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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 30th April 2015

“We started Birmingham Music Network and The Screen Image Network to act as a meeting point and gathering place for the regions Music and Film community. Together we are creating a new way to work. The two networks are an organic thing that have grown directly out of the enthusiasm of a disparate group of creative individuals. The meetings are for people who are trying to find a different way to make a life and express their ideas outside the structures of conventional business models, academia, government and the funding machinery of the West Midlands.”

The next Music Network will be led by Anthony Hughes. The meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm on Thursday 30th April 2015 in Room 435 at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

The Music Network Meeting will also include Birmingham Screen Image Network.

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

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

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Then Creative Networks from 5.45PM UNTIL 8.45PM www.creativenetworksonline.com

5.45pm Registration followed by complimentary food/refreshments and networking in our Cafe

7.00pm Speaker: BCU Millennium Point Lecture Theatre, 8.15pm Q & A, 8.45pm Event ends

To join us for this FREE event, please register at www.bcucreativenetworks.eventbrite.co.uk

or email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 331 5400.

Alternatively, register online at our website www.creativenetworksonline.com

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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The next Music Network will be led by Anthony Hughes. The meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm on Thursday 30th October 2014 in Room 435 at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

The Music Network Meeting will also include Birmingham Screen Image Network.

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

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

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January 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 30th January 2014

Present: Robin Valk – Radio To Go, Matt Fisher – Giraffe Audio, Nick Romluc – Giraffe Audio, Yaz Alexander – Domeclub / Indie Artist, Mark Sampson – Iron Man Records / Birmingham Music Network, Adrian Kimberline – Exit Recording, Dave Simcox – Lichfield Arts, Dan Griffin – Illustrator / Animator, Dan Nicholas – Interested in Music Platforms, Peter Murtagh – Freelance Audio Engineer, Laura – Student BCU, Patrick – Student BCU

New Points

Robin Valk – Radio To Go

Talked about some of the articles on his blog:

Boat to Row: The hot topics are a tour, a single on vinyl and download, their own label, and a video shot for very little money. We’re weighing up what they should charge for the single launch gig on February 28th, with the vinyl thrown in. http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/Boat-To-Row-Rock.html

The BBC in the midlands: I’m a big BBC fan. I see and hear inspiring stuff on the Beeb. More often than not, I give up in boredom, despair or disbelief watching and listening to anyone else. I use the BBC website every day. I respect Reithian principles. http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/Desolation-Of-Smug-BBC-InMidlands.html

Read more here: http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk

Yaz Alexander

We’re currently looking for an inexpensive venue for the dome, so we can run commercial shows & work with local students & artists. If you love art, film and music you’ll love this – for everyone interested in digital film, photography, graphic design, 360 degree film technology, art, music, dance, theatre, drama, script-writing, collaborative work and much more check out www.domeclub.co.uk

18:00 – Best of DomeFest : http://bit.ly/dcbodf
19:30 – Jena Festival 2013 : http://bit.ly/dcj13
21:00 – Dark Side of the Moon : http://bit.ly/dcdsotm (sold out)

To book your tickets click the link above for the show you’d like to see! (No password required)

This is an exciting new medium that needs to be seen in person to get the full experience.

Dome Club has enjoyed a superb first season at The Custard Factory. All tickets sold out half way through the month and the happy customers and encouraging comments on our Facebook page – as well as a number of positive reviews elsewhere – bear witness to the appeal of the fulldome experience.

We’re putting on an extra event this Friday 31st January consisting of three special performances.

We’ve reduced tickets to only 30 per performance, so don’t delay.

The events have been going well and the Pink Floyd shows have been selling out each time so get your tickets early.

Dome Club are looking for people to create content for showing on the Dome Screen

Ideas suggested to get in touch with Alex Patterson, The Orb, John Sinclair, Youth about the 360 dome club idea….

Discussion followed….

“success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”

mention of gerv at mission print and lunar festival

Nick Giraffe Audio

A few questions about Dome Club and discussion followed.

Dave Simcox

www.lichfieldarts.org.uk 07989 165361 dave.simcox@lichfieldarts.org.uk
Lichfield is only 30mins from Birmingham city center
In March they have a rock night, with three bands for £6
Idea to bring out a younger audience
Fred Zeppelin are playing
Fuse festival happens every year
Dance Circus skills, spoken word. A lot of work is going into programming interesting events in Lichfield for younger audiences right up to the more senior audiences. Anyone with good ideas or suggestions is welcome to get in touch. Dave would like to hear from good bands, booking agents, theatre or event organisers with pitches for events to be considered by Lichfield Arts.

Dan Griffin
Animator…had a few points to make and questions about Dome Club. He is interested in providing content for the 360 screen.

Peter Murtagh
freelance audio editor looking for work
peterjmurtagh@gmail.com

Laura – student at BCU

Looking for work experience in the music industry. Music Management, A&R. A number of suggestions made and offer of work experience from Iron Man Records.

Next meeting will be last Thursday of February from 4pm-5.30pm

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 30th January 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be led by Mark Badger on Thursday 30th January 2014.

The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm 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.

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.

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

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CREATIVE NETWORKS updated Schedule coming up later in 2014

2014

30 Jan – 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 Continue reading

30th May 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting May 30th. 4:30-6:00pm

Speaker : Nick J.Townsend (WEAK13)

Apologies:

Mark Badger

Attending:

Jaum – Bassist from Spain (Wolverhampton University music student)

Ryan Hill and Tony Guice represent Music Propagator CIC and the label Propagator Records.

Both are looking to give opportunities for young musicians, songwriters and bands. They aim to stage 10-16 live music events this year and area excited by the news of their first Propagator Presents event at the Birmingham 02 Academy 3 which takes place on July 13th. Their main website is www.propagatorrecords.co.uk and all their contact details are on there.

Manoj Solanki is an all round dance music enthusiast and specialises in drum ‘n bass, breakbeat and electronica. He is looking for companies or labels to take his music seriously along with his producing skills. Manoj has a soundcloud which demonstrates some of his talents and can be heard on www.soundcloud.come/outway and he is open to consider any interesting music projects that require his expertise.

George the bassist for the act Marc Malone along with Marc himself are looking for help with their band and are seeking management and promotion to help get their music noticed. Marc Malone is playing next at the Asylum 2 in Birmingham on Friday 5th july, their website is www.marcmalone.co.uk and their new EP is titled Shadow Side and is available on http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Side-Explicit/dp/B00C7RRODA

Musicians Gary Haywood, Sarah Birks and Tony Birks represent Acoustic 1 Radio which is one of Birmingham’s, if not the first, Acoustic Radio programmes. The show plays both unsigned and music from famous artists. Their show can be found on www.acoustic1radio.biz and they also have a Facebook page which is Facebook.Com/Acoustic1radio so if you are an acoustic artist, songwriter or your band has an acoustic tune you want to plug then email them on: acoustic1radio@hotmail.co.uk as they are looking for artists to play on their show.

Gillian Stapleton is a singer songwriter and script writer and has recently been offended by how the organisation known as Creative England isn’t taking her music seriously. Is this an isolated case or has anyone else had similar dealings? According to Gillian the company Creative England which has been awarded funds from the National Lottery has been very unsupportive not only to her but Birmingham applicants. Gillian music can be heard on www.myspace.com/gillianstapleton2

Nick J.Townsend runs the Midlands rock band WEAK13 and is happy to invite people to watch his band’s 10th music video titled Sex Pest which is on YouTube. WEAK13 are grateful for any help with promoting this music video which is commercial despite the title. The video can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vhPVdTwJl8

Emma Scott who is one of the people in charge of marketing for Birmingham University is keen to inform all about a brand new music building at the University which opened November 2012 which is named the Bramall Music Building. Emma would like music, promoters, labels and companies etc to be aware that the venue is available for hire. The website for the Bramall Music Building is www.venuebirmingham.com and also reveals previously hosting concerts, weddings, conferences, The 2010 General Elections Leaders Debate and the Antiques Roadshow.

Peter Harris is a music producer and Dance music specialist. He wants to see a new music festival take place in Birmingham that welcomes all music forms. Peter is making an album that fuses all genres dance, rock, ska, metal, a cappella and reggae and is seeking different singers for each track.

If you would like to be involved with this exciting music project then contact Peter on www.soundcloud.com/darkfiredub

Clare Edwards – Festival Producer of Simmer Down Reggae Festival in Handsworth Park in Birmingham and Voices Now Choral Festival at the Roundhouse in London.

Question:

Musically, what works in your favour in Birmingham and what works against you?

Bandstands need to be used, the permission system is unknown and complicated, can the city council allow people to understand the liability insurance rules and make playing on all the lovely Bandstands in the city more possible.

“I work outside of Birmingham, a lot of variety of music but from talking to musicians there aren’t many paid gigs” – Juam

“Some amazing venues in Brum but it is harder to get gigs, not much money in Birmingham music, the general public won’t see the great artists Birmingham offers as there are few bands and performers being paid. Later buses to venues would be nice, free carparking, make it less harder for people to set up, public need more awareness of the venues around Birmingham too such as The Roadhouse (Stirchley)”

– Tony & Ryan Hill

“Loads of good venues, but there are problems, some great places but hard to travel to. Such as The Roadhouse and Route 44” – George (marc malone)

“The curfew in Birmingham venues is a massive problem so you can’t mix people, what would be good is if promoters and venues ran club events alongside to go on after live Birmingham events”

– Marc Malone

“Birmingham needs to do more, as far as the live scene is concerned it has a good openmic scene but it is not backed Birmingham council”

– Gary Haywood

“Lowfunding in Birmingham for artists and projects,can keep young people off the streets,community radio needs to be funded”

– Sarah Birks

“Using public performance spaces, it is sealed in red tape, it will cost you so much, at least £350 for permission, bring down the prices, make it easy for local artists and bands to set up public events, bands need the freedom to do their bit for the community. Have booking procedures needed, maybe make it easier for the bands to approach a park officials as not everyone can understand all the unnecessary red tape, park officials should be more active promoting band stands looking for live music”

– Tony birks

“Film screenplay writers are in need of funding, they feel removed, Birmingham has less funding now for script writers, Creative England has cut facilities”

– Gillian Stapleton

“Festival events ,the cancellation of Birmingham Arts Festival is not good, more funding cut, is there any chance we can have a B-Fest made?”

– Peter Harris

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 30th May 2013

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.

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Next Music Network – 4pm Thurs 30th June

The Music Network is open to all on Thursday 30th June 2011 at Millennium Point, Birmingham. The Meeting will be from 4pm til 5.30pm at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG. Join us on Twitter for regular updates and discussion.

We invite you to answer 10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry and contribute to the dialogue on the issues involved. The Ten Questions have already been answered by: Andy Derrick, Keisha Thompson, Jon Cotton, Pam Bishop, Andy Roberts, Ben Calvert.

The Music Network, Birmingham, 2008

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.

There will be luxury chocolate biscuits and good coffee for all. There’s food and drink afterwards supplied by the Creative Networks too. Please pass this invite on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.

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

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September 2010 Music Network Meeting Minutes

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,

Andy Derrick:
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.

 http://www.jazznetwork.wordpress.com
email: midlandsjazznetwork@gmail.com 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.
http://www.blackcountrymusicnetwork.wordpress.com

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
http://www.musoplex.com
email: andy@musoplex.com

Kate Southall:

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: scene.and.not.herd@live.co.uk
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…..

www.jbsdudley.co.uk
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.

Clare Edwards:
Soweto Kinch: “new emancipation” new album is out.
www.soweto-kinch.com

Clare said if you look up bbc music website…it has review with clips from each track.

Darren Roberts
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 dxr827@bham.ac.uk

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

John Taylor

Black Sheep Records: John runs a small independent label based in Worcester called Blacksheep records, currently email is: john@blacksheeprecords.co.uk
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.

www.wmf2010.co.uk

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,

Adrian Kimberline
www.AdrianKimberline.com
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

The Music Network – 4pm Thursday 30th September 2010, Birmingham T.E.E, Millennium Point, Birmingham, B4 7XG. All Invited

The Next Music Network meeting will be in September 2010

The Music Network is open to all on Thursday 30th September 2010

The Meeting will be lead this month by Mark Badger from 4pm til 6pm at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

The Music Network, Birmingham, 2008

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 gig dates or press release information for inclusion on the website and for distribution through the mailing list and RSS feed. More details on the website.

There will be luxury chocolate biscuits and good coffee for all. There’s food and drink afterwards supplied by the creative networks too. Please pass this invite on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.

https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Come and Join us.

About Mark Badger:

Mark runs Iron Man Records, based in Birmingham England. The record label has been running since 1996 and in 2000 he set up Birmingham Music Network which is also known as just The Music Network.

Mark has organised more than 1000 gigs in and around Birmingham since 1994 using many different identities but most of them used the name Badger Promotions until 2002.

Mark plays in a band called Last Under The Sun and another called Police Bastard. He works as a tour manager and driver helping bands out on the live circuit and when he finds time he writes and maintains several music related blogs. Mark has assembled simple online strategies for established bands, like the The Orb, and countless other new bands who have asked for help.

Mark has done some lecturing at Birmingham City University as part of their Music Business degree course, and bits and pieces for the Musicians Union, Birmingham City Council, Learning and Skills Council and Advantage West Midlands.

Mark also operates a shop on ebay selling all sorts of good alternative music on cd or vinyl.