The next Music Network meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm on Thursday 29th May 2014 at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

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

Read minutes from previous meetings here: http://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

Robin Valk writes a blog called Radio To Go. He has published an ebook called Survivors and it contains some interesting stories about local bands and artists. Here’s the link to the Amazon page for Robin’s ebook http://tinyurl.com/n8fwutp

On selected Fridays in May, June and July, Robin will be running a freebie download promotion, when people can grab the book from Amazon completely free. Dates to be announced on the Fridays themselves via Twitter @RobinTValk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RTGebooks?ref=hl

IFPI and RIAA 2013 Music Sales Figures – There are positive signs but overall they make for troubling reading. Total sales were down 3.9%. Based on 2012 numbers the trend suggested that 2013 revenues should have registered a 2% growth, so that is a -6% swing in momentum. Digital grew by 4.3% which was not enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales, which has been the story every year since 2000 except last. Download sales declined by 1%. Continued competition from apps and other entertainment, coupled with subscriptions poaching the most valuable download buyers is finally taking its toll. Subscriptions up by 51%: An impressively strong year for subscriptions but not enough to make the digital increase bigger than the physical decline on a global basis nor in key markets, including the US. Read it all in full here 

The Death of the Long Tail: MUSICIANS MUST READ: 1% of Artists earn 77% of the income…..

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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.

I have updated the Music Strategy page here, there are a number of interesting articles on the subject of Music, Birmingham and what can be done to inspire, develop and promote music from the region. Some of the opinion pieces are really worth reading and there are a few videos to watch too. If anyone would like to contribute any other articles for inclusion, please send an email with futher details, files, or links to mark at birminghammusicnetwork.com.

CREATIVE NETWORKS updated Schedule:

2014

29 May – Creative Networks event, Café 6pm–7pm, Lecture Theatre 7pm–9pm, preceded by The Birmingham Music Network Room 435 & Birmingham Screen Image Network Room 436, both 4pm–6pm

26 June – NO CN EVENT
Birmingham Music Network Room 435 & Birmingham Screen Image Network Room 436, both 4pm–6pm

31 July – NO CN EVENT
Birmingham Music Network Room 435 & Birmingham Screen Image Network Room 436, both 4pm–6pm

Aug – NONE