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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be on Thursday 27th March 2014. The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

IFPI and RIAA 2013 Music Sales Figures – There are positive signs but overall they make for troubling reading. Total sales were down 3.9%. Based on 2012 numbers the trend suggested that 2013 revenues should have registered a 2% growth, so that is a -6% swing in momentum. Digital grew by 4.3% which was not enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales, which has been the story every year since 2000 except last. Download sales declined by 1%. Continued competition from apps and other entertainment, coupled with subscriptions poaching the most valuable download buyers is finally taking its toll. Subscriptions up by 51%: An impressively strong year for subscriptions but not enough to make the digital increase bigger than the physical decline on a global basis nor in key markets, including the US. Read it all in full here

The Death of the Long Tail: MUSICIANS MUST READ: 1% of Artists earn 77% of the income…..

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.Read minutes from previous meetings here: http://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

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Creative Networks 27th March 2014

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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th June 2013

Mark Badger will lead the next Music Network meeting on Thursday 27th June 2013.

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.

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. Continue reading

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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