The Music Network – 4pm Thursday 24th September 2009, Birmingham TIC, Millennium Point. All Invited

The Music Network will next meet on Thursday 24th September 2009 at 4pm til 6pm at Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people.If you are a musician, work with musicians, represent musicians, have involvement with the music industry, or are looking to make new contacts the meeting will be useful.

Please pass this information on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.


If you want to join a real conversation and get ahead with your own music…..

…..You know what to do:

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  • John Sinclair was sentenced to 10 years in prison after offering two joints to an undercover narcotics officer in 1969. The ridiculous sentencing of a known cultural revolutionist sparked a nationwide upheaval, leading renowned left wing fundamentalists to charge to Ann Arbor and form the notorious, “Free John Now Rally.” Eventually, the ten year sentence was shortened to three and a half years, and the movement forever now symbolizes the necessity of people to stand against the wrongdoings and persecution by the government, even in these more modern times. But why did a movement form for this specific person? Why did all these “left-wing luminaries” venture to Ann Arbor to protest the sentencing of one man? Who is this, John Sinclair? Well, why don’t we hear the history from the man himself? Jarrod Dicker and John Sinclair…

National Survey and Mapping Exercise assessing provision & scope of music support work across UK 2009

National Survey and Mapping Exercise assessing provision & scope of music support work across UK 2009

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National Survey and Mapping Exercise assessing provision & scope of music support work across UK 2009

The UK Music Sector Forum (MSF) is a network of music support agencies with the aim of providing a vibrant forum for the discussion of issues affecting music support projects and workers across the UK. The MSF has been in operation since 2005.

This survey and resulting report aims to assess the provision and scope of music support work across the UK in 2009.

The objective was to generate a set quantitative data from practising music support organisations for feedback and discussion about the Forums role, in relation to the ongoing benefit to the sector and its community of workers and participants.

During the research process over 100 organisations were contacted with 81 of those completing the survey.

32 organisations were unable to participate in the survey because:

• Their remit delivered a broader arts programme of which the music component was negligible.
• They were no longer active; remit had changed or lacked funds.
• The survey results were collated before response.

The questions were designed to allow freedom of expression and they generated an exceptionally high number of critically productive comments. Multiple respondents’ choices were recorded, but ‘skipped questions’ and ‘no response’ were not and therefore bore no influence on the presented statistical outcomes.

Links to information on each organisation can be found in appendices along with details of forty four (44) unmapped organisations identified for future contact.

This was a fact-finding exercise to identify underlying trends; these have been identified and highlighted using graphic software and filter analysis. Each respondent’s additional critical comments are also printed after each result graphic to aid synthesis of the data.


This survey and resulting data aimed to identify and raise important issues directly and indirectly affecting key operators and stake holders in the music support and development sector. From the outset it became apparent that to take the clearest sector ‘snapshot’, all those practising organisations, departments and bodies would need to be indentified and connected with as participants in the online survey questionnaire.

The large number and variety of respondents has resulted in sector wide coverage generating a resulting selection of quantitative data that can be used to inform a decision making process.

We look forward to your views and suggestions.

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Peter Jenkinson – Music is Ours

Click to Download PDF here: National Survey and Mapping Exercise assessing provision & scope of music support work across UK 2009

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