4 Oct 2010
The Music Network Meeting Minutes 30th September 2010
Present: Mark Sampson, Darren Roberts, Clare Edwards, Adrian Kimberline, Andy Derrick, Andy Ward, Kate Southall, Simon Howes, Chris Whiting, John Taylor, Nick J Townsend, Saurab Thomas, Parminder, Chris,
Apologies: Robin Valk Radiotogo.com, Anthony Hughes Screen WM,
Midlands Jazz Network, trying to build a community of Jazz Musicians. A hub online of Jazz musicians, venues, promoters. Anything from rag time piano right up to modern jazz fusion, funk, fusion etc.
On the website, place for Jazz Musicians to try and secure more work, news items, promoters from Leamington Spa, Coventry, Warwick, Black Country,
It is helping musicians get more gigs, more promotion, perhaps some advice and guidance.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org please send in content, press releases, news, gig dates, anything from the midlands area. The Midlands Jazz network is a resource network for audiences, musicians and promoters of jazz music in the Midlands.
Band directory, festival lists, latest news posts and more
Initially mostly Andy Derricks contacts but now it is becoming more diverse.
Donations are welcome
Promotion by word of mouth, personal recommendation
Andy also is involved with Sostenuto, runs Black Country Music Network.
Black Country Music Network are currently looking for a new venue to meet.
Andy Ward – Musoplex.com:
First releases coming out now on Universal
Musoplex have joined prs and ppl
Katy Jay did photography for indian artist called Mehsopuria album called “Fearless” available on Universal in UK
Musoplex Filmed second video for the album
Musoplex.com is a Recording Studio, it has 4 Rehearsal Rooms, a Publishing arm, a Record Label, Photo Stage, Video Stage, and supplies and prints Merchandise.
Short runs of tshirts £5 a picee for minimum run of ten shirts.
Simon Reeves is producer and Engineer at Framework Studios
Kate has been a Radio DJ for 11 years and has been much more in public eye since 2007. Kate Launched “Freshly Picked” in 2008 but due to radio and broadcasting changes Katy decided to pick from a group of volunteers a new presenter to take over the show.
Kate plans to operate as Katy Jay doing a new regular podcast called “Scene and not Herd” available for download through iTunes. Katy has left WCR and will be developing a hub or hive for unsigned music aimed at local community radio stations.
Clare Edwards and Katy Jay were picked for having access to diverse music in loads of different styles by Robin Valk who is heading up a Music Archive Project. The project is called “West Midlands Music Pilot” and will be working with the likes of Brumcast, Godiva, and many more. There is a website on the way.
For more info contact Robin@radiotogo.com (ask robin for press release.)
Contact Katy Jay: email@example.com
There is a blog on its way going up on typepad soon.
Nick. J. Townsend:
Nick writes a column for Ryans Gig Guide, runs a Night at Basement Studios each week on a friday, Plays and sings with a his own band called weak 13 and runs Basement Sound Radio.
Nick talked at length about Dudley JBs. JBs is going into administration. Nick has approached JBs to find out what can be done to help. JBs are struggling and needs peoples help and support.
Nick is putting on three good nights between now and Christmas starting on Oct 22nd, all the money goes to the club. Nick suggested that if JBs goes down, it will affect the midlands as there are so few clubs left that can support good touring bands. Nick wants to try and get 1000 people through the door.
Nick wants peoples help to try and market and promote the club by any means to try and help them out.
Jbs needs help with marketing and promotion, it needs people to support the shows, it needs promoters to take on nights and organise shows, it needs people with ideas to come forward and suggest new ways it can move forward and avoid going bust without compromising the sorts of bands it has been working with up to now. A lengthy discussion followed…..
Sam and martin at jbs are the people to talk to. Their email and contact number is on the jbs website.
or contact: Nick J Townsend: www.myspace.com/Weak13music
tel: 07898 181574
Ryans gig Guide now going out to Birmingham, black country, bromsgrove, tamworth, nuneaton, walsall.
Ryans gig Guide is not online, only available as a publication.
Soweto Kinch: “new emancipation” new album is out.
Clare said if you look up bbc music website…it has review with clips from each track.
Darren is at Birmingham University and doing research, talking to people in the music industry, still trying to get stories and voices and opinion on the local music industry.
Some of his research has involved some performance and he has been to base studios, bluewhale studios, exit recording. Musoplex was also suggested.
Darren has a gig gig coming up at actress and bishop 6th november, The Void www.myspace.com/voidd and the show itself is part of his research into what is actually going on in local venues and what bands have to go through to get a show.
Darren has been involved in collaborations too. If anyone is still interested in talking to Darren email Darren firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren wants to talk to people who have experience and some degree of understanding of what they do and etc in the music industry for example
music promoters, venue owners, musicians, labels etc
Black Sheep Records: John runs a small independent label based in Worcester called Blacksheep records, currently email is: email@example.com
John has been involved in the Worcester Music Festival and has just done third year. This years festival included 230 acts in over 30 venues across the city. The event was all voluntary, all genres, raised money for charity, in excess of £5,000 raised.
Site gives details…will be inviting artists for 2011 to submit applications for playing.
Off the back of the first festival from a few years ago, John set up Blacksheep Records to provide a service for artists with limited budget to try and help artists raise their own profile. John provides everything from artwork, design, wesbite, cds, digital distribution etc.
John has a huge love of music and wants to help local artsist get their music out there.
John also works as a business partner with Loungetree, Chis Whiting.
John also trying to organise gigs swaps
Marrsbar, Keystones, a lot of cafe and bars do acoustic music acts, guildhall,
Latest release is act called : heatseeker feat Jackie baker track is called (u r my) inspiration
Next Music Network Meeting will be Thursday 28th October 4pm