Lilian Greenwood MP is proud to invite nominations from Nottingham South, 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 has been launched to promote the live music sector, particularly unsigned and up and coming musicians, and to highlight the importance of live music venues to local communities.
The city MP will nominate one band and one live music venue from Nottingham South on 31 March 2011. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th March.
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 have the chance to perform live.
Lilian Greenwood MP said:
“I’m calling on all unsigned bands and musicians across Nottingham South to get involved in this great competition, which has at its heart the promotion of live music, the importance of live venues and finding new and exciting talent.”
“Rock the House is an innovative project which will give the winners a chance to perform at the House of Commons, make industry contacts and learn more about producing their own music and I’d urge anyone who is interested to check out the competition’s website.”
“I know Nottingham has a really vibrant music scene and I hope that entries from our city will challenge for the top spot when the results are announced in May.”
Mike Weatherley MP, Chair of the APPG on Music said:
“The future of music lays in the hands of the up and coming artists, and the live music venues who support them, that are finding it increasingly hard to break through in a sector where many consumers think it is their right to access content for free. Without recognition that this music actually constitutes the creative and intellectual property rights of artists, the future contribution the sector makes to the economy will be jeopardised. This is particularly bad news for anything outside of mainstream genres and will serve only to stifle the diversity of the British music scene.”