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26th February 2015 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network/Screen Image Network Meeting – 26th February 2015

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

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

26th June 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 26th June 2014


Mark Sampson
Andrian Kimberline
Sarah Ann Cromwell


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


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



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)

email: luke_titmus@hotmail.com
also check out his sound cloud/ iTunes etc links on website.


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

FB & Youtube

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

Events coming up:

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.

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).


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


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

sings in ‘partners in crime’ (Covers band)


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


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

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 ….


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.

April 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 24th April 2014


Mark Sampson, Anthony Hughes, Sue Nicholls, Sarah Ann Cromwell, Tony Guice, Robin Valk, Garry Davies, Louise Ali, J Napier, Vincent Gould, Alex Ginever, Dave Tomlin, Andrew Rutler, Peter Medlicott, Izzes Gayle, Matt Fisher…and a number of late arrivals who didnt sign the attendence sheet…..

Apologies: etc

New Points:

Mark – Iron Man Records

Has released a compilation CD including one track from every Iron Man Records release – available here

If you would like a cd for review please email mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk or call him for details

Mark is interested in working/ supporting new bands from the region. Support can be given by phone to help signpost musicians to doing it for themselves or if people want more serious help he can work as a tour manager or non exclusive music manager. tel: Mark 07974 746810

Tony Guice – music projects – youth projects

Litchfield based finest festival – featuring dodgy, Singer from cast etc


In February 2013 our dear friend Chris Findley aka Fin was cruelly taken from us.

To celebrate the great man we thought it’d be rude not to host an annual festival featuring the things he loved most in this world:

Good Company

Good Food

Good Music

Good times

Finfest is a not for profit event.   All monies received from ticket sales will go to; land hire, stage hire, toilet hire and the bands and attractions. No one involved in the organisation or management of Finfest will receive hire or gain. Any funds left over will be given to the Brain & Spine Foundation. Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire. September 22nd 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

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

November 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 28th November 2013


Sue Nicholls – Merchandiser Glenn Tilbrook, Steve Poltz.

Ian Bourne

Robin Valk – Radio To Go

James Anthony

Matt Fisher – Giraffe Audio

Nick Romluc – Giraffe Audio

Anthony Hughes – Screen Image Network and Smart Culture

Richard Blades – Blades Animation

Garry Davies – Skullfox

Sarah-Ann Cromwell – Diva Gigs

Barny Evans – Fantasy Band Camp

Robert Oulton

Tony Guice – Propagator Records

Keisha Thompson – Aloi

Annie M – Indie Artist

Yaz Alexander – Domeclub / Indie Artist

Mark Sampson – Iron Man Records / Birmingham Music Network

New points Continue reading

April 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 25th April 2013

Ayesha Campbell – singer vocal coach

Andrea Campbell- students of sound

Manoj Solanki – produces dance music

Hugh McGuinness – music promoter, band manager

Robert Sharl – BCU, Futurilla podcast network

Emma Scott- marketing for University of Birmingham

Richard Battye – River studio

Andrew Marsh – Oxjam, Birmingham

Tom – Skill sharing company, apps for phones Music

Richard Mitten – freelance sound engineer.

Spence Cater -Musician, Songwriter

Simon Howes – Freelance sound engineer

New points… Continue reading

March 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting Minutes – 28th March 2013


Mark Badger, Robin Valk, Matt fisher, James, Chris Mayer, Stuart Tonks, Robert Sharl, Lennis, Spence Cater, Dave, Paul Meggs, Gillian Stapleton


New Points… Continue reading

February 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

The Music Network Meeting Minutes February 28th 2013


Mark Badger – Birmingham Music Network / Iron Man Records

Yanhua Jiang – BCU

Robert Sharl – BIAD / Futurilla

Katheryn Taylor – Singer Songwriter

Matt Gaffiney – Composer and Performer

Ilvars Veinbergs – Photography, Arts Projects

Steve Rubinstein – Musician Songwriter

Christina Sabbagh – Vocalist / BOA

Adrian Kimberlin – Exit Recording

Richard Battye – River Studio (Photograph) The Undercocks (Band)

Robin Valk – Radio To Go

Kirsty Lowrie – Motivated by Music

a number of other people showed up late but I didnt get their details as the conversation was flowing…..

Apologies: None

New points… Continue reading

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 29th November 2012

Clare Edwards leads the next Music Network meeting on Thursday 29th November 2012.

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. Continue reading

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