David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, has invited nominations from within the Macclesfield constituency to be considered for the best live band and best live music venue awards of the first ever parliamentary ‘Rock the House’ competition.
‘Rock the House’ is an innovative competition that will capture the imagination of the public and legislators in recognition of the need to support, and promote, the live music sector. It aims to promote the intellectual property rights of unsigned and up and coming musicians; and highlight the importance of live music venues to local communities.
One band and one live music venue from the Macclesfield constituency will be nominated on 31 March 2011. David has asked Ronnie Rees who runs the well known Ronnie’s Bar in Macclesfield to make the final nominations. Ronnie’s knowledge of the local music scene will be invaluable in making the final selections and his involvement will also mean that his own bar won’t be seeking a nomination for the live venue award.
Any band or live music venue can enter the competition by downloading and completing an application form from www.rockthehouse.me.uk and send fully completed submissions to David at email@example.com by 31st March.
National finalists and winners will be determined by an independent judging panel, which includes Chris Ingham, Group Publisher of Future Publishing, musicians and music professionals, Mike Weatherley MP and John Robertson MP (Chair of the APPG on Music). The Panel will determine the five finalists in each category, and the shortlist will be announced by the end of May 2011. Each of the finalists will be invited to a star studded reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons, on 30th June 2011, where the winners will be announced.
David said: “This is a great opportunity for any aspiring bands or music artists in Macclesfield, Bollington, Disley, Poynton, Prestbury and surrounding villages to raise their profile. I would urge anyone who is interested to get their nominations in early. It would be great to see a Macclesfield artist or band performing on the Terrace of the House of Commons.”
The sponsors and supporters have pulled together an unbelievable array of prizes, many of which money can’t buy, including: the chance to perform live on the terrace at the House of Commons and at a top music venue or a music festival; a photo shoot with an internationally published music photographer; Yamaha gear and instruments; the chance to network and have consultancy sessions with top industry professionals; master classes from top sound and lighting engineers; the opportunity to record music; the chance to make a music video; invaluable PR exposure through coverage in Future Publishing’s catalogue of specialist music titles; and many more runners up prizes.
‘Rock the House’ is supported by a myriad of big names within the international and British music sector: Yamaha music; UK Music; Future Publishing; BPI; Live Nation; Consumer Focus; Music Managers Forum (MMF); Incorporated Society of Musicians; MVPA; the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music (APPG on Music); and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs & Clubs (APPG on Pubs & Clubs).