Meeting Minutes

26th February 2015 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network/Screen Image Network Meeting – 29th January 2015

Present:
Gavin Leach, Three Sun Rising, has come to promote his band

Clare Edwards, Independent Producer

Robin Valk, writes about local music and has background in local radio

Alan Musson, doing MA and radio and audio production

Peter Swinson, runs recording studio and rehearsal rooms in Tamworth – plays the drums and is looking for a band

Natalie Brown, singer songwriter, performer

Danny Fick,  musician and sound engineer

Linda Angelis – music teacher, singer

Apologies:
Mark Sampson, Anthony Hughes

New Points:
Discussion with Natalie about how to get gigs and work as a backing vocalists..

Peter Swinson is looking for a band to join – maybe covers bands. Danny joined a band through Gumtree and so did Gavin.

Discussion with Danny about how he can get work as a sound engineer and who he should talk to in Birmingham to avoid moving to London

Discussion with Linda about the barriers as a singer to getting the word out and the challenges of the internet

Robin talked about the new local tv station is opening up and whether it should have some sort of music programming and the lack of support for local music in the West Midlands on radio. Today the Birmingham Post launched a campaign to demand that the BBC brings a fair share of activity to the West Midlands.

Gavin asked about what the process is to get your music to the right people. Talked about the merits of online radio stations

Clare talked about Flickerama the new film festival she is working on with Tom Lawes from the Electric Cinema. www.flickerama.co.uk

29th January 2015 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 29th January 2015

Present:
Mark Sampson (Iron Man Records), Paul Reynolds (Creative hertz), Ben Walker (Creative Hertz), Derek Nisbet, Anthony McKerr (Hand Forged Music), Sangeeta Squires (Lava Flo), Spence Cater (Spence Cater music), Reece Kennedy (Rope Press), David Loney, Micah Desmond Jacob (BCU), Benedict Ulyatt (BCU) and a number of other late arrivals…..

Apologies:

Anthony Hughes

Meeting started with a general discussion on subject of what digital aggregators to use: More

27th November 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th November 2014

Christina Smith – Our Big Gig

Nicola Toms – Our big Gig
National Project, last year set up a drumming group.
This year setting up more free workshops. Family oriented
Looking for volunteers to join the team. may need help with other things like graphic design, marketing, places to run the workshops, venues sound engineers.
http://www.superact.org.uk
http://www.ourbiggig.co.uk

Stanislau Vysopal
Sound producer looking for a singer to work with. People can send sound files for mixing. Works from home, has a full production studio in his house.
http://www.soundcloud.com/The-fantasy-music

Raul Fermoselle
Head of MP Recording Society
Millennium Point – Free opportunities to record with students working on the project.
Raul.fermoselle@gmail.com

James Lumsdon
james.lumsdon@mail.bcu.ac.uk
Live sound society – Student run sound crew available for free.

Ben
4th year composer at the conservatoire. Looking for people to work with and interested writing composing music. benedict.ulyatt@mail.bcu.ac.uk

Mac – The Kings of Spain

I’ve been putting occasional events on at The Patrick Kavanagh in Moseley for the last few years – here’s a link to my f/b – you’ll see the type of thing. https://www.facebook.com/john.d.mcelwee

I’m looking for someone to work with me. I need someone with enthusiasm and energy to take on specific roles or just muck in and do a bit of everything: booking, publicising, artwork, moving gear, sitting on the door and taking stuff down when it’s all over.

Knowing how hard it is for bands to get even expenses I try to keep running costs to a minimum. Sound engineer is the biggest expense. I monitor who folks come to see and once exs are covered bands get 80% of door split according to how many have come in for them.

Graham (world unlimited) also helps promote http://www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/kos.htm

So could you please put the word out. It’s best if folks interested view it as a labour of love rather than a money making opportunity.

I’ve attached details of the next gig.

Folks can contact via email, f/b or 0121 449 4362

30th October 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 30th October 2014

Present:
Andy Derrick (Musician, teacher, and delivers training sessions and arrangements – mostly Jazz)
Sue Nicolls (Musician, Glen Tilbrook, Steve poltz, plays bass guitar – and is recording
Patrick Walsh – Songwriters
Simon – Recording engineer
Andrej Hardie-Douglas (Student at 2nd Year Music Tech BCU) –
Chionah – 1st year sound engineer at BCU
Dominic – 1st year sound engineering
Sarah – Publishing company – she is a songwriter looking to network
Maria - Post Grad marketing student –
Monnei Lamar – Video Production Co, Creative Producers Black Country
Stan – Musician

New Points:

Andy: – Has produced a CD of his own Jazz music – His last album was fan funded, all musicians got paid.
and has a new album  10 tracks ‘Just Friends’. He raised £350 via fan funding.
The CD Sales contribution will go towards Cancer Research.

Has anyone run a fan funded project? or have questions?

The crowd funding is via pay pal buttons direct embedded onto the site with a selection of packages.

Pre Recording etc. With a range of options

Signed Photo, Spend an evening, Roll of honour and co producer credits etc

andyderickjazzquartet.com

Sue: Gig next week Wed 5th November . supporting BoBoBells at the Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath.
www.facebook/suenixmusic

Is looking for some more gigs and supports & currently recording an EP.

The set is solo acoustic / vocals .  Pop (Squeeze/ Elvis costello)

Also – asked about copyright protection etc (Discussion /advice followed) look at ISRC code as a meta data within the MP3 and register with PRS. PPL

Patrick Walsh – Just finished Uni – He is a songwriter. He had a band but sees himself very much as a song writer.

He is looking for opportunities as a song writer. Looking for collaboration tracks available so far here:
https://soundcloud.com/patrick-walsh-22

email: phwalsh22@gmail.com

tel:07443628837

Simon – engineer for hire . Has a home studio
Specialises in Outdoor location recording
Teaching music tech

07407479336

enderlie@yahoo.co.uk

Andrej:
Created birmingham city sessions (As a student at BCU)
They are looking for bands to record – the sessions take place in the TV production studios.

birminghamcitysessions (BCS) on Youtube

Also looking for bands to record in the studios

Contact via Facebook birminghamcitysessions

Chionah – 1st year sound engineering student – looking for a placement – in live sound/ and production. Also a songwriter.

Dominic: Advice on how to make a film – get crew together (Discussion)

James – Advice on film making and extras. (Discussion)

Sarah – problems with artists and managers. Wanting points.  (Discussion)

Maria – Post Grad marketing at BCU – interested in internships
Wants to start a promotion scheme for bands/artists etc – Pop /Indie
twitter : mashka29

Milana Marr – Video Production Co
Is promoting Miss Kjah new recording TIME (Nominated best reggae newcomer)

He runs a studio and also video production

www.youtube.com/bacpaytv
www.bacpayrecords.com
www.misskjah.com

Andrew/Michael – Film Production company
Live events /Music videos
Filming with local bands building their profile
Looking for local bands and musicians

incognitoproductionsonline.com
incognitoproductionsonline.co.uk

Ulumatoyin Odunsi: Creative Black Country – Arts Council

Promoting for Sandwell, Walsall Wolverhampton & across the black country a programme of support funding called Creative Black Country

looking for Artists to work with community groups and general arts people
Commission pitch for theatre.art film etc

http://blackcountrycpp.com

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