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Birmingham & Black Country Music Network Minutes Thurs 3rd December

BCMN Minutes

Thursday 3rd December 2009

Present

Andy Derrick – Sostenuto LLP, – info@sostenuto.org.uk

ADJQ – Jazz fusion quartet – www.adjq.co.uk

Steve Rubenstein – performer of 40 years experience, solo performer – orangepip@south66.fsnet.co.uk

Rob Heaton – Routes To Music graduate, starting a freelance music business, HNC in music production, choral singer looking to develop music production business – bert@wanderful.plus.com

Ken Banks – Co-owner and director of Major Key Studios, foundation degrees for University of Wolverhampton, studio space, TV and live sound recording/production, talent search ‘Captured’ Fridays at the The Public – performance recorded video and edited sound, 32 channel recording with SSL Desk.  Producing a live performance recording for the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra – ken@majorkeystudios.com

David Blakemore – Routes To Music graduate – Winchester University graduate in creative industries – plays guitar, writes music – david_blakemore@hotmail.com

Dale and TracyMASCA – duet performing worldwide covers and original music – acoustic/electric rock – mascamusic@live.co.uk

Belle Sorelle – Hannah Smith, Gemma Parr, Patsy Parr, Bella Bennewith – samparr@parrmarketing.co.uk

 

Minutes

Andy Derrick – Sostenuto LLP runs the Black Country Music Network and chairs the meetings, runs the website http://blackcountrymusicnetwork.wordpress.com

ADJQ – Next gig Fri 11th December, Rush Hour Blues, Symphony Hall Foyer Bar, Broad Street, Birmingham – 5.30pm – www.adjq.co.uk – looking for live bookings of this dynamic and award winning group.

Steve Rubenstein – looking for publishing of original songs –

www.taxi.com was suggested as a way of putting your songs forward for possible inclusion in a variety of products from records, tv programmes, web media and computer games.  Discussion on royalties and what to do followed, people referred to http://www.andyderrick.co.uk for some free articles on PRS and PPL and also to www.prsformusic.com

Belle Sorelle – 4 girl band recently appeared in X Factor going through to the boot camp.  After a series of high profile local and charity events with Bev Bevan and Robert Plant, they are now looking for songwriters interested in writing for Katy Perry / Pink girl band sound.  Contact them at samparr@parrmarketing.co.uk or Julie@parrmarketing.co.uk or visit www.bellesorelle.co.uk

Rob Heaton – looking for opportunities, job experience, internships in radio production, live sound production.  About to start training as a radio volunteer at WCR in Wolverhampton but keen to know of other studio opportunities available.

Masca – Built a reputation as a function act and originals band all over the world in many settings.  Now based again in the UK, they are looking for live music opportunities in the Midlands for their Electric/Acoustic Duo – www.masca.co.ukmascamusic@live.co.uk

The Black Country Music Network is next meeting on the following dates

Thursday 21st January 2010 – 4pm

Thursday 11th February 2010 – 4pm

Thursday 4th March 2010 – 4pm

All meetings take place at Major Key Studios, The Public, West Bromwich

The Black Country Music Network is run by Sostenuto LLP – www.sostenuto.org.uk – an organisation dedicated to supporting and advising the creative industries.

The network is supported by Ken Banks and Phil Savage of Major Key Studios based at The Public who provide us with free meeting space and refreshments.

www.majorkeystudios.com – Visit their website to see more about the services and facilities on offer at their studios, the live music performance opportunities and their work helping to support the music industry in the Black Country – many thanks guys.

How does Iron Man Records choose it’s artists and how does it promote them?

An article about Iron Man Records, Birmingham writtten by JANINE LABUSCAGNE BA (HONS) Media & Communication, University of Central England, 2007.

“…..There are two kinds of music – good music and bad music.  Good music is music that I want to hear.  Bad music that I don’t want to hear” Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978

The objective of this study discusses promotional strategies generated by the independent record label, Iron Man Records.  The research examined the use of the Internet as a free marketing tool and how traditional methods of running a label did not have an affect on Iron Man.  Discussing this, I examined the theoretical areas of music industries, promotion and punk in order to understand and gain a solid background for the development of my research.

Conclusions are then put forward after conducting a participant observation, that social networks play the biggest part in promotion for the label.  Findings throughout the research have been put forward about the different strategies used in the process of online promotion, as well as more general suggestions for further research.

‘De muziek is de geleende creativiteit en motivatie in ons leven’ (translated from Dutch), music is the borrowed creativity and motivation in our lives.  The music industry has had one of the biggest influences in our lives and on our culture.  An example of this would be Wall (2003) and Anderson’s (2006) statements which look at popular music as the: “soundtrack to our lives” (2003; 1) and that “we are consumed by hits – making them, choosing them, talking about them, and following their rise and fall” (2006; 2).  The world of the music industry is one which has been forced to make changes because of the constant development of new technologies.  These changes are in order to keep fans consuming the product that is for sale – music.  Britain is a nation of music lovers and we buy more music than any other country – four units per capita each year (IFPI Recording Industry in Numbers 2002).

The music genre known as punk, has been around since the late 1960s, when unemployment was a prominent social feature in Britain.  It would appear that we are currently witnessing a re-evolution of the music industry and punk’s DIY (do-it-yourself) ethos within independent record labels.  Beyond the development and creation of music, technology has created an impact on the production, distribution, and consumption of ‘Iron Man Records’ music.  “Record companies see the other media as promotional avenues for their music” (Wall 2003; 111).  There are many new and different social networks such as MySpace, MOG and Flickr which will be one of the main areas of focus for the research.  These social networks have evolved on the Internet and the trend displayed by many bands in choosing independent record labels, such as Iron Man Records, above major record labels demonstrates what Barrow and Newby argued about how the music industry:

“Without popular recording artists there would be no music business and without record companies there would be no musical product to be bought in the shops” (1995: 2-3).

The research question, ‘How does the punk music label, Iron Man Records, choose its artists and how does it promote them?’ is a significant topic in the industry to investigate.  The independent label has not been explored in depth before, although academics have looked at similar areas of the music industry.  The study will look at how relationships are being built between a record label, the music industry and bands.  The study also looks at what steps are being taken to promote and market Iron Man Records music. Read more here: Click link for full article on Iron Man Records

The Music Network Monthly Meeting will be at Major Key Studios on December 3rd

There will be no meeting this month of The Music Network at the TEE.

The Music Network Meeting will now be taking place on December 3rd at 4pm at Major Key Studios.

The Music Network Meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th November 2009 at the TEE has been moved to Major Key Studios as Creative Networks will not be meeting again until February and we have decided to honour repeated requests for a change of location. So, for those of you still confused the details are as follows

The Music Network

Meeting date: Thursday December 3, 2009
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Major Key Studios, The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 7PG

The Music Network is open to all

Come and Join us, 4pm til 6pm at Major Key Studios, The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 7PG Tel: 0121 533 7137

If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people.

The Music Network organises a NETWORKING EVENT on the first Thursday of each month, for the benefit of music related businesses in the West Midlands region.

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 to you.

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 quality entertainment…you are all invited.

http://www.birminghammusicnetwork.com
http://blackcountrymusicnetwork.wordpress.com

Warning: It’s not about computers or playing with social networks, its about talking to people face to face and Music.

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