Friday, 5 March 2010

Local musicians needed for arena campaign

Local unsigned musicians are being invited to provide a soundtrack to an upcoming animation of the Leeds Arena.

The Leeds Arena project is currently in the process of creating a three minute flythrough animation of the venue, which will show the unique arena in action and will include previously unreleased material of the arena in high quality 3D.

The animation requires a soundtrack, and in celebration of Leeds’ vibrant music scene, the council is offering the opportunity for local musicians to have their music as the backing track to this exciting animation.

The video will be hosted on the homepage and will be used in presentations across the city, the region and the nation. The animation will be one of the central marketing materials for the project. The chosen track and artist will be fully credited and promoted within the video.

The successful artiste will have the opportunity to meet with the world class arena design team and get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the emerging arena design. All genres of music are welcomed and the deadline for entries is March 15.

Councillor Andrew Carter, council leader and executive member with responsibility for the Leeds Arena said:
“The arena will help raise Leeds’ profile worldwide and it is only right that local musicians benefit from exposure of the arena project. The animation that is being developed will really bring the project to life and is also a great opportunity for local musicians to promote their music and to reach wider audiences.

“We are very keen to encourage the growing music scene in the city and look forward to receiving entries from lots of local artists.”

Interested musicians are asked to send their compositions of at least three minutes long on a CD along with their contact details, to:
Leeds Arena Soundtrack, Major Projects, Thoresby House, Leonardo Building, Leeds, LS2 8HD.

Alternatively, artists can e-mail with a link to a piece of music for consideration.

Further details can be found by e-mailing or by visiting Data files must be in a .wav or .aiff format.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713

Stepping on the gas brings warm praise

ENEHL have been recognised by the Audit Commission as a top performing ALMO for Gas Servicing in the last three years.

The report, released in January, highlights the importance of gas servicing by landlords to ensure the safety of tenants.

As a responsible landlord, ENEHL has a legal obligation to service and check the safety of all gas appliances in all its properties annually. This is done to make sure that all tenants are safe and also to make sure that all gas appliances are working efficiently.

ENEHL has worked hard with contractors and staff teams to ensure that gas services are carried out to all its council homes promptly, this has included offering flexible appointments and putting a large emphasis on explaining to customers why gas servicing is important and the dangers of un-serviced gas appliances.

Contractors and teams have constantly explored different ways of achieving access to the small number of homes each year who do not allow access for the annual service. This has proven successful as the number of outstanding services continues to fall as does the number of cases where formal legal action is needed to get access.

The Audit Commission highlighted innovative methods as areas of best practice that have contributed to high levels of performance. These include targeting specific action days, the use of prize draws to encourage early access and the use of community profiling information to find out more about which groups of tenants are less likely to allow access each year.

In achieving recognition in this area and with the ongoing high access levels to service gas appliances annually, ENEHL and its customers can be reassured that Health and Safety is being prioritised.

Councillor Les Carter, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said:
"The safety of tenants is of paramount importance and I'd like to congratulate the ALMO on receiving recognition from the Audit Commission in this area."

Angelena Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
“To be recognised as a top performer in this field by the Audit Commission is exceptional and we are continuing to ensure that 100% of our properties are serviced.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937