Birmingham Music Network / Screen Image Network Meeting – 9th October 2017
Present: Mark Badger, Anthony Hughes, Rachel Mayfield, Mark Arnott-Job, Sarah Marshall, Monnei Lamar, Mark Malone, Joel Wilson, Ian Davies.
At The Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham
Introduction to BMN and overview of the meetings from 2000 to 2017.
Meetings are for anyone working in music or related activities, to promote and share knowledge
Mark (Iron Man Records, BMN, Tour Management, Music Promotion etc) https://ironmanrecords.net
In the process of releasing Rachel Mayfield’s album Winter Of Desire on Iron Man Records.
Discussion about Tour Management and what it involves.
Monnei Lamar www.bacpay.com
Has Relocated from London, runs a Recording studio.
Predominantly Reggae. Looking for artists and others to work with in Reggae Genre.
Ian Davies http://iandaviesphoto.com
Photographer – has some work in the exhibition Show Me Your Birmingham on show at The Gunmakers Arms
Sarah Marshall https://www.thepeoplesorchestra.com
Peoples Orchestra – Based in West Bromwich
Mark Malone – (Torus – band) https://www.facebook.com/Torousishere/
Joel Wilson – Rap vocalist , cheer leader for others
Made a film about Birmingham called “Levitate”
Is due to release an album through Iron Man Records
Show Me Your Birmingham is an Exhibition with Talks / Workshops over the next week
Lots of Birmingham based artists and performers with a pass entry for all events
Headline party next Sunday
‘Show Me Your Birmingham’
Is now in its 3rd year
The organisation is only financially supported by those attending and buying entry
The ambition is to develop this – supported by some sponsorship such as the Gunmakers Arms/Brewery supporting by providing the use of the space free.
Independence is very important
If anyone wants to also use the space for events /exhibitions or launches – please talk to the brewery
Relocating from London, Reggae is a difficult genre to promote.
This type of meeting is essential for Birmingham where knowledge can be shared., there are a lot in London but not Birmingham
It is important and Birmingham is really taking off .
The city is supporting some things but there is an assumption that people are ready to deal with the red tape associated with council funding schemes . He is encouraging better support for creatives with easier access to support and not just focused on getting people ready to move out of Birmingham to London.
* (Then followed a discussion about genres, level of knowledge of how to make money from music etc and touring other countries to find an audience)
Joel recommended midlands artists
Miss C Brown – organises international trips
Call Me Unique – organises international trips
Other musicians who know how to play the Export business.
Finding the funding to attend conventions and festivals etc
Birmingham has an amazing creative scene such as poetry / spoken word at the moment.
Birmingham has 86 poetry events just this month alone! – this is an area that is booming! Recently an event had 250 in a cafe. Other countries are interested in English speaking poetry etc
Local poets have done a lot to promote this – and in the last 10 years this has really taken off Poetry / Spoken Word
Freelance photographer – Spent 15 years in London
Has started a project on ‘Brum Creatives’ photographing 30 portraits leading to an exhibition with another 30 – 40 to go
Has some photographs in the exhibition (Gunmakers Arms as part of Show Me Your Birmingham)
Produced a documentary about the Birmingham music scene
Levitate – a life in music (2014/15) – documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DggPepPDEFA)
Commissioned by Tessa Burwood
Based in Sandwell
An amateur orchestra – they perform at flashmobs and have been on BBC as one of the top 5 amateurs in UK
Currently looking for drummers
Most concerts in West Brom of Bham – Mostly film music
Next week Harry Potter/Lord of the rings
Also cover metal and rock and other genres
The orchestra uses live music performance and has another role helping people into work by volunteering and getting them involved , building their skills
Majority Grant funding
Has also started looking at orchestra processes and procedures (Selling tickets/ networking effectively) and so has launched free ticketing and network . An online shop etc – no fees – open to all creative people to use
Artists can load up work and have a profile online . Start projects etc. Has an exchange/ Skills swap / market place etc
Originated as part of Birmingham city council intranet
Insurance company – willing to offer flexible insurance with additions to policy without negotiating a new policy.
Mark Malone – (Torus – band)
Was based in London and studied there.
relocated to Birmingham
Plays guitar – formed Taurus 3.5 years ago
Has been signed to an independent label – getting 30k streams on spotify
Looking for Tour promotion and Management
Looking for bassist for the band, gigs and tour lined up – contact via www.torous.co.uk
Rehearse at Muthers
Film production projects
Interested in supporting local musicians and artists
Has made a local film with 4 projects aimed at getting Churches involved in becoming patrons of the arts
Christian artists working in a variety of unusual works/artworks etc
Locally working with a few bands trying to support by making music videos
As a musician – working on two projects A rap project (EP) rapping from the perspective of future grandchildren
Made videos for label
Strange Ghost (band)
Suggested find patrons to support labels and projects which helps to support individual projects
Cocomad festival Cotteridge (CoCoMAD Festival – Home | Facebook)