Caroline calls for nominations for Rock the House

Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage is encouraging people to take part in the annual Parliamentary live music competition, Rock the House, and invites under-18s, solo artists, bands and live music venues in the Gosport constituency to write and nominate themselves.

The competition was founded by Mike Weatherley MP in support of the UK live music sector to raise the profile of intellectual property rights issues and counts rock legends Alice Cooper and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan as Patrons.

Musicians and live music venues within the Gosport area can find all forms and information on the competition at www.rockthehouse2012.com and can send in their nominations to Caroline Dinenage MP at caroline.dinenage.mp@parliament.uk.

To check if you're one of Caroline's constituents please enter your postcode at http://findyourmp.parliament.uk. Any musicians outside the Gosport constituency can still write to their MP to nominate themselves to take part.

Prizes include music equipment; a chance to play at high profile festivals; and mingle with the great and the good of the music industry. Successful nominees will go forward to the national competition which will be judged by a panel of international music industry experts and musicians with the finalists being announced on Friday 18th May.

The finalists will take part in a battle of the bands to determine the winner on Wednesday 30th May and the winner in each category will perform live at a final competition reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons in the evening.

Caroline said:

"There is a wealth of live music talent in Gosport, and I would urge all musicians and live music venues to fill in an application and send it to me. The recognition and contacts entrants can get from taking part is priceless and it would be great to put Gosport on the map for its artistic talent."