Greg Mulholland, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has called for musicians and small venues in the constituency to enter Rock the House 2013, Parliament's biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them. In last year's competition Marc Ottaway from Yeadon came second in the solo act category and Korks in Otley finished third in the best venue category, both having been nominated by Greg.
You can apply at http://www.rockthehousehoc.com. Applications close on March 1st 2013.
The competition is open to all music lovers who fall into the following categories: solo artist, band, under 19 solo artist, under 19 band, and best small live music venue.
Mulholland will nominate his favourite from each category, after which a judging panel made of international music industry experts will chose the finalists. The finalists will compete in a live battle of the bands, and the winner of each category will then perform live on the balcony of the House of Commons on the evening of the 26th of June 2013.
Rock the House was founded by Mike Weatherley MP to raise awareness of intellectual property theft and live music issues in Parliament. In 2011, the competition was part of a campaign which successfully persuaded the Government that venues with a capacity of 200 people will no longer need a license for live music.
The launch party on Monday 26th November saw the first ever amplified gig in the State Speaker's Room with British rock band the Young Guns, Rob Damiani from Don Brocoand Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake attending the launch.
Greg Mulholland said:
"Rock the House is a great opportunity for aspiring artists of any age looking to find a way into the industry. I am excited to listen to the tracks that the people of Leeds North West can come up with, and hope to receive as many submissions as possible."
"Following the success from the constituency last year, I am hoping for lots more entries this year for me to nominate, and hopefully we can go one step further and win one of this year's categories!"
Mike Weatherley MP, founder of Rock the House said:
"This competition is the perfect opportunity for talented artists to promote their music, and win some life-changing prizes in the process - from guitars and amps, to slots at gigs and festivals. It will also put MPs in touch with musicians and small venues in their constituencies. We've discovered some great talent in the past, and can't wait to see who we find this year!"
Brian May, Queen guitarist and songwriter 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."