Music Network

Meeting Thursday 24th February 2011

TEE, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham

In attendance

Mark Sampson – BMN and Iron Man Records mark at

Andy Derrick – BMN and Sostenuto LLP andy at

Elisha Baptiste – media student, singer and songwriter showboizuk at

Benjamin Puusta and Mark Caudery (Yes To Fairer Votes) m.caudery2010 at

Charlie Carter – music producer and media design/consultation charliesletterbox at

Adrian Kimberlin – Exit Recordings enquiries at

Jenny Njuki – DJ

Simon Howes – independent sound engineer simon at

Spence Cater – Pathways To Enterprise, singer/songwriter, Focus Point Photography

Rich Batsford – Pianist and singer songwriter batsfordpromotions at

Johnny Kowalski – Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos johnnykowalski at

Ramese – singer and lyric writer marakalah_36 at

Kevin Moore – scratch radio and South Birmingham Community Radio – kevin.moore at

David Blakemore – video and photography – Creative Enigma david_blakemore at

Germane Roberts – photography and film, urban arts

Gerard Davies

Owen – CMAT Studios – Internet radio (radio CMAT), training, recording and mastering

Keisha Thompson – singer/songwriter and poet.


Nicola Toms – Oxjam

Martin Mullan – Changing Horses


Introduction from Mark

Spence – Pathways To Enterprise

Free coaching for people looking to become self employed or start a business in the Black Country. Help explore your business ideas 01902 572020 is the number to ring to sign up

Also looking for a pianist and female vox (in the style of Alexandra Burke). Contact Spence on email

Andy – Sostenuto is a company he runs with Anthony Hughes. They are currently supporting Birmingham Music Network and running Stourbridge Music Network, Their latest project, New Histories provides free media training for anyone of East European heritage website anyone who considers themselves to be of Eastern European heritage can sign up for more information via the website or by email

Ben – ‘yes to fairer vote’ campaign to raise awareness for the yes campaign on electoral reform – looking for community support and volunteer involvement. Referendum on system to change how MP’s are elected will take place May 5th. Prince of Wales, Moseley live music event on March 31st the website has details of the local contacts:

Richard – inviting comments and suggestions on a series of blog posts he would like to develop on the theme of the Birmingham and wider West Midlands music industry. email:

The ‘Get Involved’ page of the BMN website also invites people from across the local scene to contribute from gig listings and links to promoted nights and blog posts. A discussion followed about the level of consultation of the music industries by organisations tasked with formulating strategy for the support of the creative industries in Birmingham and the Midlands. It was generally felt that meetings like BMN could provide a valuable insight into the needs and direction of the local music industry.

David – looking ultimately to write and record music and produce on own label. Currently offering photo and video work for bands see contact details above.

Kevin – developing Niche Lounge Live a live show (5-7 Sunday) where local bands can come in and either perform live and or prerecord for later broadcast – any genre any style bands can get in touch via Perry Barr campus, BCU

Keisha – question about copyright in covers of tunes. PRS for Music is best organisation to contact regarding permissions and licenses to enable proper royalties to be paid to copyright holders as well as ensuring your recordings are legal.

Charlie – Design services from business cards to large scale set dressing, business identity and logo. Email contact above.

Germane – looking for local recommended mastering. Directed to use the BMN website directory which lists local music organisations and companies and is based on user recommendation.

The Birmingham Music Network website address is