Graham Evans MP is supporting musicians and film-makers from Weaver Vale by calling for local artists to enter Parliament’s two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.
The competition, now in its fifth year, offers the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the two industries and to have the best of Weaver Vale's talent take front and centre stage. Judged by the leading lights of industry, with prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time and top-notch equipment, the Rock the House and Film the House competitions are a pioneering opportunity to showcase what Weaver Vale has to offer, raising awareness about the importance of Intellectual property (IP) to our creative industries and country.
Dates for the 2016competitions are:
• 14thApril, under 19’s closing date for entries to MPs
• 1stMay, over 19’s closing date for entries to MPs
• 20thJune, final battle of the bands
• 4thJuly, awards ceremony
Graham Evans MP said:
“I welcome the return of Parliament’s most-hotly contested competitions, and would urge all local musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House. This is an excellent opportunity for Weaver Vale to celebrate our local talent and, as all nominations are judged by industry experts, there is no finer chance for our musicians and film-makers to gain exposure. In 2011 I nominated Runcorn band, Stoneway, and they got to the final in the House of Commons. I’d love to see more local talent get that far again!”
Rock legend and actor, Alice Cooper said:
“Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene and gives musicians a vehicle through which to hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”
Brian May (Queen), Patron of Rock the House said: “It is a great honour to back Rock the House. The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres, and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product. This competition gives all musicians, from all backgrounds the chance to get out there and make live music –one of the things Brits do best.”
Member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music, Nigel Adams MP (Selby & Ainsty) and Liberal Democrat Lords’ Spokesperson for The Creative Industries, Lord Tim Clement-Jones are to head up Rock the House & Film the House for 2015-2016 in Parliament.