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Feedback on 10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry

Here is some feedback on your answers to “10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry” from Sue at Birmingham City Council.

Sue says: Councillor Ernie Hendricks and James Burkmar have asked me to forward the email below on their behalf.

Dear Colleague

In the interests of staying in touch with you all.

Following on from our event last month at the Orange Studios (and thanks again to all those who attended), we are completing a number of short interviews with people to finish this stage of the consultation.

A clear picture is emerging of strengths, specialism, opportunities and needs across the city.

On Monday 22nd February, we held a similar event to the one with the stakeholders. We won’t go into it now, but the attendance from Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, UKTI, Business Link and others was excellent. The session was forward-looking, open and honest.

What we would like you to know is that the ideas and thoughts you expressed proved to be a powerful critical stimulus for their thinking – attendees found the session useful and were candid about how their thinking had been informed, with some saying openly their view of the sector had changed as a result. The value of dialogue perhaps…

In essence, the sector came across as positive in the extreme, ambitious, innovative, entrepreneurial and balancing a strong artistic and commercial focus.

What happens now?

It will take about a month to complete a short and hopefully punchy report which will make recommendations for action and development.  You will be provided with copies.

We are sure you’re aware, but both Birmingham Music Network and Capsule are running surveys/blogs related to this area of interest – please contribute to the discussion if you feel able.

Regards
James Burkmar and Councillor Ernie Hendricks
Planning, Evaluation, Facilitation – Joining things up for the Creative Sector
(James 07736 709350)

10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry answered by Ben Calvert

1. In your view, what is the current state of the region’s “Independent Music Industry?”

There are a small percentage of clued up people, building local, national and international networks, in order to create and market music in the face of adversity.

2. What do you think are it’s immediate needs with reference to the areas that you are most familiar with?

To create sustainable, (ie NOT an acoustic night every night of the week in every pub), live music events where the acts, promoters, and venues all benefit equally in terms of financial remuneration, (pay), and where new audiences are developed.

3. As far as the region’s “Independent Music Industry” is concerned, what do you think shows the greatest potential for the next few years?

Strong, trusting networks that work via the “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch your’s” theory.

4. In recent years, there has been a range of initiatives and projects designed to support the development of music in Birmingham. Can you list 5 projects or initiatives that you think have proved beneficial to the “Independent Music Industry?”

Creative Pathways showed some potential. As someone who helped run a course under it’s umbrella, I might be biased! However, I’ve recently met people who went on the course, and they have developed as working musicians as a result of it, benefiting from modules on Self-Promotion using New Media, and Recording Techniques.

5. Can you list any projects or initiatives that you think have proved “of little use or benefit” to the “Independent Music Industry?”

Gigbeth – At the first one, at the opening ceremony, there were more people in the form of the band, the staff and security than there were in the audience. Many of the stewards were from London, so they had no local knowledge to help people get from one stage to another etc.

ArtsFest – There’s always a huge song and dance about how it’s Britain’s biggest festival. Is biggest best? There is a patronizing assumption that from the start of the booking procedure that acts will play for free, (payment or non-payment is never mentioned at all). If the event is meant to be for the benefit of artists, then how about sending out well-designed, well-branded press pack to relevant industry people?

The publicity for ArtsFest is shocking-The website held info for the 2008 event until a WEEK before the 2009 event. And the design elements-They use Clip Art!!!!! For the biggest festival in the UK…

6. With regard to your answers to questions 4 and 5, do you think Birmingham should continue to pursue the idea of more initiatives and projects designed to support the development of music in Birmingham?

Yes, definitely. But Birmingham City Council should identify and consult music event organisers to run the events who have proven experience in booking artists, designing and distribution of publicity, dealing with venues and everything that goes with running events.  Or at least, they should work in conjunction with them, employing them as well-paid consultants.

7. If you could make any changes to, or include any new ideas for, any “strategy for supporting the development of music in Birmingham” what would your top priorities be?

With regards to festivals like ArtsFest, my suggestion would be:

Contact The Drum, Capsule, Bohemian Jukebox, The Other Woman’s Club, Moseley Folk Festival, leftfoot, Birmingham Promoters and Seven Inch Cinema, and identify some others. Give each a budget to run a stage. Between them they have the experience and know-how to make it work.

8. If you were given the task of evaluating whether a project or initiative had been successful, what would you suggest as the best indicators of success, failure, benefit or disaster for the “Independent Music Industry?”

Did the project improve the long-term earning capability of the artists involved?
Were audiences introduced to art that they would not have usually encountered?
Did people walk away with enriched souls?
Was art of a high standard created?

9. As far as your knowledge or understanding of the region’s “Independent Music Industry” is concerned, what are it’s greatest strengths, and what are it’s greatest weaknesses?

The strengths are that there are some truly amazing bands. The weakness is that the bands are often self-deprecating (A Birmingham ‘tradition’), dis-organised and unable to understand the theory of supply and demand for their music.

10. If you could do anything to “support the development of music in Birmingham” what would you do and why would you choose to do that?

I ran 180 live Post-folk, Anti-Folk, and Alt-Folk music events between October 2003 and January 2010. (Bohemian Jukebox). I thought that might be enough to support the development of a certain type of music in Birmingham, and it was for a while.

I chose to do that because there was a need for well-organised music events for acts playing those genres.

I’m now concentrating on Bohemian Jukebox Recordings to bring some of Birmingham’s music talents to an international audience. I’ve chosen to do that, as I’d now rather concentrate on developing a few acts of quality via the power of recorded media, rather than dealing with lots of acts in the context of live music events.

Ben Calvert

The Music Network was contacted in January 2010 by a group drawn from Birmingham City Council and the Arts Council England to begin to determine an overview of the current state, needs and potential of the “Independent Music Industry” in Birmingham.

The Music Network invites people with an interest or active role within Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry to answer 10 questions.

If you wish to get involved read 10 Questions for Birmingham’s Independent Music Industry and send your completed responses by email to: info at birminghammusicnetwork.com – Thank You.

Simon Howes has created an easy to use google survey for these questions here too.

All completed questions will be published here unless you state otherwise. Please be sure to include your full Name, brief biography or information about who you are and what you do, and any links to your website or blog so you can be credited in full 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.

A NIGHT OF PUNK ROCK ANARCHY – The Wagon and Horses, Digbeth, Birmingham, Saturday 14th march 8pm Door tax: £6

A NIGHT OF PUNK ROCK ANARCHY IN BIRMINGHAM
The Wagon and Horses, Digbeth, Birmingham
Saturday 14th march
8pm
Door tax: £6

Saturday March 14th 2009

A NIGHT WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN SALT . BIRMINGHAM WILL HOST 3 OF THE FINEST BANDS ON THE PUNK ROCK CIRCUIT.

FROM IRELAND: PARANOID VISIONS (THE HATE OF THE CITY)
(includes members ex members of : striknien dc / P.A.I.N.and Bad Manners)

LONDON PUNKS :
THE RESTARTS – ANARCHO PUNK AT ITS BEST

FROM DERBY:
POUNDAFLESH – LIKE WATCHING A RIOT KICK OFF

Gigbeth 2008:another failure or another success?Was it both?What are your thoughts a few months on?

I have resisted the temptation to put my thoughts on Gigbeth 2008 down as I didn’t attend any part of it. I was hoping to hear all the stories, read up on the reviews and look at the pictures but to be honest there hasn’t been much to look at. Perhaps I haven’t looked very far.

Was it a another failure or another success, how do you define failure, how do you define success? Was it a failure and also a success? How was Gigbeth for you? What impact has Gigbeth had? How do you measure an event’s success?

photo

This is the only photo sent in to the Music Network during the event from a member of the public, was it really all that bad?

I don’t think it was. Have a look at this http://www.davepiper.org.uk/music/gigbeth08/gigbethmainlogotilt/

There is a flickr group that people have contributed to here:
http://flickr.com/search/?q=gigbeth&s=rec

Gigbeth Reviews:

4 Talent Magazine http://www.4talentmagazine.com/2008/11/11/4talent-gigbeth-stage-round-up

Birmingham Post  http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2008/11/10/guillemots-provide-value-for-month-at-gigbeth-festival-65233-22216579/

Rhubarb Radio http://www.rhubarbradio.com/live/events/archive.aspx

Gigbeth PO Box 14386
Birmingham
B25 9EL
www.gigbeth.com
www.gigbethconference.com

Please send  in your links, photos, reviews and comments on your Gigbeth experience and any suggestions for the future would be most welcome, i feel some evaluation of past events and hopes for future ones may be useful. Your comments please…..

Gigbeth Conference 2008 Tickets are £100 + VAT

Thursday 6th November 2008 10am – 6pm + VIP Gigbeth Opening Party at 6pm.

 

Come and listen to Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) talk to Janice Long (BBC) about his experience of music education both as a student and as a workshop leader and his experience of the music industry so far.

 

+ workshops and debates looking at:

 

       links between the music industry and music education

       how to promote your music

       Intellectual Property and Music Law

 

With expert speakers like Marc Jaffrey (Music Manifesto), Maggie Crowe (BPI and Governor of the BRIT School), Rich Castillo (A&R for Shalit Global) and Alexis Grower(International music lawyer).

 

All this will take place the Radisson SAS Hotel in Birmingham followed by a VIP Opening Party featuring exclusive performances by Scott Matthews and Nigel Clark from Dodgy(Champagne reception sponsored by Harvey Nichols Birmingham).

 

Tickets are £100 + VAT and include entrance to the conference, VIP Party, Queue jumping pass to the Gigbeth Festival and a one day pass to Music Live at the NEC.


Email Clare Edwards on gigbeth@mac.com to reserve your place now!  http://www.gigbethconference.com

 

Posted by email from Iron Man Records (posterous)

Gigbeth Music Festival, Birmingham, 2008

Gigbeth 2008 –  Initial announcement just in.

Digbeth hosts Birmingham’s biggest Music Festival bringing together a large variety of independent musical styles and cultures.

Gigbeth, Birmingham’s biggest celebration of music, returns to Digbeth this November. Boasting a 2008 line up of A-list artists from a wide range of musical genres, Gigbeth is taking place as Birmingham’s very own Music Festival.

Gigbeth 2008 music festival will take place from 7th-8th November throughout Digbeth in Birmingham. Gigbeth 2008 has something for all music loving members of the public, with top draw artists from many genres and a line up that will see established favorites join the newest rising stars.

With performances in over 10 venues throughout the entire weekend, alongside an outdoor main stage at Millennium Point, Gigbeth 2008 is Birmingham’s biggest ever music festival.
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Making the Tranzition Music Industry Seminar

Are you looking to start a career within the music industry? Studying music and want to know more about the business? Recently graduated and want to know how to get into work or set up business? The Making the Tranzition Music Industry Seminar is here to help! (& its FREE)

The Making the Tranzition seminar is all about how to make the transition into work or employment within the music industry. Speaking at the seminar will be a selected number of key local music industry figures. They will share with you their stories and experiences within the music industry. Their knowledge will give you an insight into working within the music industry and will help you to make decisions to further your career, increase your own employability and create new work opportunities.

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