Rock the House

Posted on March 21, 2011 in Ronnie's News

David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, has invited nominations from within the Macclesfield constituency, to be considered for the best live band and bestlive music venue awards of the first ever parliamentary ‘Rock the House’ competition.
‘Rock the House’ is an innovative competition that will capture the imagination of the public and legislators inrecognition of the need to support, and promote, the live music sector. It aimsto promote the intellectual property rights of unsigned and up and comingmusicians; and highlight the importance of live music venues to local communities.
One band and one live music venue from theMacclesfield constituency will be nominated on 31 March 2011. David has askedRonnie Rees who runs the well known Ronnie’s Bar in Macclesfield to makethe final nominations. Ronnie’s knowledge of the local music scene willbe invaluable in making the final selections and his involvement will also meanthat his own bar won’t be seeking a nomination for the live venue award.
Any band or live music venue can enter the competitionby downloading and completing an application form from and send fully completed submissions to David at by 31st March.
National finalists and winners will be determined byan independent judging panel, which includes Chris Ingham, Group Publisher of Future Publishing, musicians and music professionals, Mike Weatherley MP andJohn Robertson MP (Chair of the APPG on Music).
The Panel will determine the five finalists in eachcategory, and the shortlist will be announced by the end of May 2011. Each ofthe finalists will be invited to a star studded reception on the Terrace of theHouse of Commons, on 30th June 2011, where the winners will be announced.
David said: “This is a great opportunity for any aspiring bands or music artists in Macclesfield, Bollington, Disley, Poynton, Prestbury and surrounding villages to raise their profile. I would urge anyone who isinterested to get their nominations in early. It would be great to see a Macclesfield artist or band performing on the Terrace of the House ofCommons.”
Mike Weatherley MP, who has organised the competition,added: “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 actuallyconstitutes the creative and intellectual property rights of artists, thefuture contribution the sector makes to the economy will be jeopardised. Thisis particularly bad news for anything outside of mainstream genres and willserve only to stifle the diversity of the British music scene.”
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