Clare Edwards will lead the next Music Network meeting on Thursday 25th October 2012.

The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.

Birmingham Music Network 2011 Logo

The Music Network organises a NETWORKING EVENT on the last Thursday of each month, for the benefit of music related businesses in the West Midlands region. If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people. These Networking events are about all things music in the region. They’re about helping you to teach yourself how to do it, by yourself, for yourself and encourages you to share the knowledge with others so they can do the same. If you are a musician, a student, someone who works with musicians, represents musicians, has involvement with the music industry, or are looking to make new contacts…..the meeting will be useful.

If you have news to report, a presentation to give, an event to promote, any new points for discussion, a pitch to make, business cards or flyers to hand round, an appeal for help, advice or guidance or even if you just want the free tea and biscuits and some serious discussion…you are invited.

You can also post in by email any news or press release information for inclusion on the website and for distribution through the mailing list and RSS feed. More details on the website.

Please pass this invite on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.

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Creative Networks


Presenting: Collabor8te discovering the next generation of premiere filmmakers

Speakers: Executive Producers David Allain and Jess Gormley Still from the film ‘Will You Marry Me?’ (Written and directed by David Allain)




Supporting talent from the UK and Ireland, Collabor8te is an exciting new platform for short films, developing and funding scripts through to production and distribution. Rankin Film Productions (RFP) have just launched the second year of this initiative aimed at creating opportunities for new filmmakers to learn from experienced professionals:

Following the success of Year 1, featuring high profile talent including Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan, and a recent film school graduate’s script brought to life by Scottish BAFTA-winning director Martin Smith, Year 2 promises yet more fruitful creative partnerships. Announced at the Raindance Film Festival, Collabor8te continues the partnership between RFP, The Bureau, Dazed & Confused, and is now supported by Nokia Lumia. The objective is to champion new writing talent by funding 8 more films with budgets of up to £10,000 each.

Prior to the script submission deadline of 30 November, Executive Producers David Allain and Jess Gormley, will be talking about what they’re looking for and screening some of the films produced at RFP. Creative Networks brings together all parties involved in screen and sound media in the West Midlands, promoting both successful business development and collaboration.

To join us for this FREE event, please email or call Dave Taylor on 0121 331 5400. Alternatively, register online at our website

Ranking Film Productions and Collabor8te
Founded in 2011, Rankin Film Productions produce bespoke content for different platforms with a variety of projects in development and production including web-series, documentaries, feature films, and drama for theatrical release, television broadcast, and online distribution. In their first year, RFP launched Collabor8te, a short film scheme that aims to discover the next generation of premiere filmmakers from the UK and Ireland. In 2011, Collabor8te received over 1,300 script submissions. Returning for a second year, supported by Nokia Lumia, Collabor8te’s script submissions is now open. Deadline: 30th November 2012.

Speakers: Executive Producers – David Allain and Jess Gormley

David Allain – After working on films and commercials in various departments, David began directing music videos for record labels such as Columbia/SonyBMG and Island/Universal, and his work includes the video for The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’. David turned to narrative filmmaking in 2010. The following year he produced four short films through Rankin Film Productions, including the award-winning comedy ‘Will You Marry Me?’, which he also wrote and directed.

Jess Gormley  –  After completing her first feature film as trainee producer on Artangel’s BAFTA nominated ‘The Arbor’, Jess went on to be Assistant Producer on a Channel 4 feature documentary ‘Guilty Pleasures’.  Since then she has produced a More 4 documentary on the dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan ‘Akram Khan: Homeland’  as well as a host of short films. She has also worked for companies such as; Tate, Theatre de Complicité, Streetwise Opera and The ENO.