The Music Network Meeting Minutes May 26th 2011


Apologies: Mark Sampson


Andy Derrick –

Stourbridge Music Network – A free monthly networking opportunity for musicians and music businesses at Base Studios on the second Monday of each month. Next meeting Mon 13th June 7.30pm

Pledge Music – a site that allows musicians / bands to source funding from fans for a variety of projects whilst also supporting charities. Andy is interested to hear from anyone using this or similar services.

Creative Network returns in September – monthly free networking and special guest speaker event runs on last Thursday of the month from 6pm at TEE, Millennium Point, Birmingham

Manjeet S Gill – Birmingham Salute

A production company based at Aston Science Park.
Running two day course DSLR video production course – £75 per day
Also training in post production as a third day may be on offer according to demand. for examples of previous work done

Tony Guice

Youth centre in Sutton Coldfield – working with young musicians putting on live gigs, studio recording, guitar lessons.  Starting to work with Silent Filter promoter.

Looking for potential gig opportunities for his young bands that are appropriate for 16-18 age group. Advised to contact Fierd Wish and Little Wing – both are young bands based in Stourbridge and details are available on the SMN website.

Keisha Thompson

Live event on June 17th ‘The Revolution Has Been Feminised’  is happening at the edge, Custard Factory, Birmingham. Online details from

Abi Seabrook

Lady Georgianna – 18th Century girl band playing at Birmingham Pride. Part of a UK tour. In receipt of Arts Council funding via the Grants for the Arts programme.

Saurabh Thomas –
BCU graduate sound engineer and media technology. Music technology composer. Looking for ways of selling music product. Advised to research similar artists and make connections with fan base. Also advised to look at presenting music in different ways such as a podcast where the music is introduced and put in context or as a video with still images matched to the music.

Jakub Falewicz

Polish radio show on community radio in Coventry. Looking to spread out and promote live gigs. Advised to research live music venues and find out costs, contact existing promoters and ask them if they want to promote.


Commercial photographer. Business that offers opportunities in photography for musicians and bands. From Staffordshire. Wanting to renew contacts with Birmingham and Midlands based bands. Offer photo, video and animation for web, promotional use. About building a relationship and fully integrate visual media package that precisely matches the needs and ambitions of musician clients. Formerly worked with 6×6 Music.


Multimedia company and keyboard player. Worked with Sony Records, Magnet Records. currently working with the Drifter and session work on keyboards. Competitive rate for video and animation £500 per day shoot including editing. Video as a revenue stream. One stop shop for artists. Inexpensive but clear house style – YouTube and link to iTunes.


Recently set up record label SMN. Involved in Stafford Raw Talent Festival providing media package as a prize. assorted records. Non genre specific.  Also work on developing whole package as required.

Fruta Loka – looking for help with press and PR for live gigs. Advised to speak to Nick Townsend at Base Studios for advice on effective press release writing. management also sought – advised to contact Pete and Sanctuary Studios in Stourbridge

Ben Webb

Songwriter and producer. Writing for film and tv. Has contacts in LA. Concentrates on media and film sync. First song published by a Chicago based company. Interested in collaborations of all kinds. Email

Spence Cater

One) enterprise coach for Pathways to Enterprise – starting a business idea or self employed he is able to help via one-to-one coaching.
two) songwriter looking for interesting collaborations leading to media sync opportunities.

Ann Sulaimon

Freelance music journalist. Looking for contacts in the local industry and trying to find out what is going on in live gigs across the region.