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New Free Music Industry courses in the Black Country

Routes To Music is an innovative new programme of workshops and support giving the unemployed and economically inactive an opportunity to gain an insight into developing their interest in many aspects of the music industry.

Through a series of workshops taking place in the Black Country attendees can find out more about how the music industry works, what the potential career paths are, strategies for success and how to set about developing a music act, product, skill or interest. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of music industry. Attendees can participate in some or all of the workshops as appropriate with those attending the complete programme gaining the most from this project in terms of experience and insight.


Our programme of workshops aim to cover many different aspects of the music industry and form part of a series that learners can gain much from.

Wednesday 18th November 7pm – 9pm

Amblecote Suite, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge

Monday 23rd November 7.15pm – 8.45pm

Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

Wednesday 25th November 7pm – 9pm

Wollaston Studio, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge

Monday 30th November 7.15pm – 8.45pm

Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

To sign up, please email your name, address and contact details to info@sostenuto.org.uk

Run by Sostenuto LLP and supported by LSC, ESF and Black Country Consortium

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Birmingham Music Network Minutes 18 Dec 2008


Andy Derrick dandyeric@gmail.com http://andyderrick.co.uk 

Zak www.myspace.com/miss_higher 

Anthony Hughes anthonyjhughes@mac.com

Lee Parsons lee@dittomusic.com www.dittomusic.com 


Andy Derrick spoke about the launch of his freelance work giving advice to musicians and music businesses on all aspects of the industry as well as his work as a guest speaker, arranger, composer, performer, manager and agent.  More information can be found on his website http://andyderrick.co.uk 

Lee Parsons spoke about the latest things happening at Ditto Music including their new deal on aggregation – see website for details.  Lee also spoke about the Ditto Music TV show available on SKY with previous episodes available on the website and on YouTube.

Visit www.dittomusic.com for the full SP.

Zak left information about several bands and promoters/nights:

  • Tin Omen – Electro Goth band have a new album due for release in 2009.  Think Madonna singing for Depeche Mode
  • Stiletto Promotions – Goth related events / announcements that should interest those into the Goth scene.
  • The Dark Room – a great weekly Goth event held at the Giffard Arm, Wolverhampton
  • For MySpace links for these and more visit www.myspace.com/miss_higher
  • Check out Ryan’s Gig Guide January 2009 issue for a review of the debut album by the Hanging Dolls “Reason and Madness” 
  • The Asylum have many great bands lined up to play in 2009.  See www.theasylumvenue.co.uk 

Andy reminded everyone to spread the word on contacting Mark info@birminghammusicnetwork.com to put their gig details and any other useful stuff on the Birmingham Music Network website.

The next meeting of the Birmingham Music Network is Thursday 29th January 4pm Room 436, TIC, Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham – The event is free and normally finishes at 6pm.

Creative Networks starts at 6pm in the same building and offers a chance to network with people from other Creative Industries and listen to a guest speaker.  January see Jan Faull from the BFI National Film Archive feature as guest speaker.  There is also a chance to pitch your business to the assembled guests – contact Dave Taylor on 0121 331 5400 or email creative.networks@tic.ac.uk for more info.  To register to attend, please visit www.creativenetworksonline.com