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FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions.

RECENT (April 2015) ADDITIONS to the FAQs

CAN I ORDER A DVD OF THE EVENT?

Yes you can! In fact you can order a DVD of any Rock Challenge event going right back to 1999. The DVDs contain every performance from that night AND the presentation ceremony. It costs just £14.50 (plus £1.50 P&P). All you need to tell us is the date and location of the event.

If you would like to order a DVD, please visit this link:
www.rockchallenge.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&topic_id=7&page_id=2033

HOW CAN I VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MY EVENT?

Just head over to Nick Scott's website, select your team from the drop down menu and enter your username and password. If you don't know what your username and password is you will need to ask your liaison teacher OR someone on your team might already know. Here is the link for Nick Scott's website:

www.amazingphotostore.co.uk/nickscottrockchallenge/

HOW COME MY TEAM'S PHOTOGRAPHS AREN'T ON THE WEBSITE?

This is usually because your liaison teacher didn't submit the paperwork to have them online or they simply told Nick they didn't want them online. If you can't find your photos, check with your liaison teacher first. If they have changed their mind and would like the photos to appear online then get them to email nick@nickscott.co.uk

MY TEAM CAME 2ND/3RD/4TH/5TH AT THE HEATS. WHEN DO WE FIND OUT IF WE QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL AS HIGHEST SCORING RUNNER UP?

Well first of all we have to wait for all of the heats in your region to finish otherwise we won't know who has the highest score. Once the events in your region have finished, the next time our team are together we will begin the process of working out the highest scoring runners up and will then contact all teachers to let them know the outcome. If you want to know when the last heat in your region is, go and check out the tour dates on the Rock Challenge website by visiting this link:

www.rockchallenge.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&topic_id=5&page_id=2044

WHEN ARE THE FINALS/WHEN CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR THE FINALS?

You can find the dates for the finals on the link in the answer above this one. There is no confirmed public sale date for tickets yet but once all of the teams have been confirmed at each final, the schools will be given an allocation each for parents to purchase. Therefore it is best to await further details from the school.

ARE THERE GOING TO BE FACEBOOK EVENTS FOR THE FINALS?

Absolutely!

HOW DO I ENTER THE PHOTO COMPETITION?

If you took a great photo at your Rock Challenge event (of anything EXCEPT the evening performances) then send it over to us to be entered into the 2015 photo competition. You can edit and present it however you want to, just make sure you email it to sammy@rockchallenge.co.uk with the subject line "photo competition".

2015 WAS MY LAST YEAR TAKING PART. CAN I VOLUNTEER IN 2016?

We'd love you to! Rock Challenge is always looking for great people like you to help us out and we can promise you will have an awesome time and get some good experience. Either email dan@rockchallenge.co.uk OR follow this link and pop your details in and we'll contact you nearer the time:

a.pgtb.me/BcPwmm

RULES and REGULATIONS - where are they?
Rules are detailed in a two-volume pack sent out to Liaison Teachers well in time for them to start preparations. Changes are made each year, so relying on the previous year's pack can be fatal. Speak to your Liaison Teacher and ask for an overview of the rules and specific regulations that apply to the performance and/or students.

If the booklet has been lost, call the UK Rock Challenge® office on 02392 985 710 or send an email to:enquiries@rockchallenge.co.uk
MUSIC PERMISSIONS
All teams need permission from recording companies or the artists concerned to use extracts of their music in your performance soundtrack. It can seem difficult to get replies so you should contact the rights owners as soon as you have a list of tracks you are planning to use. If a couple of tracks drop off but you still obtained permissions, then at least there is no harm done by being prepared.

To find out the record company for a particular artist check:

The CD/tape/record case
The artist’s website
Search www.wikipedia.org <www.wikipedia.org/> or (even easier!) go to the page at <tinyurl.com/nfx928b> (and it includes a sample letter too :)

If you cannot find information about the tracks you've chosen, or have not received responses but time is pressing on - call Rock Challenge® on 02392 985 710 or email:
enquiries@rockchallenge.co.uk

Please note:
The Rock Challenge® holds licences with the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and the Phonographic Performance Limited Company (PPL) and pays Performers Rights Society fees which are based on ticket sales at the venues. The event is also supported by British Music Rights (BMR), the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

It is STILL necessary, however, for individual schools to obtain permission from the Record Companies to use their music.
EXAMS AND ROCK CHALLENGE TIMING
Students should check early to see if there may be a clash with an exam on a Rock Challenge® day. In the first place they should talk to their teacher(s) in that subject (and/or their school or college's Exams Officer) to check through the dates with them.

The next suggestion came from Roxanne, a team member at Driffield School, who pointed out in February 2005 that team members in England and Wales who were worried about possible Exam Clashes could check out the QCA's "find out your exam timetable" website..

She added "As long as you know the exam board you're fine. Make sure you set the session/year correctly and - just in case you don't know ('cos I didn't) - "GCE" on the website means exams like AS and A level!"

It is easier in Scotland as there's only the one Exams Board to check. Rachel (a parent of a team member at Perth High School) tells me that the place to go to check out your Scottish Qualifications Authority 2015 Examinations Timetable is www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/1439.html
EVENT PHOTOS - Where are they?
The former practice of carrying good-quality images on both this and the Rock Challenge® photographer's website has ceased due to child protection concerns and safety of young participants. The photos used on our sites are illustrative of events only so as to avoid children's images being exploited.

Our photographer Nick Scott takes lots of shots of each team's performance, and makes available a selected set of images (at a reduced price :) for each team's Liaison Teacher to order. Nick's photographs are widely praised by the teams and can also help make really good displays in school. Contact him on:
nick@nickscott.co.uk
TIPS FOR STARTING UP A TEAM
An entry is most likely to succeed where there is a committed teacher to act as what we call the Liaison Teacher.

It would be highly unusual for a team to have no Liaison Teacher, or even no teacher involvement at all. If no teacher will take on the role then an entry only really stands a chance of getting to the chosen event where a sixth-form student, Support Assistant or Technician takes on the role of Liaison Teacher.

"Success" here, for new teams, means getting and keeping your team members together all the way through from your initial call for participants through to arriving and performing at an Event.

If you can't think of what such a willing teacher might look like, they might be the ones who (used to ?) put on an annual school pantomime at Christmas, or a school musical, or they run Talent nights, Fashion Show nights, Karaoke nights, or they might have no experience of any sort of school show at all but they do dance - maybe dance aerobics - in PE, or perhaps they're the ones straight on to the dance area at the school prom :)

You might also like to get support from your PSHE teachers, as being a part of Rock Challenge® has been shown to have real benefits regarding health, school attendance, and reduction in substance use or abuse. We encourage students to make certain commitments in these areas, and we know that some schools do impose conditions on participants that they must adhere to (in the areas of attendance, behaviour, completion of homework etc): this succeeds because the young people involved in the team have a real commitment to staying in the team and getting to their event day.
FEES
The fee for participation in Rock Challenge® is £7 per performer and student backstage crew member. There is also a separate £140 fee for schools entering events from an area where their local authority does not contribute to the event costs.

The team contribution is taken as a donation to the charity behind Rock Challenge® (the Be Your Best Foundation), without whose support it would be unable to continue to operate in the UK. The amount raised from ticket and merchandise sales together with the amount raised from sponsors is no longer sufficient to cover the hire of venues and equipment and the costs of insurance.
TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOWS
Schools and colleges will know how many tickets are in their initial allocation about 12 weeks before their event. Schools are given a window of approximately four weeks in which to book their tickets.

Tickets are sold through the venue in most cases with schools organising how many tickets they can sell to their team members and then phoning and booking and paying for them directly with the venue's box office.

After the cut-off date, all tickets not booked by schools go on first-come, first-served public sale to any parents who missed out or any schools who need additional tickets or the public in general.

Rock Challenge® has become so popular that venues often sell out completely - so ring the Box Office as soon as you can. (You'll find the phone number by hovering over the venue name on the "Tour Dates" page of the website :)