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Parliamentary debate on the future of Arts, Creative & Cultural Industries and Birmingham.

Parliamentary debate on the future of Arts, Creative & Cultural Industries

The first debate in the House of Commons on arts and culture in over five years took place on 19th June 2013. Given the huge economic and cultural value the sector generates, how important to the government is the future? Maybe the clue is in the massive turn out (See picture above). Some valuable arguments were raised, including the BBC representation of regional broadcast production and investment to the Midlands. Here is the transcript or you can cringe through the video here:

If you are interested to read how some people perceive, research and formulate recommendations for the growth of the Independent Music Sector in Birmingham, read through this document: Does Birmingham punch below its weight? Research and recommendations for growth of the Independent Music Sector in Birmingham by Councillor Ernie Hendricks, James Burkmar, Kevin D’Costa. It has only taken three years of emails, phone calls, and meetings to chase down and read a copy of this, but read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

And if you want more, to put some context around what’s been going on over the years, have a read of this, it’s an eye opener. Birmingham: How to kill a city – The Economist http://goo.gl/fb/pZgKq  – Britain’s planning laws all too often restrict and prevent investment which might create economic growth. It is worth remembering occasionally that things were once even worse. For proof of that, see this fascinating post on Birmingham’s economy in the 1950s and 1960s, by Henry Overman, of the LSE’s Spatial Economics Research Centre. It’s worth reading. A shorter version here: http://www.economist.com/blogs/blighty/2013/05/birmingham

More articles worth reading and discussing can be found here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/strategy/

April 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 25th April 2013

Attendance:
Ayesha Campbell – singer vocal coach

Andrea Campbell- students of sound

Manoj Solanki – produces dance music

Hugh McGuinness – music promoter, band manager

Robert Sharl – BCU, Futurilla podcast network

Emma Scott- marketing for University of Birmingham

Richard Battye – River studio

Andrew Marsh – Oxjam, Birmingham

Tom – Skill sharing company, apps for phones Music

Richard Mitten – freelance sound engineer.

Spence Cater -Musician, Songwriter

Simon Howes – Freelance sound engineer

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February 2013 Music Network Meeting Minutes

The Music Network Meeting Minutes February 28th 2013

Attendance:

Mark Badger – Birmingham Music Network / Iron Man Records

Yanhua Jiang – BCU

Robert Sharl – BIAD / Futurilla

Katheryn Taylor – Singer Songwriter

Matt Gaffiney – Composer and Performer

Ilvars Veinbergs – Photography, Arts Projects

Steve Rubinstein – Musician Songwriter

Christina Sabbagh – Vocalist / BOA

Adrian Kimberlin – Exit Recording

Richard Battye – River Studio (Photograph) The Undercocks (Band)

Robin Valk – Radio To Go

Kirsty Lowrie – Motivated by Music

a number of other people showed up late but I didnt get their details as the conversation was flowing…..

Apologies: None

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Anyone got a contact for Keisha Thompson, local singer songwriter?

We’re looking to get in touch with Keisha Thompson regarding a filming opportunity with BBC Midlands Today who have been in touch.

If you did happen to have contact details for Keisha or were able to pass this message on it would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Matt

Matt Height
Press Office Administrative Assistant
Marketing & Communications Department
Birmingham City University
City North Campus
Perry Barr
Birmingham B42 2SU

T: 0121 331 6739
E: matt.height@bcu.ac.uk

The Flyover Show Freedom Square, Soweto, South Africa 31st March 2012 FREE 10am to 6pm

The Flyover Show FLYER FRONT 31st March 2012: Freedom Square, South Africa

In the days of early apartheid rule half a century ago, on 26 June 1955, over 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations made their way through police cordons to gather on a dusty square in Kliptown, Soweto, 40km south of Johannesburg.

This was the Congress of the People, who met to draw up the Freedom Charter, an alternative vision to the repressive policies of the apartheid state.

At the time, Nelson Mandela had to stay concealed to avoid the police. On the second day, the authorities broke up the gathering, but not before the charter was adopted as a guide document. It remains the cornerstone of African National Congress (ANC) policy to this day, and is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.

That dusty field has now been declared a national heritage site, and on 26 June 2005 President Thabo Mbeki lit a flame of freedom in Kliptown to mark the opening of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication – and 50 years of the Freedom Charter.

The Flyover Show 31st March 2012:

Hip-Hop artist and award winning alto-saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, will host a groundbreaking show featuring a diverse and brilliant line-up in the historic Freedom Square on 31st March 2012. Among the artists that have confirmed their appearance at the Flyover Show are Tumi from Tumi and the Volume, Soweto Kinch and band, Feya Faku, ESKA, Jonzi D, Bokani Dyer, DJ Raiko and the Kliptown Youth Program Gumboot Dancers. Continue reading

Soweto Kinch at The Flyover Show 31st March 2012 South Africa

Soweto Kinch 2012

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.

Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.

Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie. By Royal Appointment is 3-part prime time reality music show, following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace. Kinch, describe how the programme (due for transmission on the 23rd February, 2011) really allowed him to extended his work as an curator and mentor, “it was a radically fresh approach to discovering and nurturing new talent, and an antedote to the usual pop formulae and manufactured music.”

The Flyover Show is Soweto’s flagship project. Currently in its 5th year, this groundbreaking daylong, music and arts festival takes place in its unusual setting beneath a motorway flyover in Birmingham. Featuring artists as divergent as Goldie, Akala and Omar the festival continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class rostra to an often neglected corner of inner city Birmingham – its previous guests having included Bashy, Ms Dynamite, Janet Kay, Ty, Speech Debelle and Jonzi D to name a few. This year, The Flyover Show will also be taking place for the first time in the unique and historic Freedom Square, also known as the Walter Misulu Square of dedication, Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa. Continue reading