Mike is preparing for final tomorrow of Rock the House, a parliamentary competition that he set up to raise the importance of Intellectual Property and copyright protection.
A record 165 MPs have made a total of 195 nominations for Solo Artists, Bands, Venues and Under-18s. The finalists were selected last week by a panel of music industry experts. Musician finalists will compete in a battle of the bands at the Bedford in Balham on Wednesday 30th May. The winners will then get the unique opportunity to play a live set on the House of Commons Terrace later in the evening.
Guests at the Parliamentary event include the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP; Baroness Wilcox, Under-Secretary of State for BIS (with responsibility for Intellectual Property Rights); and Lord Tim Clement-Jones (proposer of the Live Music Bill); along with well-known artists and music industry representatives. A number of patrons of Rock the House, including rock legend Alice Cooper, have sent video messages of support. For more information, please see www.rockthehouse2012.com.
Commenting, Mike said: “I am really looking forward to the grand finale of Rock the House 2012 and the House of Commons Terrace event. The quality of the music has been extremely high this year and I know that the judges have had to make some very tough decisions. An astonishing 165 MPs took part in the 2012 competition which was a brilliant result. I know many of them don’t usually engage with people from the music industry, so it is important to make these connections.”