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The Music Network – 4pm Thursday October 29th 2009, Birmingham T.E.E, Millennium Point. All Invited

BMN LogoThe next meeting of the Birmingham Music Network is Thursday 29th October 2009 – 4pm – 6pm, School of Digital Media Technology, TEE, Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham.

Who is it for? Anyone involved with the music industry regardless of genre, background or attainment. We welcome everyone from bedroom rock stars and community musicians to music consultants, lecturers and CEO’s. If you are after a real interaction, come and see what Social Media was based on – a meeting of like minded individuals that want to share, interact, promote and seek help. The best news is it’s free and coffee, tea and biscuits are kindly provided the Creative Networks team at BCU led by the very capable Dave Taylor.

Please spread the word and help a musician today!

If you are interested in attending, all you have to do is turn up – details above.The meeting is supported by

September 2009 Music Network Meeting Minutes

September 2009

Music Network Meeting Minutes

Present: Mark Badger Iron Man Records, Vince O”Malley and music exchanges, Adrian Kimberline from exit recording, Jennifer Bolton singer songwroter, Simon Howes sound engineer, Darren Roberts Birmingham Uni, Keisha Thompson singer songwriter, Phil Manford, Andy CFO for the beatsmiths

Apologies: Andy Derrick, Clare Edwards,

Vince: Music Exchanges
http://www.musical exchanges.com
This site is developing fast and is about to launch a musicians networking section, auction area to buy and sell, recruitment section for musicians to find people to play with and plaza section. Work continues on the development of the networking side of the site and a section called my band: name details etc. The site will be able to handle multiple bands diaries

Mentioned: 26th-27th sept cocksmoor woods leiesure center
tickets £5 on dar £6 for the weekend
young drummer of the year Richard rainer
rhythm magazine will be at the event. discussions of vintage drum kits

also on following weekend 2-4pm on stourbridge radio: the bridge to discuss music exchanges. hoping to choose a playlist.

The site will be initially going to uk wide.

Dave Taylor
Todays speaker: David Rose who use to be at bbc music pebble mill. head of drama.

Adrian Kimberline: Wanted to talk about mastering.
mention of Simon at Musoplex for mastering.
also for mastering Ian Shepherd based in cambridge soundrecording technology: 01480 461880. http://www.productionadvice.co.uk
also http://www.beatsmiths.co.uk


Mentioned the musicins union event at the drum
discussion followed regarding Musicians Union and activities in the local area.

Keisha mentioned John Morris: nurvrax runs website called http://www.nurvrax.com

There”s a new event every six weeks at venue pillowex.com near drum with open mic etc. plus singers. On 15th october there will be a live showcase

LIME: ladies in music and entertainment. The year anniversary tonight
at the O Bar on broad street.

Darren: doing a phd on the “Geography of Networks” to do with music
He is interested in the music world and is looking at “networks in music”
He is looking at how music emerges in the city, how the city influences music and its emergent forms.

list of networks mentioned:
lozells and the young disciples and urban record label
music exchanges
musicians union
audience central
social networks social media
anyone interested in discussing info further emai: dxr827@bham.ac.uk

Anthony Hughes from sostenuto: music mentoring scheme and screen wm

Mike: freelence illustrator. He has done comic books, illustration. He”s looking to work with band doing artwork. trying to get into it like flyers and posters
http://www.theartyone.co.uk. A number of people wanted to get in touch and get mike to do some artwork. Some suggestions included to register with national illustration assoc and wrietsr and artists yearbook, also talk to st pauls gallery in hockley

Anthony Hughes: a film called “le Donk” a shane meadows film. bafta event and handful of tickets available, 6th oct, the electric cinema.

Sostenuto: Black Country Music Network on the first tuesday of every month.
takes place at the public. at major key studios. 4-6pm http://www.sostenuto.org.uk
running a program called routes to music across the whole of the black country


Mentioned he is very close to releasing an album.
talked about digital downloads: tunecore, ditto music, horus music, ioda,
mentions of last.fm, spotify,

Questions raised regarding Music Lawyers: Musicians Union mentioned, Kevan Tidy from Iron Man Records mentioned, other local lawyers mentioned. Discussions on current state of copyright, creative commons licences and more

Discussion followed including: mention: Andrew Dubber, BCU, Jez and Birmingham Music month, Birmingham Music.

Details of next Music Network Meeting and possible new location to be posted in the next week or so, keep an eye on this site.

The Music Network – 4pm Thursday 24th September 2009, Birmingham TIC, Millennium Point. All Invited

The Music Network will next meet on Thursday 24th September 2009 at 4pm til 6pm at Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people.If you are a musician, work with musicians, represent musicians, have involvement with the music industry, or are looking to make new contacts the meeting will be useful.

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


If you want to join a real conversation and get ahead with your own music…..

…..You know what to do: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com

Redefining the Music Industry – A public consultation on the future shape, needs, direction and ambitions of the music industry.

An urgent message from our man Peter Jenkinson: “UK Music has asked us to alert key operators in our network to a consultation paper preparing on the future shape, needs, direction and ambitions of the music industry.”

You can submit your thoughts and  response directly to feedback at ukmusic.org

They are closing responses by the 15th September 2009; if you need any further information go to www.ukmusic.org/consultation

Redefining the Music Industry
A public consultation on the future shape, needs, direction
and ambitions of the music industry.

Closing date for responses: 15th September 2009

About UK Music

Established in October 2008, UK Music is the umbrella body that represents the collective interest of the UK’s commercial music industry: from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, collecting societies and studio producers.

Our member organisations are: the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited, the Music Managers Forum (MMF),
the Music Publishers Association Limited (MPA), the Musicians Union (MU), PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) and PRS for Music.

UK Music exists to understand, explain, promote, protect and nurture the UK’s commercial music sector so that its inherent value grows and its positive knock-on effects reverberate ever further and ever deeper. UK Music, through its wide membership, has access to the very best of the talent, creativity, insight and experience of those who together make up the
commercial music sector.

Drawing on such a rich resource, UK Music is the industry unit for:

Public policy and lobbying
External awareness and public opinion
Research and analysis
Industry-relevant education and skills

For more information see www.ukmusic.org


As we all know, the music industry has been dramatically re-shaped over the past ten years. In equal measures, this has proved disruptive, challenging and exciting. It will continue to be so.

However, within a fast-changing, ever-evolving commercial market, we believe it is vital that our entire industry can pull together; that we can identify and overcome internal and external challenges, plan, strategise, set
policy and forge ahead.

UK Music is currently working on a detailed report – to be published in late October – that will seek to do just this.

In order to take into account the widest spectrum of opinion, UK Music has announced an open, industry-wide consultation that will inform this report.

Consultation Summary

Specifically, we are asking all those working within, or affected by, the music industry, to contribute their thoughts to a vision of where our commercial sector should be heading over the next 5-10 years, the challenges we need to overcome, and the changes and policies that could positively impact on both individuals and businesses.

The UK is home to the world’s most amazing musical heritage. More importantly, on the world stage we continue to punch way above our weight in terms of musical creativity, innovation and commercial success.

To ensure this remains the case, we need your help and input.

To begin with, we would ask you to respond to the following five questions:

1. What are the key challenges to growth in your particular sector? Where are the greatest opportunities for growth? What policies do you think our industry should be collectively developing to address and support these aspects, and why? Is there any role for Government to help in these areas? If so, how?

2. How can our sector offer better opportunities for young people that wish to engage with our sector? How can we best support those at the grassroots level? Can our industry create better entry avenues for those people aspiring to work within our industry and develop a career in the music business?

3. Is there a skills shortage in your sector? If so, what sort of workforce development or training would best benefit your needs? What should our industry be doing to promote further workplace equality in and throughout the sector?

4. What can industry partners – for instance, commercial radio and the BBC – do to help promote new, diverse, local musical talent across all genres?

5. Are there any other significant issues you would like to draw our attention to? (All considerations offered are welcome.) 

Download the original PDF here: PDF : Redefining the Music Industry

Petition calling on Prime Minister to stop using Licensing Act to criminalise live music

Here is the petition calling on the Prime Minister to stop using the Licensing Act to criminalise live music and to implement amendments that would exempt small gigs.

The Petition has gained well over 1000 signatures since it was launched last Monday, 27 July:


We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop criminalising live music with the Licensing Act, and to support amendments backed by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and the music industry, which would exempt most small-scale performances in schools, hospitals, restaurants and licensed premises.

If you support the petition and the ideas it represents, please sign and circulate the link above as widely as possible.

Many local authorities use the Act to bully small venues, including schools. You may even have had first hand experience of this already if you are involved with live music on a regular basis:

Providing musical instruments is of itself a potential offence:

Even musical instruments provided by schools are caught in this madness, as confirmed in this ‘Yes Minister’ government response of 15 July 2009 to questions raised by Lord Clement-Jones:

Lord Clement-Jones: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information or guidance has been provided to schools and local authorities concerning the requirement to license the provision of musical instruments as “entertainment facilities” under the Licensing Act 2003 where such instruments are used in public performances of live music or private performances that seek to raise money for good causes. [HL4839]

The Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting (Lord Carter of Barnes): The department has provided general advice to applicants on its website and detailed guidance to licensing authorities on the 2003 Act as it affects the provision of regulated entertainment. However, the Act has devolved responsibility for the administration of the licensing regime to individual authorities and it is for them to consider each application on its own merits. The Act does not draw a distinction between events which are put on for charity purposes and those which are not.

Although the 2003 Act requires schools and colleges to obtain a licence for regulated entertainment to which the public are invited, or for a private entertainment where a fee is charged with a view to profit, they are exempt from paying the licence fee if the event is provided by, located at and for the purpose of the school or college.

Lord Clement-Jones: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of schools in England and Wales are licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 for performances of live music and the provision of musical instruments as “entertainment facilities”. [HL4840]

Lord Carter of Barnes: We do not hold this information. The statistical data collected by the department identify how many premises have permission, in the form of a premises licence or club premises certificate, to put on regulated entertainment, including live music. However, it is not known how many schools have obtained an appropriate permission to cover live performances of music and the provision of entertainment facilities, or indeed any other form of regulated entertainment such as a dance event or a play. In some cases, a school may decide to put on an event by giving a temporary event notice.

Although the Licensing Act 2003 requires schools and colleges to obtain a licence for regulated entertainment to which the public are invited, or for a private entertainment where a fee is charged with a view to profit, they are exempt from paying the licence fee if the event is provided by, located at and for the purpose of the school or college.

See: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90715w0002.htm#09071576000578

Please cut and paste, or share this post if you support the petition, please sign and circulate the links above as widely as possible http://www.birminghammusicnetwork.com

You are welcome to leave any comments you may have regarding this petition below.

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