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COMMOTION FAQs

All your COMMOTION questions answered.
General Questions
Q:
When does registration open?
A:
COMMOTION student registration will open on 01 June 2022. Pre-registration is open now.
Q:
Who is COMMOTION for?
A:
COMMOTION is for
  • Singers
  • Songwriters
  • Musicians
  • Electronic musicians
  • Bedroom producers
  • Beatmakers
  • DJ's
  • Future Popstars contestants
  • Rockquest solo/duo or band members
  • You've always wanted to be in a band but not had the opportunity
Q:
What is the age range of COMMOTION?
A:
You need to be in at least Year 9 at youngest and under 21 years of age at 14 August 2022.

Q:
How much will student tickets cost?
A:
$95.00 plus ticketing fees for 2022. This gives you two full days of workshops and entry to Saturday evening performances.
If you can't afford this, please contact us as we have a small number of scholarship tickets available thanks to generous sponsors.
Q:
How many students attend?
A:
For 2022 we are limiting the event to 42 students, 8 NMIT music students, and 15 tutors + crew.
Q:
Do I have to be a musician to take part?
A:
COMMOTION is aimed at aspiring musicians, singers, DJ's and producers, with no minimum ability levels.
If you have questions about this, please contact us.
Q: 
How skilled do I have to be?
A: 
There is no minimum ability level to take part in COMMOTION and no compulsion to perform.
Q: 
When does the final programme come out?
A: 
We plan to release the final programme by the end of June 2022

Q: 
What happens if it can't go ahead due to Covid?
A:
If COMMOTION has to be cancelled, all ticket holders will be refunded in full, less ticketing fees.
Q: 
Do I have to be COVID vaccinated?
A:
There are no longer vaccination mandates
Q: 
What does my registration get me?
A: 

  • 2 days of awesome workshops and panel discussions
  • Entry to the Saturday evening showcase
  • 10% discount card for Beggs MusicWorks (multi-use for 1 yr)
  • Chance to win one of 10 music software prizes
Q:
Can I choose the workshops I want to attend?
A:
Yes, absolutely. Some workshops may require pre-registration and have limits on places. This will be clearly communicated once the programme is finalised. If over-subscribed, places on these workshops will be drawn from a hat.
Q:
How is COMMOTION different to Rockquest?
A:
A common question we’ve been asked is what does this event offer that Rockquest doesn’t? Rockquest and COMMOTION both offer an opportunity to perform on stage, in addition…
  1. Commotion offers students exposure to a wide range of facilitated workshop content otherwise unavailable, and maybe unaffordable, and the opportunity to try new things.
  2. Commotion offers all youth attendees the opportunity to work with some well-known role model artist/tutors.
  3. Commotion helps demystify pathways within the music industry.
  4. To enter Rockquest you need to be a singer/songwriter or be in a band. Starting or getting into a band is not easy and we are aware that many youth musicians miss out on the opportunity to be in a band and our goal is that this event will offer an exciting opportunity to these people and will likely build their confidence and encourage future collaboration.
Performance Questions
Q:
What happens at the Saturday Showcase?
A:
This will be a gig with professional sound and lighting for COMMOTION attendees, families and friends. Content can be originals and covers.
Q:
Do I have to perform at the Saturday Showcase?
A:
No, there is no compulsion to perform and you can indicate this on the registration form.
Q:
Will I get a chance to perform on stage?
A:
Yes, you can apply to perform your own music (Band or solo-duo) as part of the showcase and you can indicate this on the registration form.
Q:
Can we come as a band?
A:
Yes! Whole bands are encouraged to attend.
Logistics Questions
Q:
What do I need to bring to COMMOTION?
A:
Everyone: Daypack with lunch, snacks, waterbottle, notebook and pen, phone for photos and communication.
  • Guitar and Bass: Your instrument, tuner or app, any pedals/effects you use and an instrument cable
  • Keyboardists: You can bring your keyboard, or use supplied keyboards
  • Drummers: Drumsticks
  • Singers: Yourself
  • Other instruments: Trumpets, violins etc, just bring your instrument
  • Beat makers/producers: Bring your computer and a thumb drive.
  • Everyone: Bring a USB thumb drive in case you create something in a workshop. You might also like to bring a Bluetooth speaker.
Any questions: Just get in touch.

Q:
What do I need to do for meals?
A:
You need to bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle. There is a dairy over the road and a supermarket 5mins walk away but we recommend you come prepared with your own food.
Q:
What about accommodation and transport?
A:
Accommodation and transport to/from COMMOTION is not provided. We hope that you and your family will make a weekend of it in Nelson. However, we will be able to assist a small number of out-of-town students with billets with families of Nelson attendees. Please contact us to discuss if you're interested in exploring this.
Q: 
Will my computer/instrument be safe?
A:
Only COMMOTION students, tutors and crew will be using the event spaces, so your gear should be safe. If you wish to leave gear onsite overnight, please check with event crew where to leave it.