The Music Network
Aug 2008 Meeting Minutes

Mark Badger (The Music Network / Iron Man Records), Andy Derrick (Musicians union), Clare Edwards (Gigbeth), Clive Shakespeare, Craig Storey, Pamela Liburd (Artist Arena), Kevin Moore (Scratch radio), Robert lane (Singer Songwriter), Pete Rhead (Musoplex Studios), Andy Ward (Musoplex Studios), Lindsey Hardman (Musicians union), Adrian Kimberline (Exit Recording), Arjender Singh Kang (Digital recording), Vince O’Malley (Musical Exhanges), Colin Tipin (Musical Exchanges)

Steve Hughes, Zak,


New points:

The S.O.P.H.I.E charity gig at DV8 now takes place on the 14th September

Steve Hughes
Johnny 2 Bad (UB40 Show) is the opening night of the new DOG POOL HOTEL (Formerly the Hibernian) 1065 Pershore Road, Birmingham, B30 2YJ at 8pm Saturday 6th September. 0121 471 1910

Lee Parsons
We present a weekly show on Sky , its myself and Emma Scott from Kerrang. Showcasing new music, this week we also have interviews with We are scientists, Biffy Clyro etc.
We film in Aston at 8pm and it goes out live on Sky channel 186

Andy Derrick – Network Musician Launches on Tuesday
What is it?
A free and regular discussion group for all involved with music. Come and ask questions, share experiences, exchange information – it is an ideal chance to meet others from the music industry and network.

Who is it for?
Musicians of all styles, genres and backgrounds, managers, publishers, record producers, venue owners, promoters, record companies, funders and others connected to the music business.

How do I find out more?
To find out more call 0121 622 3870 or email

Where and when?
Stoke College, Burslem Campus, Moorland Road, Stoke-on-Trent
Tue 2nd Sept, Tue 2nd Dec, Tue 3rd Mar, Tue 2nd Jun

The Musician Pub, Clyde Street, Leicester
Wed 10th Sep, Wed 10th Dec, Wed 11th Mar, Wed 10th Jun

Confetti Studios, Convent Street, Nottingham
Wed 8th Oct, Wed 14th Jan, Wed 8th Apr, Wed 8th Jul

Cox’s Yard, Bridgefoot, Stratford-on-Avon
Tue 21st Oct, Tue 20th Jan, Tue 21st Apr, Tue 21st Jul

The Flowerpot, King Street, Derby
Tue 4th Nov, Tue 3rd Feb, Tue 5th May, Tue 4th Aug

The Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln
Wed 19th Nov, Wed 18th Feb, Wed 20th May, Wed 19th Aug

All meetings from 4pm – 6pm are free with refreshments provided – Sound familiar?

Andy Derrick
Midlands Regional Officer
Musicians’ Union, Benson House
Lombard Street, Birmingham B12 0QR

Tel: 0121 622 3870
Mobile: 07974 567 163
Fax: 0121 622 5361
Email: andy.derrick at

Adrian kimberline
Asked what has happened to Robin Valk and Radio To Go podcast.
Also asked about who to speak to for help with website design for music related site.
Names mentioned by those present included,
discussion followed

Ajender Singh
asked about training in logic pro. Musicians Union offered a number of contacts and info and also mentioned the training on offer at the NTI building. Anyone who can offer ajender help with logic pro email:

Musical Exchanges have launched to help musicians find each other. adverts on the site are free for the first few months then £2 a week after that. the site is aimed at an online notice board for musicians needing to find others to form bands or replace members etc.

Pete Rhead Musoplex
Musoplex is a one stop shop for musicians and bands. The place offers pro recording studio, rehearsal rooms, photographic studio, video filming and editing, tv production, editing, promotion and a record label. Based off junction 2 near m5 to west of Birmingham.

Robert lane
singer songwriter looking to work with other musicinas. Idea to start a blog about experiences of other bands at the unsigned level and stories of what happens.

Scratch radio
email: music at kevin.moore at

New radio station will be broadcasting from january for the whole of next year. Looking for submissions from local bands and artists of all genres. submissions can be on CD or on MP3 and the station will be broadcasting as radio, podcast and on the internet. see for more information.

Pam Artist Arena
info at
new review site, midlands based provining content including information, music and entertainment. Advertising space will be available and also online shop called beat bay.

looking for a band mention and discussion of and
Discussion about how to get started teaching music to young people and places to try to find work in midlands. Mention of musicians union, central library, bham youth music, sandwell youth music, library,

Clare Edwards – Gigbeth

The Gigbeth Conference this year is on 6th November at the Radisson. There are three themes: Music Education and Industry links, Music Law and IP and Promoting you music. Some great speakers lined up and a fabulous VIP party afterwards with free Champagne from Harvey Nicols! More details:

The Gigbeth Festival is 7th and 8th November and is being held at the Custard Factory and the Digbeth Institute. Line up includes Sugarhill Gang, Stanton Warriors, DR:eam and loads more. updates on the Gigbeth website (but bear with it a few days if your having trouble – we’ve been hacked!!

Also Gigbeth has always been about trying to bring more co-ordination to all things music in the region and has recently been awarded some funding to support and promote local music businesses (e.i venues, promoters, managers, lables etc). This is still being sorted out but Gigbeth will be finding ways to get you ideas and involve people in the project – so watch this space for more information.
Next Music Network Meeting will be Thursday September 25th at 4pm at TIC, Birmingham.

I will aim to keep the minutes short and to the point. If you want the full detail and contact numbers you will have to attend a meeting in person and take notes. Turning up will always be more productive for you than trying to read about it later.