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Birmingham Music Network and Screen Image Network into 2017

Established in 2000 our networks offer an industry platform for regional creative and cultural clusters. With over 6000 subscribers and online participants, we are a key knowledge transfer and engagement platform –  promoting regional business, developing national and international opportunities and enhancing sector skills.

The monthly Music and Screen Image Networks are changing.

The regular monthly meeting on the last Thursday of each month will no longer be at Millennium Point: Birmingham City University.

For details of meetings, public events and services, please subscribe to our mailing list.

For additional updates please follow us @BirminghamMN and keep an eye on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamMusicNetwork

Our main point of contact remains http://www.birminghammusicnetwork.com

Birmingham Music Network and Screen Image Network

Please note that the monthly music and screen image networks are changing. The regular monthly meeting on the last Thursday of each month will no longer be at Millennium Point: Birmingham City University.

For details of meetings, public events and services, please visit http://www.birminghammusicnetwork.com.

For regular updates please follow us @BirminghamMN and the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamMusicNetwork

You can also subscribe to our mailing list.

Established in 2000 our networks offer an industry platform for regional creative and cultural clusters. With over 6000 subscribers and online participants, we are a key knowledge transfer and engagement platform –  promoting regional business, developing national and international opportunities and enhancing sector skills.

October 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 2nd October 2014

Present: Mark Badger, Michelle Dawes, Vix and her Mischiefs, Dan Joyce, Diane Wiltshire, Ferzana Alcram, Josh Herring, Raul Fermoselle, Harpreet Sohal, Richard Blades, Dennis gig promotion and management, Sunjay Kohli, Dave Taylor and a few latecomers…..

Apologies: Nicola Toms, Anthony Hughes

New Points:

Raul – Has access to a good recording space for recording and the studio is available for free. Raul is Looking for local bands to come and record for free. raul explained it’s part of a educational project so no costs involved for bands but engineers and technicians are all students who will be working as part of their course and gaining experience working with real bands and musicians. If you are in a local band and would like to access the free recording facilities in exchange for giving students a chance to work on your music as part of their course in touch. The Studio is based in millennium point.
Contact: Raul.fermoselle@gmail.com 07508037521

Harpreet: Engineer and producer looking for more bands to record. harpreet is based in Birmingham, the studio is based in Dudley. Recently harpreet has recorded the peoples orchestra. Contact Harpreet 07706955678
hsohal92@hotmail.com

Richard – Stop Motion Animation.
Richard has done corporate videos and work for writers and small businesses also training films and small commissions. He is looking for new work and is always interested in finding music to use and effects sounds which he often finds on the internet. if you are after a good stop motin animator get in touch.
www.bladesanimation.co.uk
richard@bladesanimation.co.uk

SunJay.Kohli@Nubimagazine.com
NUBI magazine
The magazine has had 2 million hits on website in past few months
The Writers are all students
Many of them are from BCU, they create their own stories and put them up for them. if you are a local artist, film maker, musician or creative who would like exposure for your work, get in touch with Sunjay and he may be able to get some of the student writers to take an interest in your work. The platform has a huge readership so this may be an alternative route to finding promotion for your creative projects.

Vix and her Mischiefs
The band have Recorded an EP with Gavin at Magic Garden
Putting the record out through Artists without a Label
Discussion followed with suggestions of online platforms, crowdfunding, press contacts.
Suggestions about video and other ways to get the word out.
Discussion of booking agents and other contacts.
www.Vix.uk.com

Dennis – Gig promotion and management
Dennis has a background in advertising and event management and is looking to set up gigs and music promotion actrivities in Birmingham. he is looking at venues from 200 capacity upwards. if you have any suggestions or ideas for dennis or if you are in a band and would like to be considered for future shows get in touch.
Contact Dennis: dkomis@bunnyhop.eu
Dennis is looking for bands that play music in the general style of  Amercana, Alt country, Alternative rock
Discussion followed about Tower of Song and The Roadhouse, also The Bullshead, and the Dark Horse in moseley

Dan: Works with 16-25 year olds, runs workshops for young people and looking to match young people with work experience.
Access to Music Exhibition takes place on 22nd October. Dan is looking for people to talk to young people about what they do, why they do it and where in the hope of inspiring some of the young people he works with to choose a career that may involve music or music related activities.
Dannyj@foyer.net
The exhibition will be at Access to Music College at Fazeley studios, Birmingham.
If anyone wants to come and talk, set up a stall, talk to young people get in touch

Nicola Toms: looking for some help to spread the word about a project she is working on.  There are some wonderful volunteer opportunities on offer. Our Big Gig EXTRA Birmingham needs you! Love music? Want to shape future events across Birmingham. If you are looking for some fantastic music industry experience then this could be the project for you. We are looking for a team of volunteers to plan and deliver several large scale music events in communities across the city.  Volunteers will be invited to attend a residential training course delivered by industry experts.  The Birmingham team will be led by an experienced project manager and given funding to curate and execute some amazing musical experiences.

Closing date for applications Monday 6th October

More information here:

http://www.superact.org.uk/blog/entry/our-big-gig-extra-to-launch-five-new-music-development-networks
Or contact Nicola Toms, nicola@superact.org.uk 07743 593439 for more details.

Diane – Artist and Creative Director at Nottingham University
Looking at interviewing musicians as part of an artistic project that is looking at the relationship beween music and emotion.
Diane.wiltshire@gmail.com
http://sentimentart.tumblr.com
Diane Wiltshire Artist on Facebook
Funded by Horizon
Digital arts and the arts council. Get in touch with Diane if you are a musician and would like to participate in her project.

Ferzana Setting up a consultancy to help connect birmingham artists and musicians. The project is still in an early stage but she will be back with more detail to share with the group.

Josh – Based at the Conservatoire, Plays in a band called Steady Hands
Josh has done some recordings, got website
discussions about getting his music out
discussion followed as Josh is looking for advice and guidance.
www.steadyhandsmusic.co.uk

Birmingham City Sessions
They record and film bands and its free as part of a student education programme. if you want to get involved with your band or music project contact
birminghamcitysessions@gmail.com

26th June 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 26th June 2014

Present:

Apologies:
Mark Sampson
Andrian Kimberline
Sarah Ann Cromwell

Present:

YAZ : Singer Songwriter (Jazz Reggae)

Performs solo and with a band. Was working with a manager now working solo – looking for contacts /venues etc for live performer
contact: yazalexander (Youtube) Continue reading

29th May 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Apologies :
Mark Badger – Tour driving somewhere on a motorway…
Sue Nicholls

Present:  –

Robin: –
2 events to promote

Crowd Out – Millennium Point – an event (birmingham contemporary music group) will use 1000 singers in a performance. 2 performances on Sunday 8th June 2:30pm – Free. Directed by Claire Edwards (Notorious)

Songwriters cafe – starting in Mid to late July in Northfield – organised by Paul Murphy. In a well organised acoustic songwriters event. Robin will be putting together a blog podcast of both. His next blog – BlueBeat orchestra have just released an LP on honesty box principle. There is a songwriters cafe website and Robin will also feature and link to this on his blog. www.radiotogo.com.

Adrian Kimberline:

Spence Cater: Singer Songwriter:

Looking to collaborate with writers studio producers (Indie, Rock, Dance etc) has some releases on ‘tribe of noise’.
Looking to get high standard music product out to a market.
+
Looking for paid gigs.

Also promoting The Songwriters Circle – meets at The MAC regularly . Good contacts and get to perform at the MAC. end of term showcase 16th July £2 only!!!

Full English are partners – There is a concert taking place 2nd July (MAC)

Spence also recommended : Space for growth – government scheme – letting out vacated buildings in Birmingham – may be useful for a SME / Label etc details are at:

epins.ogc.gov.uk/spaceforgrowth ) city centre trading addresses etc
contact:

spencecatermusic.com
reverbnation/spencecater

Ryan Hill / Tony- Music Propagator CIC:
They are A label, promotor, projects etc
gigs at Roadhouse, Flapper, Academy…
Always looking for bands for the gigs and label

festivals they are involved in at present: –
Fin Fest – in Abbotts Bromley
oxjam

contact:
www.musicpropagater.com

www.propagatorpresents.co.uk

Rachael Smith – Studying composition at birmingham conservatoire.
Here to find out whats happening in music in Brum and to look for collaborations/ gigs (Plays flute – looking to collaborate – plays beatbox flute and effects.)

currently working on a project – funfair themed around a nightmare. set in felixstowe. looking for artists and designers and performers to get involved – due next summer. The Music will be acoustic – soon to release a call for proposals – commission people.

This august a pilot event will take place.

email: r.v.smith@hotmail.co.uk.

Luke Titmus – Freelance studio engineer
Works a lot in LA doing freelance audio work but is based in Birmingham
He has a Studio in the Jewellery Quarter – which can be Dry hired out – (Caroline Street)

He produces and engineers and is free until August to collaborate on projects or work.

Coming up releases with: –
Currently : Aesthetics (A two drummer band)indie emo
Cowbander (Heavy Rock)

contact:
email: luke_titmus@hotmail.com
www.luketitmus.co.uk
also check out his sound cloud/ iTunes etc links on website.

Fazanah:

Has previously run a music TV show (23 broadcast shows) that went out to 300 countries.
Used to broadcast The Mix Bollywood & Hollywood music mix.

Looking for artists who have been out in the States – looking to get them back.

Looking to start a new TV show.

(Robin recommended Shaanti TV & Eastern Electronic Festival)

Anthony + James Lapworth:
(Rosetta Fire)
a band based in Warwick- with gigs coming up in London.

have been playing gigs mostly in Warwickshire – looking for gig opportunities in the rest of Midlands.

They have a range of material and are looking for publishing advice/contacts

Contact:
www.rosettafire.com
@rosettafire
FB & Youtube

Louise Alley : Plug And Amp – (Music network Cov/Warwickshire )

Events coming up:

WarwickRocks
21st June Festival
Local bands

Nuneaton – Festival – This Sunday.
Big Boro Festival
Includes Scouting for Girls
Drop Down Smiling

Harpreet Solhal – an Audio Engineer (Studio) has worked at Blue Whale. Looking to collaborate. Artists to work with. Logic Pro. etc. and start a blog for Band Biog’s directory for musicians? any ideas?

Claire Woodward – Song writer
Her performance skills aren’t very good. So looking for collaborations for her material. and to collaborate on writing.
Singer Songwriters with an emphasis on Ballades and Indie.

Looking for Publishing.
Contact:

clarewoodward soundcloud

Craig (Drummer) –
Looking for networking and gigs.
covers and functions but more interested in doing originals (As long as it doesn’t get in the way of an income).

czindani@hotmail.com

Kat Howell – Singer :
singer
singer for hire – looking for projects to collaborate

kathowell.com
contact@kathowell.com

not a songwriter – looking to sing. (Rock, pop, soul etc)

sings in ‘partners in crime’ (Covers band)

www.partnersincrime.co.uk

Mike Bickerton:
BCU film tutor – school of digital media technology.

Students have an assignment each year to produce music promos and are looking for bands to have a video made.

Contact: Mike

michael.bickerton@bcu.ac.uk

Mike – has a photoblog
365 photos of discarded items –
Discarded 365

Joy:
writes a music blog – reviews artists, gigs and music content – based on her own selection criteria.

writes for – iAston magazine.

likes to support local bands / unsigned bands. Interested in promoting new music.

If you have anything to review /promote contact Joy ….

email;
joywarmann@gmail.com

blog: joywarmann.blogspot.co.uk

She plays drums in a band in London. looking for placements and contacts in A&R

Nick – Giraffe Audio
Gear/Recording Production

A great company here to help …

New ableton user group has just started for Birmingham.

Hosted at www.Giraffeaudio.com

a meetup for audio engineers /producers etc to meet up and get involved.

March 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th March 2014

Present:

Mark Sampson, Morgan Gleave aka Ruke, Fonzi Neutron, Debra Undarumhi, Otis Gordon, Nykolas Godwin, Joshua Spritz Visionnaire, Adrian Kimberline, Hugh McGuiness, Richard Blades, Anneliese Grand Chapel Studio Recording Studio, Sue Nicholls, Sarah Ann Cromwell Diva Gigs, Anthony Hughes, Richard,

Apologies: Clare Edwards

New Points:

Screen Image Network – Anthony Hughes:

Looking to talk to people for collaboration, music and screen. The Screen Image network will be joining Birmingham Music Network for meetings this year to encourage networking between Screen Image Network and Music Network contributors.

Sarah Ann Cromwell – Diva Gigs: A Week in the life of a Diva!

Britain’s first award winning Comedic Operatic Cabaret Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva, is an unforgettable romp into the operatic world of Birmingham Conservatoire trained Soprano and comedian: Sarah-Ann Cromwell. “Diva Gigs, a show about opera, is enjoyable even for people who would shudder at the thought of it.” (Broadway Baby) Described as hilarious, charming, brilliant, unusual and vivacious Sarah-Ann’s lung busting voice, funny stories and expert characterisations provide a family friendly “show for all ages and nationalities, for the posh and the proudly working-class and proves that both music and laughter are pretty much universal.” Diva Gigs is an unforgettable musical performance which dispels any myth that opera is exclusively posh!

TIME OUT LONDON

Diva Gigs is far from a gimmicky show: it’s simply a pleasure, partly because of the quality of Cromwell’s voice but also because of her enormous charm, engaging humour and relaxed manner. 4 ? TIME OUT LONDON

FRINGEGURU

A highly enjoyable evening of music, hosted by possibly the most down-to-earth diva 4 ? FringeGuru

Sarah talked about doing it herself and working with Independents. More info www.divagigs.com Continue reading

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

September 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – September 2013

Present: Robin Valk Radio To Go, Sue Nichols performer, merch seller, Gary Skull Fox, Jeremy Skull fox, Chris BCU Student, Sandra BCU student, Ryan BCU Lecturer, Matthew Sound engineering student, Jim Simpson Big Bear Music Group, Rebecca Edwards student studying media,  Meg student, Thomas Glass Bullet, Ryan second year student, Tony works in music projects and youth centers,

New Points:

Mark Iron Man Records: Talked about Police Bastard releasing a new CD album called “Confined” on Iron Man Records.

Robin Valk: Campaign for regional Broadcasting in the region. Janice Long supports local talent but bands in this region lose out.
BBC spending in the region has much declined.

Culture Shock moseley: an interesting show taking place
on saturday at St Marys Church, Moseley
free food too

Interesting point made that BCU is leasing buildings and facilities to the BBC so some funding and support is going back into the region but perhaps not enough.

Janice Long supports new music
Tom Robinson on 6 music supports new music.

Who are the supporters of new music on radio? if you are a new band in birmingham who can you turn to?

Chris:
3rd year student. talking about what he is going to do for his final year project on and what are the growth areas of

Ryan: lecturer and BCU researcher. Working on new

ryan.staples@bcu.ac.uk

Jim Simpson:
Talked about lack of cohesion in the region.

what are we going to do?

Jim would like to take a team to Midem. He is looking at 2015
Any interested parties get in touch.
Jim Simpson Big Bear admin@bigbearmusic.com

Anyone got a contact for Keisha Thompson, local singer songwriter?

We’re looking to get in touch with Keisha Thompson regarding a filming opportunity with BBC Midlands Today who have been in touch.

If you did happen to have contact details for Keisha or were able to pass this message on it would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Matt

Matt Height
Press Office Administrative Assistant
Marketing & Communications Department
Birmingham City University
City North Campus
Perry Barr
Birmingham B42 2SU

T: 0121 331 6739
E: matt.height@bcu.ac.uk

Creative Networks Thursday 26th April 2012 at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Birmingham B4 7XG

Creative Networks is about bringing together all parties involved in screen-based and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.

THE MUSIC NETWORK with Robin Valk 4PM until 5.30PM – WWW.BIRMINGHAMMUSICNETWORK.COM

BIRMINGHAM SCREEN IMAGE NETWORK 4PM UNTIL 5.30PM – WWW.BSIN.CO.UK

Creative Networks 5.45PM UNTIL 9.00PM WWW.CREATIVENETWORKSONLINE.COM

at BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, MILLENNIUM POINT, CURZON STREET, BIRMINGHAM B4 7XG

BAFTA NOMINATED SHORTS ON TOUR: BIRMINGHAM 5.45pm

Following on from the Orange British Academy Film Awards on 12 February 2012, the nominated short films and short animations are touring the country. Join us at Birmingham City University’s Millennium Point, for a special screening and Q&A brought to you by Creative Networks and BAFTA. Continue reading

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