Written by ROB SMYTH
BURTON’S MP is offering musicians and filmmakers in the town his support in a bid to offer them the chance to showcase their talent at the House of Commons.
Andrew Griffiths has urged budding Rod Stewert’s and Steven Speilberg’s to apply to take part in two of Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.
The event will offer up-and-coming talented people in the town the chance to showcase their work and perhaps even gain national recognition.
He said: “Rock the House is a great opportunity for bands and musicians in Burton to get their music out to a wider audience.
“Burton has a thriving music scene, and it would be fantastic for local bands to see a winner of the competition from the town.
“I can only encourage local musicians to take part in what is a fantastic event in Parliament, and could have the potential to take your music career to the next level.”
Founded by the MP for Hove Mike Weatherley, the competitions are sponsored by industry and supported by celebrity patrons.
Both competitions offer the opportunity for Burton 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 their work premiered in London’s West End, to name but a few.
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 television airplay and more.
Rock legend Alice Cooper said: “Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene.”
Competition Founder Mike Weatherley 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.”