Music Network Meeting Minutes

30th april 2009


Mark Badger (Iron Man Records, Simon Howes (Sound Engineer, Andy Derrick (Musician/Consultant/Agent/Publisher/, Heather Wastie(Singer, keyboard player, composer, minds eye music), Ian Davies (Music photographer), Mark Strawbridge (Areboretum records, Nottingham), Harry Parsons (Student), Alex Pegg (Student), Jami Welch (Student / Musician), Jamie Hewitt (Student), David Breeze (Student), Vince O’Malley (, Lindsey Benton (Musicians Career Coach), Colin Tippin (,Adrian Kimberlin (Exit Recording), Robin Valk (, Mike Mcdonash (Songwriter, occassional performer, Concert arranger)Keisha thompson (Singer Songwriter, Poet, Performer), Abi Seabrook (Musician), Phil Montford (MD of Fordante crossover Classical)


Anthony Hughes – screen west midlands

New Points

Andy Derrick

Sostenuto Provides information and advice to musicians, about the industry, how to move on and generate money, marketing, all sorts of things. – Is an innovative agency for live music.  populated by interesting querky groups that have something different about them. for public or private occasions. Is a horn session agency.

also blog

Simon Howes

Black Country social media cafe.: Alchemy bar in wolverhamption 12th may time: 2.30pm
30 to 50 fifty
on twitter as bcsmc
email: blackcoun
all about social networking.

Aquila TV
post production house. film video editing.
cd replication. videos to broadcast/dvd/hd/ etc

broadstreet bid improvement district.
after performers and musicians
tel: 0121 693 2566

Mike Mcdonash
found an article about ringtones and mobile phones.
discussion followed about whether or not to work with compaines providing ring tones.
mentioned monobomy aqa63336  and aqa2u
If anyone wants to get in touch email:
mike mentioned: equipment on interest free credit.

Colin and Vince
music exchanges
workable website to be launched in the next few weeks.
features including:
musicians only networking site
auction section
find a band find a musician resource too.
what music exchanges want is some test pilots to sign up and use the site and take it apart and find out what works and feedback on how the site could be improved and iron out any bugs.
looking to build the users very quickly.
email address on site for interested parties.
discussion about the recovery of stolen instruments.

Mark Badger

mentioned a few items including:

Bob Barry – Birmingham based Guitar repairs and Customising

If you are looking for the best guitar repairs and customisation in Birmingham there is only one choice in my opinion.

Find your way to Bob Barry tel: (uk+44) 0121 772 4873

email: bobbarryguitars at

Bob Barry, 70 Fosbroke Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 9JX


Moving Space Tours open in LEEDS and London

Vehicle Hire for the Music and Film Industry arrives in Leeds

Moving Space Tours announced the opening of a new branch in the North of England.

Based in central Leeds, the new depot will service Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and all the surrounding areas. All of the vehicles on website are available, plus they are able to deliver and collect vehicles to all these locations. Buses are fully insured for use within the music industry, for any driver over 21 with a full license for use within the UK and EU. It’s clear there has been a shortage of these specialist touring vehicles in the North of England.

Tel Leeds – 0844 335 1003Tel London – 0208 205 2503

Phil Manford
looking for booking agent or tour booker
arts council interested but want to see phil with some accreditation.
discussion followed

Fairtrade Booking Agency
trying to help bands get gigs and money.
based in coventry and some acoustic acts. working with promoters
launching on 15th may at kasbah in coventry.

Ditto Music
offer digital distribution
pitch on latest activities and offer of services available.

Lindsay Benton – musicians career coach. talked about what she does, how it works what services are on offer
also bodies on the edge. live performance and gallery of images. in coventry at coventry artsapce,
mention of website: gig guide and good section for gigs “near me”

Mastering Studios: Green Eye Studios, Great Barr and Framework Studios at

Mention of short runs of cds at dds Balsall Heath.

Next meeting will be at 4pm Thursday 28th May 2009, Birmingham TIC, Millennium Point. All Invited