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29th May 2014 Music Network Meeting Minutes

Apologies :
Mark Badger – Tour driving somewhere on a motorway…
Sue Nicholls

Present:  –

Robin: –
2 events to promote

Crowd Out – Millennium Point – an event (birmingham contemporary music group) will use 1000 singers in a performance. 2 performances on Sunday 8th June 2:30pm – Free. Directed by Claire Edwards (Notorious)

Songwriters cafe – starting in Mid to late July in Northfield – organised by Paul Murphy. In a well organised acoustic songwriters event. Robin will be putting together a blog podcast of both. His next blog – BlueBeat orchestra have just released an LP on honesty box principle. There is a songwriters cafe website and Robin will also feature and link to this on his blog. www.radiotogo.com.

Adrian Kimberline:

Spence Cater: Singer Songwriter:

Looking to collaborate with writers studio producers (Indie, Rock, Dance etc) has some releases on ‘tribe of noise’.
Looking to get high standard music product out to a market.
Looking for paid gigs.

Also promoting The Songwriters Circle – meets at The MAC regularly . Good contacts and get to perform at the MAC. end of term showcase 16th July £2 only!!!

Full English are partners – There is a concert taking place 2nd July (MAC)

Spence also recommended : Space for growth – government scheme – letting out vacated buildings in Birmingham – may be useful for a SME / Label etc details are at:

epins.ogc.gov.uk/spaceforgrowth ) city centre trading addresses etc


Ryan Hill / Tony- Music Propagator CIC:
They are A label, promotor, projects etc
gigs at Roadhouse, Flapper, Academy…
Always looking for bands for the gigs and label

festivals they are involved in at present: –
Fin Fest – in Abbotts Bromley



Rachael Smith – Studying composition at birmingham conservatoire.
Here to find out whats happening in music in Brum and to look for collaborations/ gigs (Plays flute – looking to collaborate – plays beatbox flute and effects.)

currently working on a project – funfair themed around a nightmare. set in felixstowe. looking for artists and designers and performers to get involved – due next summer. The Music will be acoustic – soon to release a call for proposals – commission people.

This august a pilot event will take place.

email: r.v.smith@hotmail.co.uk.

Luke Titmus – Freelance studio engineer
Works a lot in LA doing freelance audio work but is based in Birmingham
He has a Studio in the Jewellery Quarter – which can be Dry hired out – (Caroline Street)

He produces and engineers and is free until August to collaborate on projects or work.

Coming up releases with: –
Currently : Aesthetics (A two drummer band)indie emo
Cowbander (Heavy Rock)

email: luke_titmus@hotmail.com
also check out his sound cloud/ iTunes etc links on website.


Has previously run a music TV show (23 broadcast shows) that went out to 300 countries.
Used to broadcast The Mix Bollywood & Hollywood music mix.

Looking for artists who have been out in the States – looking to get them back.

Looking to start a new TV show.

(Robin recommended Shaanti TV & Eastern Electronic Festival)

Anthony + James Lapworth:
(Rosetta Fire)
a band based in Warwick- with gigs coming up in London.

have been playing gigs mostly in Warwickshire – looking for gig opportunities in the rest of Midlands.

They have a range of material and are looking for publishing advice/contacts

FB & Youtube

Louise Alley : Plug And Amp – (Music network Cov/Warwickshire )

Events coming up:

21st June Festival
Local bands

Nuneaton – Festival – This Sunday.
Big Boro Festival
Includes Scouting for Girls
Drop Down Smiling

Harpreet Solhal – an Audio Engineer (Studio) has worked at Blue Whale. Looking to collaborate. Artists to work with. Logic Pro. etc. and start a blog for Band Biog’s directory for musicians? any ideas?

Claire Woodward – Song writer
Her performance skills aren’t very good. So looking for collaborations for her material. and to collaborate on writing.
Singer Songwriters with an emphasis on Ballades and Indie.

Looking for Publishing.

clarewoodward soundcloud

Craig (Drummer) –
Looking for networking and gigs.
covers and functions but more interested in doing originals (As long as it doesn’t get in the way of an income).


Kat Howell – Singer :
singer for hire – looking for projects to collaborate


not a songwriter – looking to sing. (Rock, pop, soul etc)

sings in ‘partners in crime’ (Covers band)


Mike Bickerton:
BCU film tutor – school of digital media technology.

Students have an assignment each year to produce music promos and are looking for bands to have a video made.

Contact: Mike


Mike – has a photoblog
365 photos of discarded items –
Discarded 365

writes a music blog – reviews artists, gigs and music content – based on her own selection criteria.

writes for – iAston magazine.

likes to support local bands / unsigned bands. Interested in promoting new music.

If you have anything to review /promote contact Joy ….


blog: joywarmann.blogspot.co.uk

She plays drums in a band in London. looking for placements and contacts in A&R

Nick – Giraffe Audio
Gear/Recording Production

A great company here to help …

New ableton user group has just started for Birmingham.

Hosted at www.Giraffeaudio.com

a meetup for audio engineers /producers etc to meet up and get involved.

M.A.C Arts Centre Reopens it’s doors Saturday May 1st 2010

MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

At 10 o’clock on Saturday May 1st, MAC finally reopens its doors after a two-year, £15m refurbishment giving everyone the chance to join in the fun and get to know the new MAC. With three days of activities, workshops events and performances, there will be something for everyone.

Saturday will see the first members of the public entering the new purpose-built gallery to see the opening exhibition plug in. Examining Birmingham’s changing role as a global city encountering change, exhibits include pictures and artefacts from Birmingham’s manufacturing heritage, including the sign from the now demolished HP Sauce factory in Aston, a Morris Minor and photos from Stuart Whipps’s series Ming Jue documenting Rover production moving from Longbridge to Nanjing.

Members of the public have also contributed to the show, with a newly commissioned sound piece from Peter Cusack examining people’s favourite sounds of Birmingham, and the Birmingham word cloud – a visual representation of words people associate with Birmingham submitted through social media site Twitter.

In the evening the refitted theatre is hosting its first ever standing gig with Misty’s Big Adventure, Vijay Kishore and Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey. Retractable seating means that the theatre is

Out on the relandscaped Terrace on Sunday, critically acclaimed dance troupe Motionhouse will be conducting open rehearsals for their spectacular new piece Cascade, commissioned by mac. One of mac’s associate artists, Motionhouse will be showing off their extraordinary dance and aerial skills as they adventure into a world of water, giving visitors the chance to get a sneak preview of the show developing and put questions to the dancers and choreographer Kevin Finnan.

Monday sees the grand finale of The City Sings, an anthem for mac composed by Helen Ottaway of Artmusic, which will ring out across the city throughout the day with trumpeters, a bus load of singing school children, the Bournville Carillon and many more all joining in. At 4pm the event will culminate in a mass performance as the various groups gather from across the park to celebrate mac’s reopening.

Throughout the weekend there will also be a host of free taster sessions covering the whole range of the Learning & Participation programme, trailers and short films in the refurbished cinema and performances and workshops hosted by South Asian arts organisation Sampad.

Dorothy Wilson, Chief Executive at mac said: “Over ten years in the making, the Building Project has created a dynamic and exciting arts centre that offers vastly improved spaces for audiences and artists alike, I can’t wait to show people around this May Bank Holiday Weekend.”

Highlights of the weekend include:

Amplifying the Map – Guided Tours
Enjoy a range of distinct trails; follow a fantastic audio trail adventure or stroll from bridge to bridge on a journey made for those who care for Cannon Hill Park.

Misty’s Big Adventure, Vijay Kishore, Joe Broughton & Kevin Dempsey
Sat 1 May, 8pm £14
Misty’s Big Adventure, bring their hip hop beats, screwy jazz, pop, scratching and electric toys. They share the event with rising start Vijay Kishore alongside virtuosi of guitar and fiddle, Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton.

Creating Cascade Open Rehearsals
Sunday 2 May
Take a sneak preview of Motionhouse’s next outdoor spectacle that promises to be a display of extraordinary dance and aerial skills. Watch how the show develops and put your questions to the choreographer Kevin Finnan.

plug in
Saturday 1 May – Monday 30 August
Plug in, guest curated by artist Simon Poulter, celebrates the opening of mac’s enviable new gallery space by exploring the changing role of our home city.

The Sampad Story
Saturday 1 May – Monday 30 August
A retrospective exhibition that takes you on a journey of South Asian arts in the region since 1990, told through the eyes of the artists, audiences and communities from the past twenty years.

The City Sings, a new work written by Helen Ottaway to celebrate the re-opening of mac
Monday 3 May
Join in as musicians and singers from all over Birmingham appear together to perform in the extraordinary event.

In addition, as part of the opening weekend you will be able to find out more about our Learning and Participation programme. With a wide range of free workshops, artists workshops and artist demonstrations you can take a sneaky peek and sample what’s to come!

What’s more, throughout the weekend there will be an opportunity to re-introduce yourself to our Cinema, see some trailers and shorts and catch up on some of the films that have been released while the mac has been closed. Highlights include A Single Man, It’s Complicated and I am Love.


Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham B12 9QH


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