominated artist, TV host and entrepreneur Carnie Wilson on Friday night, June 29! Buy your tickets now to attend the Awards! 







Girls Rising All Star Panel Announced for BeachFest 5!  

Sea Cliff, NY - June 30, 2018 - All female rock band Antigone Rising will present their 5th annual BeachFest at Sea Cliff Beach Pavilion on Saturday June 30th from 12 noon - 10pm. BeachFest celebrates the work of the band's nonprofit, Girls Rising, which was officially formed in 2014. The centerpiece of the day revolves around a Girls Rising outreach panel discussion, much like the panel discussion the band presents at schools, universities, community centers, refugee camps, embassies and corporations around the globe. The only difference with this panel is that the women of Antigone Rising will step aside and let some of their friends take a turn sharing their stories of their paths to success. The All-Star panel consists of moderator, Carnie Wilson (5x Grammy nominee, member of Wilson Phillips, talk show host and Co-Founder/Entrepreneur of Love Bites by Carnie), with panelists, US Hockey Olympian Angela Ruggiero, WNBA All Star Sue Wicks, Grammy Winning Songwriter Julie Gold, and Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer (Letterman/HBO/Logo). 

These game changing women will inspire everyone in attendance and empower the kids in the crowd to be anything they want to be. 

The panel discussion will take place at Sea Cliff Beach Pavilion at 3PM on Saturday, June 30, 2018. 

BeachFest 5 opens at 12 noon and is free to the public with a suggested donation at the entrance. Music begins at 12:30 with an all-star line up of female artists and vendors lining the beach. Antigone Rising will close the evening with a set of music scheduled to start around 8:15pm that evening.