Jo Swinson MP calls for nominations for Rock the House

Jo Swinson MP is taking part in the second annual Parliamentary live music competition, Rock the House, and invites under-18s, solo artists, bands and live music venues in East Dunbartonshire to get involved and nominate themselves.

The competition was founded 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 East Dunbartonshire area can find all forms and information on the competition at and can send in their nominations to Jo Swinson MP at [email protected].

Any musicians from outside the constituency can write to their own 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 and the finalists will be 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.

Commenting Jo said:

“East Dunbartonshire has already made its mark on the music industry, having produced Amy MacDonald and Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand. I know there is a wealth of music talent in the next generation, 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 the constituency on the map once again for its artistic talent.”


  • The competition’s key sponsors include UK Music; Future Publishing; and ICOMP. Other sponsors include Yamaha; Caffe Nero; Gibson; Eventim; ISM; Musician’s Union; the BPI; and Universal Music.
  • Musicians and live music venues can find all the material they will need to write to their MP and enter the competition by visiting; and can get daily updates on the competition by following the competition on twitter @RockTheHouseHOC; or on Facebook.
  • For more information, contact competition co-ordinator Kathy at[email protected] or on 07810 716434
  • For press enquiries, contact Niki at [email protected] or on 07825 611 457

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