Alice and Mike team up to call for entries from Hemel Hempstead fim-makers and musicians

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

No-nonsense Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and outrageous rock legend Alice Cooper might not seem to have much in common – but they’ve teamed up to urge entries to a parliamentary project offering local musicians and film-makers a real leg-up in their careers.

Rock The House and Film The House competitions aim to raise awareness of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights.

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 TV airplay and more.

Mr Penning said: “I urge anyone interested in entering to take a look at the websites. It would be great to have a Dacorum band or film succeed in one of these competitions.”

Project patron Alice Cooper said: “Having had MPs try and ban us from performing in the UK in the 1970s, it’s great to hear that the sound of shedding guitars and powerhouse vocals will be echoing through the halls of Parliament.

“Rock the House is a great project celebrating the diversity of the British music scene and helps musicians hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”

The deadline for entries is March 31, find out more at or