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Robin Valk and The Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thurs 26th January 2012 Birmingham

Robin Valk
Robin Valk will be leading The Music Network meeting on Thursday 26th January 2012 at Millennium Point, Birmingham. The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at 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.

Robin is a broadcast and software consultant. He has been in radio for over 40 years, working on student radio, US Rock Radio, Commercial Radio and BBC Radio 2. When not consulting, teaching, podcasting or writing on radio and music, Robin works on radio and music projects – most recently, a documentary project on the music and musicians of Handsworth, Birmingham, and he’s leading the Pilot Project for the British Library.

Robin is one of the most experienced music programming operators in Europe and offers consultancy in other systems including AutoTrack/Myriad and Station Playlist. Recent consult work has taken Robin to Southampton, Glasgow and Budapest. He is currently developing new ultra-low cost radio approaches for Internet radio streaming.

In recent months Robin has turned his attention to blogging more about local music and the stories he has uncovered. Recent blog posts have included interesting pieces on Steve Gibbons, The Destroyers, Ruby Turner and Jim Cleary

You are welcome to contact Robin through this blog (email to robin@radiotogo.com) for voicing work, software training and database troubleshooting, music consultancy or other radio projects.

The Music Network, Birmingham, 2008

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.

There will be luxury chocolate biscuits and good coffee for all. There’s food and drink afterwards supplied by the Creative Networks too.Please pass this invite on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.

Read the minutes from previous meetings here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

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Creative Networks event & Music forum & Film forum 24th Nov 2011

Register at Reception 4pm for The Music Network and 4pm for Birmingham Screen Image Network, 6pm for Creative Netwoks – FREE food and refreshment in our Café until 7pm, then to Lecture Theatre for panel debate


Music and Birmingham’s Digital Culture Future





Music and Birmingham’s Digital Cultural Future – Across Birmingham, new strategies are being developed that will look at the contribution music could make to the cultural and digital future of the city. Birmingham Music Network is leading an independent debate at this month’s Creative Networks event that will examine the issues, ask questions and challenge the preconceptions of the local music industry on what role music can play in this emerging landscape.

Birmingham City Council is currently researching issues surrounding the promotion of Birmingham as a music destination.  This debate is set to cover these issues and the wider areas of live music performance, music archive, the music industry and the support of the local scene.

Those taking part represent a wide array of opinion and experience, they include:

Robin Valk, long time a part of BRMB and developer of the Music Pilot Project (an archive that champions new local music);
Dr Paul Long, a reader in media and cultural history at BCU and the active presence behind many regional cultural archive projects;
Andy Derrick, an award winning professional performer, composer and music educator;
Abi Seabrook, a community and professional musician, also an active member and passionate advocate of the Musicians’ Union.

To join us for this FREE event, please email creative.networks@bcu.ac.uk or call Dave Taylor on 0121 331 5400.
Alternatively, register online at our website www.creativenetworksonline.com

Another 10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry.

Last year, Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry was asked to answer 10 Questions. In 2011 The Music Network is asking Another 10 Questions to continue the discussion. Replies by email can be sent to: info at birminghammusicnetwork.com

In May 2011 UK Music published “Destination: Music” the first study of its kind to scope the economic contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism throughout the UK. You can read all about it at http://www.ukmusic.org/news/post/147-music-tourists-contribute-at-least-864m-a-year-to-the-uk-economy

In recent weeks Emma Williamson (Group Overview and Scrutiny Manager) & Baseema Begum (Research & Policy Officer) at the Scrutiny Office of Birmingham City Council have been in touch. Emma & Baseema sent through several documents that ask a number of interesting questions. Rather than try to answer the questions on your behalf, The Music Network has decided to pass the questions on to you direct. The questions have no deadline for submission, the questions will be open to anyone to answer at any time. Your thoughts and opinions are welcome, at any time. We hope the discussion will continue. For more opinion, consultation and research we have collected together, read through our posts so far in the Strategy category.

If you want to submit your own “Ten Questions” or even just “One new question” please email them in. When we have enough, I’ll post them as “More Questions”. Completed submissions will be published at http://www.birminghammusicnetwork.com unless you state otherwise. Please include your Name, brief biography or information about who you are and what you do, and links to your website or blog. You will be credited as the author of the response. Views from all sides are sought so don’t be afraid to speak your mind. We may learn something. I will invite Emma, Baseema and their colleagues to read your published answers here on the website for themselves.

The following questions have been inspired by the contents of a letter to Birmingham Music Network from Councillor Philip Parkin, Chairman – Leisure, Sport and Culture, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB. (The letter was dated 29 July 2011)

Destination Birmingham: Birmingham, A Music City Continue reading

Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thurs 27th October

The Music Network is open to all on Thursday 27th October 2011 at Millennium Point, Birmingham.

The Meeting will be from 4pm til 5.30pm at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

Join us on Twitter for regular updates and discussion.

If you are interested in the shape and ambitions of the region’s music industry you can read all the posts on the subject in our Strategy Category

We invite you to answer 10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry and contribute to the dialogue on the issues involved. The Ten Questions have already been answered by: Andy Derrick, Keisha Thompson, Jon Cotton, Pam Bishop, Andy Roberts, Ben Calvert. Continue reading

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