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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The next Music Network meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm on Thursday 24th April 2014 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.Read minutes from previous meetings here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

IFPI and RIAA 2013 Music Sales Figures – There are positive signs but overall they make for troubling reading. Total sales were down 3.9%. Based on 2012 numbers the trend suggested that 2013 revenues should have registered a 2% growth, so that is a -6% swing in momentum. Digital grew by 4.3% which was not enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales, which has been the story every year since 2000 except last. Download sales declined by 1%. Continued competition from apps and other entertainment, coupled with subscriptions poaching the most valuable download buyers is finally taking its toll. Subscriptions up by 51%: An impressively strong year for subscriptions but not enough to make the digital increase bigger than the physical decline on a global basis nor in key markets, including the US. Read it all in full here Continue reading

March 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th March 2014

Present:

Mark Sampson, Morgan Gleave aka Ruke, Fonzi Neutron, Debra Undarumhi, Otis Gordon, Nykolas Godwin, Joshua Spritz Visionnaire, Adrian Kimberline, Hugh McGuiness, Richard Blades, Anneliese Grand Chapel Studio Recording Studio, Sue Nicholls, Sarah Ann Cromwell Diva Gigs, Anthony Hughes, Richard,

Apologies: Clare Edwards

New Points:

Screen Image Network – Anthony Hughes:

Looking to talk to people for collaboration, music and screen. The Screen Image network will be joining Birmingham Music Network for meetings this year to encourage networking between Screen Image Network and Music Network contributors.

Sarah Ann Cromwell – Diva Gigs: A Week in the life of a Diva!

Britain’s first award winning Comedic Operatic Cabaret Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva, is an unforgettable romp into the operatic world of Birmingham Conservatoire trained Soprano and comedian: Sarah-Ann Cromwell. “Diva Gigs, a show about opera, is enjoyable even for people who would shudder at the thought of it.” (Broadway Baby) Described as hilarious, charming, brilliant, unusual and vivacious Sarah-Ann’s lung busting voice, funny stories and expert characterisations provide a family friendly “show for all ages and nationalities, for the posh and the proudly working-class and proves that both music and laughter are pretty much universal.” Diva Gigs is an unforgettable musical performance which dispels any myth that opera is exclusively posh!

TIME OUT LONDON

Diva Gigs is far from a gimmicky show: it’s simply a pleasure, partly because of the quality of Cromwell’s voice but also because of her enormous charm, engaging humour and relaxed manner. 4 ? TIME OUT LONDON

FRINGEGURU

A highly enjoyable evening of music, hosted by possibly the most down-to-earth diva 4 ? FringeGuru

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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be on Thursday 27th March 2014. The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

IFPI and RIAA 2013 Music Sales Figures – There are positive signs but overall they make for troubling reading. Total sales were down 3.9%. Based on 2012 numbers the trend suggested that 2013 revenues should have registered a 2% growth, so that is a -6% swing in momentum. Digital grew by 4.3% which was not enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales, which has been the story every year since 2000 except last. Download sales declined by 1%. Continued competition from apps and other entertainment, coupled with subscriptions poaching the most valuable download buyers is finally taking its toll. Subscriptions up by 51%: An impressively strong year for subscriptions but not enough to make the digital increase bigger than the physical decline on a global basis nor in key markets, including the US. Read it all in full here

The Death of the Long Tail: MUSICIANS MUST READ: 1% of Artists earn 77% of the income…..

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.Read minutes from previous meetings here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

Website: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Facebook Twitter

Creative Networks 27th March 2014

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February 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th February 2014

Present:

Yaz Alexander – Singer in Jazz and Reggae
Ian Bourne – singer songwriter
Gary Davies – guitarist from Skullfox
Tony Guice – delivers music workshops in youth centres and does gig promotions
Matt Davis – Musicians – Popular Music Practice
Sue Nicolls – Works Tour manages Steve Poults
Sarah Ann Cromwell – Comedic Opera – Diva Gigs
Matt Fisher- Giraffe Audio – supply studio equipment
Nick Romluc – Giraffe Audio
Anthony Hughes – Screen Image Network/University of Birmingham
Michael Bickerton – BCU michael.bickerton@bcu.ac.uk
Clare Edwards – Freelance Producer

Apologies: Mark Badger

New Points:

Sue Nicholls – Birmingham Opera Company are looking for a space for their next opera – they need a very large empty space in Birmingham that they haven’t used before – but they have used a lot of places! Any good ideas post them here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/11136136266/?fref=ts

Yaz Alexander – Dome Club – has a blow up Dome that can be used for creative purposes. They would like to find a home for it within Birmingham for local creative people to use it. Does anyone know any venues that could house it? For more information www.domeclub.co.uk

Giraffe Audio have a launch event week with lots of suppliers doing demonstrations etc 31st March – 4th April – more news on their website coming soon so look out for updates – www.giraffeaudio.com

Tony Guice – is working with a band called the Radio Charmers and they have a single coming out in March – with a launch at Academy 3 on 15th March – tickets here – http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/event/63144/radio-charmers-tickets
He is also working on a new festival on 19th and 20th September FinFest just outside Lichfield. More information here  www.finfest.co.uk

Gary Davies – Skullfox have done some Birmingham City Sessions at BCU and they have made 5 videos and they are being released on Youtube over 5 consecutive Saturdays. This is something other bands can apply to take part in but it is oversubscribed. Follow each video here https://twitter.com/SkullFox

Yaz Alexander is working with the Drum to  to develop a new platform for local artists called the Simmer Down Lounge  to feature music of black origin – more information coming soon here – http://www.the-drum.org.uk

There was then a general discussion about platforms for artists in Birmingham  and how artists network and gain the right contacts. There was also a discussion about the differences between the scenes in Birmingham, London and Manchester.

Michael Bickerton from BCU talked about how BCU students are making TV programmes and are looking for content and how local artists can take advantage of this to prepare for actual TV appearances. To offer content email Diane Kemp – diane.kemp@bcu.ac.uk. Also if you want to have a pop promo made for your band email Michael –   michael.bickerton@bcu.ac.uk

Clare Edwards promoted a project that is looking for people to take part – Crowd Out – On 8 June 2014 – 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, David Lang’s new piece for 1000 voices, at Millennium Point. BCMG is holding a Crowd Out discovery workshop from 7.30-9pm on Thursday 13 March 2014 at CBSO Centre, for those interested in being one of the 1000. For more information – http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/insight-events-2013-14/crowd-out-discovery-workshop-2/

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be on Thursday 27th February 2014.

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

Website: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Facebook Twitter
Creative Networks thursday 27th February 2014

In his presentation, Steve Millward will be including some video and audio clips alongside the book’s contents.
Steve will be bringing copies of his book to the event, which he’ll be signing on the night and selling for £7.99 (cash only) i.e. £1 off the retail price

http://www.stevemillward.co.uk/#/books/4571364575
http://www.stevemillward.co.uk/#/about/4571364447

Steve Millward co-wrote the critically-acclaimed From Blues To Rock while teaching music courses at Manchester University. Since then, he has contributed to Women In Music Now, Juke Blues and, as jazz correspondent, the Manchester Evening News. His broadcasting experience includes a two-year spell as BBC Radio 5’s ‘pop pundit’. ‘Changing Times’ is the first book of  a trilogy dealing with music and politics between 1964 and 1974.

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January 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 30th January 2014

Present: Robin Valk – Radio To Go, Matt Fisher – Giraffe Audio, Nick Romluc – Giraffe Audio, Yaz Alexander – Domeclub / Indie Artist, Mark Sampson – Iron Man Records / Birmingham Music Network, Adrian Kimberline – Exit Recording, Dave Simcox – Lichfield Arts, Dan Griffin – Illustrator / Animator, Dan Nicholas – Interested in Music Platforms, Peter Murtagh – Freelance Audio Engineer, Laura – Student BCU, Patrick – Student BCU

New Points

Robin Valk – Radio To Go

Talked about some of the articles on his blog:

Boat to Row: The hot topics are a tour, a single on vinyl and download, their own label, and a video shot for very little money. We’re weighing up what they should charge for the single launch gig on February 28th, with the vinyl thrown in. http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/Boat-To-Row-Rock.html

The BBC in the midlands: I’m a big BBC fan. I see and hear inspiring stuff on the Beeb. More often than not, I give up in boredom, despair or disbelief watching and listening to anyone else. I use the BBC website every day. I respect Reithian principles. http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/Desolation-Of-Smug-BBC-InMidlands.html

Read more here: http://radiotogo.blogspot.co.uk

Yaz Alexander

We’re currently looking for an inexpensive venue for the dome, so we can run commercial shows & work with local students & artists. If you love art, film and music you’ll love this – for everyone interested in digital film, photography, graphic design, 360 degree film technology, art, music, dance, theatre, drama, script-writing, collaborative work and much more check out www.domeclub.co.uk

18:00 – Best of DomeFest : http://bit.ly/dcbodf
19:30 – Jena Festival 2013 : http://bit.ly/dcj13
21:00 – Dark Side of the Moon : http://bit.ly/dcdsotm (sold out)

To book your tickets click the link above for the show you’d like to see! (No password required)

This is an exciting new medium that needs to be seen in person to get the full experience.

Dome Club has enjoyed a superb first season at The Custard Factory. All tickets sold out half way through the month and the happy customers and encouraging comments on our Facebook page – as well as a number of positive reviews elsewhere – bear witness to the appeal of the fulldome experience.

We’re putting on an extra event this Friday 31st January consisting of three special performances.

We’ve reduced tickets to only 30 per performance, so don’t delay.

The events have been going well and the Pink Floyd shows have been selling out each time so get your tickets early.

Dome Club are looking for people to create content for showing on the Dome Screen

Ideas suggested to get in touch with Alex Patterson, The Orb, John Sinclair, Youth about the 360 dome club idea….

Discussion followed….

“success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”

mention of gerv at mission print and lunar festival

Nick Giraffe Audio

A few questions about Dome Club and discussion followed.

Dave Simcox

www.lichfieldarts.org.uk 07989 165361 dave.simcox@lichfieldarts.org.uk
Lichfield is only 30mins from Birmingham city center
In March they have a rock night, with three bands for £6
Idea to bring out a younger audience
Fred Zeppelin are playing
Fuse festival happens every year
Dance Circus skills, spoken word. A lot of work is going into programming interesting events in Lichfield for younger audiences right up to the more senior audiences. Anyone with good ideas or suggestions is welcome to get in touch. Dave would like to hear from good bands, booking agents, theatre or event organisers with pitches for events to be considered by Lichfield Arts.

Dan Griffin
Animator…had a few points to make and questions about Dome Club. He is interested in providing content for the 360 screen.

Peter Murtagh
freelance audio editor looking for work
peterjmurtagh@gmail.com

Laura – student at BCU

Looking for work experience in the music industry. Music Management, A&R. A number of suggestions made and offer of work experience from Iron Man Records.

Next meeting will be last Thursday of February from 4pm-5.30pm

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 30th January 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be led by Mark Badger on Thursday 30th January 2014.

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.

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.

I have updated the Music Strategy page here, there are a number of interesting articles on the subject of Music, Birmingham and what can be done to inspire, develop and promote music from the region. Some of the opinion pieces are really worth reading and there are a few videos to watch too. If anyone would like to contribute any other articles for inclusion, please send an email with futher details, files, or links to mark at birminghammusicnetwork.com.

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

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CREATIVE NETWORKS updated Schedule coming up later in 2014

2014

30 Jan – Creative Networks event, Café 6pm–7pm, Lecture Theatre 7pm–9pm, preceded by The Birmingham Music Network Room 435 & Birmingham Screen Image Network Room 436, both 4pm–6pm Continue reading

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