Jessica Morden MP calls for musicians and film makers to enter Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.
Call for musicians and film makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House
The competitions are sponsored by industry and supported by celebrity Patrons. Both competitions offer the opportunity for Newport East constituency’s creatives to have their work judged by the leading lights of industry and win prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time, equipment, and the opportunity to have your work premiered in London’s West End to name a few!
Backed by musicians this is a great chance for local bands and film makers to get their music heard and films seen by a wide audience
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.”
Competition Founder Mike Weatherley MP said:
"Every year the competition gets bigger and better and my thanks go to our Patrons, Sponsors, Judges, the entrants, the MPs who take part. If you're a musician or a film maker, make sure you take part in the 2014 competition!"
Notes on the Musicians and film makers enter their original material to their MP, who ultimately nominates one entrant per competition category. A panel of industry executives presides over choosing the finalists and winners, who go on to have their pieces played in Parliament and win an array of prizes, from equipment, festival slots, exposure, recording sessions, radio and TV airplay and more.
The competitions give Parliamentarians an opportunity to engage with a grass-roots creative demographic and provides the creative community with a vehicle through which to communicate their issues to legislators. In short, the House Initiatives provide a means for the UK creative industries to communicate the importance of protecting its intellectual property rights in a fun manner which gives a foundation for Parliamentarians to protect creative output.
Now the largest and most high-profile of Parliamentary competitions, The House initiatives will be extended to additional territories such as Australia / New Zealand (in partnership with Danger Mouse Productions), USA and Europe.
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, Bob Daisley
Rock the House
What the Patrons say
Patron, 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.”Alice Cooper, said:
“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.”
Patron, 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!”Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders):
"Music has the power to change, motivate and inspire as politicians should too. Great that it's being recognized for that."
Rob Damiani (Don Broco):
"Rock The House was such a success this year, so it’s very exciting to see what great British bands will be discovered in 2014. Metal in Parliament? Yes please!"
Gus Wood (Young Guns):
"I think any opportunity to engage young people in politics is something to be celebrated, regardless of their allegiances. While music can feel much more relatable and vital to people, politics is vital
and it's cool to see two such disparate but important things next to each other. Plus it’s kinda neat walking around such a great building!"Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat, All Time Low
“Rock the House is a great way for musicians to get exposure on a National stage and each year it goes from strength to strength. There’s also some great prizes up for grabs and if you’re in a band that wants to hit the big-time then get a hold of your local Member of Parliament and enter Rock the House.”
Bob Daisley (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Uriah Heep):
“I am proud to have been appointed as a Patron of Rock the House, an event that I whole-heartedly support. If ever a House needed rocking, it’s this one!”
Charlie Simpson (Fightstar):
“Good luck to all of the bands taking part in the Rock the House competition, I think it’s an amazing cause, raising the issues that are affecting the music industry at the moment – it’s really important for artists and consumers alike.”