Clare Edwards will lead the next Music Network meeting on Thursday 30th May 2013.

The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

What could a Music Tsar for Birmingham do?

Birmingham City Council has appointed a Music Tsar called James Burkmar for the next 6 months so should you be interested in the issues involved, I have posted links to a number of existing articles on the subject of Music, Birmingham and Strategy here. Please read through each of the articles and consider the content carefully in case you find yourself being invited by the Tsar to have a “Targeted Conversation.” Can anyone suggest any other existing articles that the group should read and consider that may have been omitted? All contributions welcome, feel free to bring any thoughts to this month’s meeting for discussion. If you would like to contribute some answers of your own you can answer Ten Questions here or Another Ten Questions here.

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.

The Music Network organises a NETWORKING EVENT on the last Thursday of each month, for the benefit of music related businesses in the West Midlands region. If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people. These Networking events are about all things music in the region. They’re about helping you to teach yourself how to do it, by yourself, for yourself and encourages you to share the knowledge with others so they can do the same. If you are a musician, a student, someone who works with musicians, represents musicians, has involvement with the music industry, or are looking to make new contacts…..the meeting will be useful.

If you have news to report, a presentation to give, an event to promote, any new points for discussion, a pitch to make, business cards or flyers to hand round, an appeal for help, advice or guidance or even if you just want the free tea and biscuits and some serious discussion…you are invited.

You can also post in by email any news or press release information for inclusion on the website and for distribution through the mailing list and RSS feed. More details on the website.

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

Read the minutes from previous meetings here:

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Thinktank’s Planetarium hosts this month’s Creative Networks 30 May PLUS Producers Forum event 19 June at Giant Screen

Fulldome, the emerging 360° digital cinema – Creative Networks at Thinktank’s Planetarium





After the usual registration and complimentary food and refreshment starting at 6pm at Birmingham City University, Creative Networks are delighted to be the Dome Club’s guests at 7pm for an enthralling evening of light and sound shows and a foretaste of future possibilities for collaboration.

A big thank you to Planetarium Manager Mario Di Maggio for hosting this month’s event. Planetarium presenters Zee Dinally and Colin Hutcheson will introduce us to the following examples of the fulldome experience:

·      Zee: Welcome & intro (5min)
·      Colin: Demo (10min) – very briefly setting the context of fulldome’s planetarium origins and subsequent evolution
·      Zee: Student work from Germany (10min) –fulldome quickly took root in German universities the mid-00’s, supported by the Jena Festival  
·      Colin: Artist work from SAT (10min) – La Société des Arts Technologiques [Society for Arts & Technology] in Montreal has in recent years emerged as a giant for fulldome art and not connected to the planetarium industry at all
·      Zee: Fulldome Dance (10min) – together with local artists we were the first in 2007 to put choreographed dance on the dome
·      Colin: Student work from BCU (15min) –Manyee & Muadh’s pieces, something Thinktank Planetarium (and the UK fulldome industry) would like to see a lot more of.
·      Zee & Colin: Conclusion / Q&A – END 8.30pm

Please below for more details. To join us for this FREE event, please email

or call 0121 331 5400. Alternatively, register online at

Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Producers Forum present with Rebel Uncut and Creative Shift
Millennium Point, Giant Screen
1.30-5pm June 19th
“Punk Film”
Embracing the new wave of indie film making.
The Producers Forum invite you to explore , debate and rant about the new wave of film making

From old school to new school , DIY to mainstream, traditional to emerging. An afternoon of showcases and panel debates fused with film clips and popcorn.

In conversation with prominent indie filmmakers including Peter Gerard founder of Distrify and the Raindance Festival Team.

This is a real must for those who want to make films, want to work with film makers, or who just wanna know about film.
It’s free but could change your life!

People can reserve tickets to the day from the birmingham made me site