Mark Badger, Richard Mitton, Adrian Kimberline, Marcus Taylor, Gary Heywood, Kevin Moore, Nigel Right, Germaine Roberts, Jimmy Davis, Saurab Thomas, Raol, Rob Heaton, Richard Skelding, Clyde Mckenzie, Mart Mullan, Yannis Yfestos, Keisha Thomapson, Elisha Baptiste
Andy Derrick, Anthony Hughes, Clare Edwards, Kate Southall, Andy Ward
Present: Andy Derrick, Adrian Kimberlin, Darren Roberts, Gary Heywood, Colin Tippin, Vince O’Malley, Iona, Robin valk,
Apologies: Anthony Hughes Clare Edwards Kate Southall Andy Ward
Announcements: Andy Derrick, Mark Badger
New Points: Darren Roberts, Robin Valk, Ioana, Mo Hawk, Colin Tippin, Andy Derrick,
Andy Derrick: Andy would like to acknowledge and thank Dave Taylor at BCU for help and support given to The Music Network and of course for supplying Teas and Coffees for the meeting.
Andy lead a discussion about #quitmyspaceday blogged about by Andrew Dubber and the Issues surrounding Myspace both For and Against.
Andy made the point that Myspace is still valid for many people but wanted to ask who else still uses myspace? A lively conversation followed.
Against: Agreed that it is a terrible interface. Myspace appears to be in decline.
For: Still a useful resource to find out about stuff. Some bands still find they need to use myspace as many people they wish to engage are still to be found on myspace.
If you google a bands name at present….usually first result is myspace.
Suggested alternatives: bandcamp, reverbnation, build your own wordpress site,
Concensus of opinion: Think, be independent, do what you think is suitable for your needs. Andy has invited people to add comments at: www.andyderrick.co.uk
Robin Valk: The Pilot Project www.pilot-project.co.uk Bristish Library New Music Network Website goes Live on 18th November, Project is working with The British Library. There is an Audio Restoration project already going on but Robin is interested in targetting contemporary music and had an idea to start an experimental project on a regional basis to assemble a project.
This will be a curated site as opposed to a band nominated site.
Clare Edwards, Katy Jay, Richard Elms, and many others have been invited to be involved.
Idea is to run the project for five years.
Nick J Townsend: Made an interesting point that if you live in Kidderminster you can get airplay on Radio Hereford and Worcester but if you live in Brierly Hill, Dudley, Stourbridge then West Midlands Radio doesn’t seem to recognise those areas as part of their geographic catchment area and so does not prioritise playing or engaging music produced in those areas.
Ioana: Uncle Jeb events Bristish Bands to Romania Ioana based in birmingham, she takes rising Birmingham or British bands and organises gigs for them in Bucharest Romania, covers their expenses.
Ioana is looking for indie, guitar based rock, post punk, punk bands
She is looking for bands with a unique selling point
Contact: Ioana Epure www.unclejebediah.co.uk Uncle Jebediah Ltd Trading as UnkleJeb Events, Aston Cross, 6 rocky lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5RQ (+44) 0755 476 5967 / (+40) 0724 249 379 She is also a photographer and journalist
Mo Hawk Artist fusing African music Styles and Hip Hop Looking for words of wisdom about how to market and promote their music in Birmingham. Suggestions made Giles Petersen The Block Studio Mo Hawk Gambia tel: 220-9983980, 220-4371508 Sweden mobile 46736465996 Mohawkk1@yahoo.com http://www.theblockstudios.com
Programme called “rooted” about promoting African languages If anyone can help with a Birmingham gig and help marketing and promoting the record.
Darren Roberts: Working on research to include local people involved with music in local government and politics he has spoken to Councillor Martin Mullaney suggestions made of Ernie Hendricks, Ed Vasey, David Furmage, Also playing a gig: 20th november: the void at the actress and bishop contact Darren: dxr827 at bham.ac.uk
Colin and Vince: www.musicalexchanges.com Recruit area where people can find each other, auction area on there online shopping center for anything music related. The website is coming together, has a social networking tool A flyer was given out with more info
Nick J Townsend: Provided feedback on the Dudly jbs situation. The gig he organised was very successful and the publicity that the venue has had has helped bring in a lot of interest
Mark Badger (Iron Man Records / The Music Network), Keisha Thompson (M.M.I), Simon Howes (Sound Engineer), Hannah Smith (‘iamRuby’ Singer Songwriter), Darren Roberts (University of Birmingham), Kieran Williams (ATM), Gary Seeney (Birmingham Yamaha School of Music / Melting Ice Artist Management), Marc Malone (ATM Malone Productions), Richard Mitton (Mitton Audio Live Engineer / producer), Michael Wood(Songwriter performer Composer), Jenny Tate (Violet Sky Management Ltd), Andy Roberts (Blue Whale Studios), Sebastion Tulinski (Decibel Studio), Steve Beddington (Gotseen.com), Kieran Graham (Gotseen.com), Clare Edwards (Soweto Kinch productions), Nicola Toms OxjamBrum, Rose Brown Upbeat PR, Mark Winters (BCC / Songwriter / Performer), Adrian Kimberlin (Exit Recording), Saurabh Thomas (BCI Student), Alice Martinez (Academy of Gospel Music),Itehl Campbell (Accuprint / Promo), Thomas Richardson, GuillameRousere, Spence Cater (Focuspoint photography.co.uk), Ed King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
apologies: Dusky Edwards, Anthony Hughes, Andy Derrick,
Steve Beddington: Gotseen.com Music Website, similar to myspace, artist’s do what they like Gotseen.com offers live streaming of gigs across the net. At The moment they have permission to use the 02Academy Recent good reviews in Music Week and Guardian 6 months old so far. Contact: steve at gotseen.com
Michael: A songwriter, interested in working to promote a christmas song Looking for a music producer and someone who knows what to do with a christmas song suggestions: Barry Tomes? Gotham Records? discussion followed.
Rich: A sound engineer, interested in looking for work providing technical support he can offer production management, front of house engineer, looking for work www.mittonaudio.wordpress.com Sound engineer for hire plus all forms of production and technical support.
Darren: Doing a phd at Birmingham university. He wants to talk to people as part of his research, looking to talk to people in the music industry in attempt to get an idea of what happens in the growth and development of entities in the music industry. He is looking at power relations within the industry. email@example.com 07727689806 please get in touch if you want to participate.
Kieran: Currently working with ITV fixers and looking to get his music into tv like bbc looking for event opportunities www.myspace.com/kvibe1 07973998661
Keisha Thompson: Here on behalf of a friend organising shows on the 2nd and 4th week of month at the yardbird if you are an artist or musician and want to play at Yardbird if you want to play jazz blues reggae or soul or acoustic: Call: 07776 480734
Clare Edwards: The Flyover Show working with Soweto Kinch www.soweto-kinch.com Miss Dynamite will be playing and exclusively performing new single for first time at the event. 29th May 2010 Saturday its all freeif anyone wants to volunteer get in touch with clare edwards. clareedwards at mac.com 07973694913 www.theflyovershow.comEd King: First year he has worked on the Flyover Show. Concept of the event is using parts of the city that dont usually get used for music.
Nicola: Oxjam Birmingham wants to put out request for help. Oxjam is run by volunteers with other full time jobs Oxjam are trying to recruit a team of volunteers, marketing coordinator, production coordinator, fundraining coordinator details on website www.oxjambrum.org.uk deadline to apply is 9th May. Job starts early june also recruiting for one other position: smaller music event organisers in the region wanted for an idea to put on more events in October which is oxjam month. Oxjam Month is a music month that runs up and down the country.
Rose: Student from BCU Rose said that one of the researchers at BCU came up with an idea of a Birmingham Music Month and tried to organise it last year but the project didnt work and was deemed a failure. BCU has suggested birmingham music month should be run as a student project this year and the students are keen to do it properly this time and make it work. The whole idea of a Birmingham Music Month is being relaunched and May is now the Music Month. Rose asked that anyone who wants to get involved in BirminghamMusic Month should get in touch, in particular anyone organising an event in the month of May. Currently the only event organised under Birmingham Music Month is an all day event at the Rainbow May 6th from 2pm www.brummusicmonth.co.uk May is now brum music month the charity to benefit from bum music month will be sound it out. It would be great if people can come to the event or if people want to get involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Winters New library of Birmingham is starting to be put together, in 2013 it will be a brand new building, possibly to include a recording or rehearsal studios, maybe looking at partnerships to help plan rooms or ideas for the new library email@example.com
Hannah: Singer Songwriter in pop rock genre ‘iamRuby’ is her artist name She has co-written many of the songs and she wants to get these songs out to other producers also interested in opportunities to play and perfom from september onwards, interested in collaborations. she will be doing national schools tour backed by global radio and idea is that in certain areas they will be media partners iamRuby@hotmail.co.uk
Tom: in a band called Thomas Richardson Blues Band. His band have started opening up for band called after hours band play originals to covers, play a lot of blues music. Tom is also a sound engineer from yardbird, used to work at venues, foh, thomas.blrichardson at gmail.com
Tom asked about places to play and suggestions made included: tower of song, southern blues collective,
from south birmingham college Kevin is head of Music at South Birmingham Community Radio He is getting ready for next broadcast and on internet Kevin wants bands and labels to get in touch: send in cds or mp3 www.southbirminghamcommunityradio.co.uk sbcradio at gmail.com put: “attention head of music” in subject of any emails
Lee Ditto music Ditto distribute about 12,000 artists and help people set up record labels etc firstname.lastname@example.org 0121 551 6624 also offer digital pr
Alice: Works at Academy of Gospel Music just opened in hockley Its a christian type organisation Currently looking for opportunities she is a manager of amazing artist called: www.myspace.com/afropunkno1 live sound engineer and also studio engineer email@example.com studio based in hockley part of academny of gosel music
Andy from Blue Whale Studios does a show on Rhubarb Radio, get in touch with cds or mp3 for airplay
Birmingham Social Media Cafe for anyone interested in social media 10am at the coffee lounge navigation street downstairs www.birminghamsmc.com