Rock the House

March 22, 2011 11:13 AM

Local MP Tom Brake is urging both local unsigned bands and budding music venues to sign up for a parliamentary-run live music competition by the end of the month.

'Rock the House' is aiming to encourage both young people and new musicians to follow a career in music and also to promote live music venues. At the same time the competition hopes to raise awareness of the importance of copyright law and its role in protecting upcoming acts.

Creator of the competition and MP for Hove and Portslade Mike Wheatherley said that the lack of recognition of the creative and intellectual property rights of artists would serve "only to stifle the diversity of the British music scene. The future of music lies in the hands of up and coming artists and the live venues that support them."

Finalists in the categories of best live band and best live music venue will be invited to a reception at the House of Commons where the winners, chosen by a panel of independent judges, will be announced. Prizes for the winners include an album recording session and the chance to perform live on the terrace of the House of Commons, in addition to many other runner-up prizes.

Tom said: "This competition is a very unique and original way of highlighting the difficulties faced by both musicians and music venues across the country, and also a great opportunity to showcase some of the great talent that exists in Sutton's thriving music scene."

The deadline for applications is the 31st March, and anyone from Carshalton and Wallington interested in entering should send an application form to Tom directly, who will then select a band to represent the constituency.

Application forms can be found on the 'Rock the House' website at and should be sent along with a recording of an original song to Tom at or by post to 5 Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2DN.

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