Birmingham Music Network Meeting Minutes – 28th March 2013


Mark Badger, Robin Valk, Matt fisher, James, Chris Mayer, Stuart Tonks, Robert Sharl, Lennis, Spence Cater, Dave, Paul Meggs, Gillian Stapleton


New Points…

Mark Badger – New releases on Iron Man Records to follow later this year. Releases will include a new album by Police Bastard, a brand new album by the last of the beatnik warrior poets: John Sinclair. Mark will also be working with Seasick Steve this year, Steve has a new album out on Fiction records called Hubcap Music.

Robin Valk – Campaign for Regional Broadcasting:
Robin wrote a blog piece about it. Robin details The collapse of the media sector in Birmingham.
912 million pounds of licence fee pays out from a population of 16 million in west midlands.
From that, the midlands gets anout 100 million back. That represents a spend of just £15 per licence payer.

By comparison Media City in Manchester has just opened.
What the campaign is all about….trying to keep it proportional….Midlands is suffering a catastrophic underspend.

Robin went to Houses of Parliament, talked to labour MPs, wrote to Andrew Mitchell his own MP.

For every pound the BBC spends, it generates £2 for the local economy
If you are oing to return funds to region, radio is a quick win and easy to do that.

BBC introducing is quite a useful thing for new bands. Tom Robinson leads the way with the BBC introducing show…..

suggestion to make better use of the BBC Introducing process

What does this mean for musicians? It means musicians are not getting any skills or support for music from BBC

Matt Fisher – Doing a music degree, Performance industries, event management, Music for film, performance,

Spence Cater – musician, songwriter, photographer,
Looking for producers who have already produced tracks of a pop nature and also looking for vocalists

Man Down Festival – Q and A session on 4th April then event on 14th April.
Targeting musicians, venue owners, people who want to work in the industry,

Dave – work at a radioshow in worcester. Film live sessions. Live at the royal based at worcester royal hospital.
Range of music includes folk, rock, indie, metal,

Suggestion made of John Mostyn at
also the hare and hounds, the flapper,
also the ORTK Cafe

Germelia – TV Tech graduate
Looking to make a music video, Christian Pop,

Gillian Stapleton – artist writing songs.

James – starting a new business, looking at music production and photography based in Sutton Coldfield.
Went to Nashville in November

Chris Mayer – from The Public at West Bromwich: Looking to promote an event.
Venue half way between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Now We Are weekender
25th and 26th may
24 bands, 2 stages, 2 days, all under one roof.

looking for more people to work on the event

Stuart Tonks – Agents of Evolution: music, podcasts, film music…starting producing podcasts with Robert Sharl. Stu has done some sound editing…been going two months, has done two podcasts, the content is mostly a holding page with sampler of four tracks. updates to follow. Trying to show diverse music interest…creating pieces of music…selling them…
Looking for people who might be interested in doing a podcast.

Robert launched a few months back…the idea to learn in public and just get on with developing a number of key people and their own shows to figure out what works and find out how to develop and the rest…

Lennis: Just opened a recording studio in the jewellry quarter. recording studio Brum Town Hit Factory…..
Trying to generate music, records, music for films, media, located in the Jewellry Quarter.
Lennis has studied production, live music, plays the drums, plays the piano,
Twitter: @lennisdynamiks

Mention of Friendly Fire band.
coming soon

Paul Meggs – organising gigs in Redditch. The main issue is the gigs are free entry looking at generating
next show on saturday