© 2023 Commotion

Youth Music Colab Nelson 12-13 Aug 2023

Calling youth musicians aged 14-21. Come join us at COMMOTION for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions and performances with some of Aotearoa's top musicians.
COMMOTION is an action-packed weekend of workshops and performances for youth aged 14-21, run by role-model artist/mentors.

COMMOTION's purpose is to expose youth to content and inspiration otherwise not available, provide an opportunity for creative self-expression, and demystify pathways within the music industry.
Who is it for? COMMOTION is for youth musicians, singers, songwriters, performers, beat makers and producers aged 14-21.

When? 12-13 August 2023.

Where? Held at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

What's the format?
  1. Workshops - Access to content not otherwise available with workshops on: Record a demo; Songwriting; Electronic music composition; Learn to DJ; Producing; Singing; Guitar tone; Rhythm section; How to get a good live sound; Mixing and mastering; Stage presence etc.
  2. Industry panels - Learn from the pro's
  3. Live performance - The opportunity to perform at the Saturday Showcase.
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    Provide opportunities for youth not otherwise available
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    Build youth confidence through skills-based workshops, mentoring, collaboration and performance opportunities
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    Inspiring youth musicians to create, develop, record, publish and perform their original music
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    Facilitating a supportive environment for youth to collaborate with peers and adults in the arts community
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    Educating youth musicians about the possibilities in contemporary music today, including music promotion, licensing and rights in the music industry
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    Prioritise diversity through scholarships, in artist/mentor choice and promotion strategies
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    Celebrate Nelson Whakatū as a centre for creative excellence
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    COMMOTION is a 'zero waste' and a 'climate positive' event
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    Economic hardship scholarships available
COMMOTION is organised in partnership with the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA), Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), and COMMOTION Organisers Emily Sanson and Scott Burnett.

COMMOTION is modelled on YAMI, an event that runs bi-annually in Wanaka. Scott and Emily, took their teenagers to YAMI and returned inspired to offer a similar event in Nelson. With consent and encouragement from the YAMI organisers, Scott and Emily volunteer their time to organise COMMOTION.

Scott and Emily work closely with the staff of event partners NCMA and NMIT to offer this event. NCMA provide operational and administrative support.

COMMOTION kicks off on International Youth Day - a global opportunity to draw attention to youth issues.

Appreciation for our partners, sponsors & supporters
Ngā mihi nui.
We couldn't do this without your generous support.

If you would like to support us or become involved, please get in touch