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.
The Rock the House & Film the House competitions raise awareness of the importance of protecting Intellectual Property Rights (copyright) among legislators and the general public.
Musicians and film makers enter their original material to their MP, who choose one entrant per competition category to represent their constituency. A panel of top industry executives then presides over choosing the finalists and winners, who go on to have their pieces played in Parliament (or an equally prestigious venue as last year at the US Ambassadors private residence, Winfield House!). Additionally, winners receive an array of prizes, from equipment, festival slots, exposure, recording sessions, radio and TV airplay and more.
The RTH and FTH competitions have huge cross party support and are a great means for Parliamentarians to engage with the UKs grass-roots creative future, and provides the creative community with a vehicle through which to communicate directly with their MPs in a fun, unusual way. Nudging the importance of protecting IP up the political agenda.
As with previous years, all press releases, reminders and support will be offered to Members’ offices in order to run the competition with the most ease. Assistance can even be given to help with the judging of entrants in necessary.
The timeline for this years’ competition is provisionally set as:
- 1st May – Applications deadline
- 31st May – MPs to have submitted their constituency entrants to the judges
- 20th June – Battle of the bands, London
- 4th July – Final awards in Parliament
Rock the House Patrons
Black Stone Cherry, Alice Cooper, Brian May, Young Guns, Ian Gillan, Rick Wakeman, Mark Hoppus, Charlie Simpson, Matt Tuck, Don Broco, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steel Panther, Scott Gorham, All Time Low, Bernie Marsden, Adam Perry and Bob Daisley.
What the Patrons say…
“Having had MPs try and ban Alice Cooper from performing in the UK in the 1970s, it’s great to hear that the sound of shedding guitars and powerhouse vocals will be echoing through the halls of Parliament. 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):
“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.”
Rick Wakeman (Yes):
“Having a genuine love of both music and politics, nothing pleases me more than seeing the two working so closely together. Rock the House is fast becoming one of the most prestigious events in the music calendar and to have Collibus performing to launch the 2014 event is just fantastic. It just goes to prove what an amazing catalyst music is for all walks of life. More music and less conflict in the world! Congratulations to all concerned. Makes an old rocker very proud!”
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple):
“It’s very important that we understand the importance and the need to nurture live music. It is the basis for everything in our musical world – and of course also the importance of young musicians understanding how to look after and protect their copyrights and intellectual property.”
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182):
“Rock the House is a terrific way for up-and-coming talent to engage with their local MP and perform on a national scale, make new contacts and friends, and have a great time. I'm honored to be an advocate and judge for the third year in a row.”
Don't miss this chance to rock the House of Commons! To apply, visit the Rock The House website.