Andy Derrick has written an interesting piece, he starts by saying:

“I have the great pleasure of frequently attending and sometimes chairing the Birmingham Music Network. For those of you that don’t know, the BMN meets on the last Thursday of each month inside the TEE, a faculty of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham.  The network also has a dynamic online presence here:

It was set up by Mark Sampson and Anthony Hughes some time ago and is run on a voluntary basis. It meets an average of 20 people each month providing advice, support and a place to meet others and make good contacts. Businesses represented include sound engineers, singers, songwriters, radio dj’s, studio owners, performers, music students, media consultant, venue owners, gig promoters and everyone from across the music industry spectrum in the West Midlands.

The website and the network are vital parts of the local music scene, in my opinion, but it could do more.

Imagine a world where the website is continuously updated by a team of dedicated experts, where less time was spent finding a sponsor for some tea and coffee and more on promoting the meetings to the people that need them, where there was a budget to advertise effectively, where the volunteers were paid a modest amount to cover their time and expenses. Imagine what could be achieved.  It could be achieved with some financial support.”

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