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May 2010 Music Network Meeting Minutes

The Music Network Meeting Minutes 27th May 2010

Chaired by Mark Badger


Mark Badger (Iron Man Records, The Music Network), Robin Valk (RadioTogo.com), Jenny Tate (Violet Sky Music Management, Saturday Rock on Rhubarb Radio), Saurabh Thomas (Student at BCU,) Rich Mitton (Mitton Audio, Audio Engineer, front of House, Vinnie and the curse),  Darren Roberts (University of Birmingham), Bernadette Markantonakis, Olivia Markantonakis (at University in Lincoln and doing drama, also singer & actress), Colin Tippin (Musicalexchanges.com), Rob Heaton (Pathway productions, music production and video production), Andy Watt (Base Studios, rehearsal studios and venue with streaming internet) Spence Cater (Writer photographer, musician, mentor),

Apologies: Dusky edwards, Clare Edwards, Anthony Hughes, Andy Derrick.

Rich Mitten:
One man operation, he’s a front of house and monitor engineer, also does studio production.
He can offer advice and guidance from putting on an event to any element of production.
Rich is working as an engineer for Vinnie and the Curse.

Rob Heaton:
Looking to get into music and video production. Recently been doing some training on music creation software. Interested in doing some remixing work. Currently doing a documentary for a competition “two weeks to make it” its the first time the competition has been run. the idea is take two weeks to make a music video.
07858 520318 bert@wonderful.plus.com
looking for musicians and others to get in touch.

Darren Roberts

From University Of Birmingham. Writing a project focused on power relations in birmingham, how music works in the west midlands. wants to hear from people about their views in the music industry. There are a series of quesions

“Your experiences of both the commercial world of music and the public world (as in public funding bodies), and the different challenges to be faced or benefits to be gained, the impact on creativity, and the relationship/contrasts that exist between both spheres””Where do you see different forms of unity (stability, hierarchy, power) and division (exclusion, illegitimacy, segregation) within Birmingham’s music industry”

If anyone is interested in contributing: Dxr827@bham.ac.ukThere is also a small piece “musicism in birmingham” to be posted on the blue whale blog.

Robin Valk:

Is talking about local radio and its relationship with local music.
Focus is where radio has been, where it is going and where the new opportunities lie and some of the things you can do with radio. Also looking at audio with pictures. Its not a positive picture for radio but it is positive for creativity.

Robin is involved with Project x presents: a multi media event, with music, dance, performance artists, builds to a climax of mark wreck dj set. next event will be informal possibly in november and wants to make it more music based.

wants to get musicians collaborating and getting ideas together.

Robin is pushing to get people djing

suggestions welcome, expenses will be paid but thats about it. if you want to get involved please get in touch: robin@radiotogo.com


(Violet Sky management launching a band “Hope Order truth”)
band looking for support slots, band have new stuff in production, website, facebook, looking for sponsorhsip for the album launch and also collaboration from anyone who can help the launch go sucessfully
looking for any platform to help the band. Looking for people to come in for the show on saturdayrocks@rhubarbradio.com


A singer who is looking to work with bands, producers, studios, anyone who is making pop music and requires a good female singer. oliviamarkantonakis@hotmail.com 07958 225864

It is a website resource for musicians, still under construction. Site has networking section, recruitment section, mini traders section for people to sell to each other, also shop section for people to find good deals.

Trying to build an ebay style or facebook style dating.com and an online shopping center

Should be launched very soon. Website has been two years in the making
Colin is inviting people to get involved, register with the website and take part in testing still taking place.

Colin is looking for two more web developers enquiries@musicalexchanges.com


Base Studios
Near Stourbridge Railway Station, 200 capacity live venue, basic lighting rig, 5k rig, good sound desk, bar and six rehearsal rooms.
Theres a green screen behind the stage backdrop
Get a Gig: Warren@basestudios1.co.uk if you want a gig
website: myspace.com/basestudios

Andy looking for people that would be interested in employing someone who can source and sell merchandise, experience working with label, licensing and running the label, interested in finding out more about online and digital sales.
Andy Watt: andy.watt@ssp.uk.com

Saurabh Thomas

Is aiming at being a composer, wants to get into television and advertising, wants to know how to get into the business
discussion followed, do your research, find people already successful, find out how they operate, try and approach some independent filmakers, perhaps look at screenwestmidlands,



Spence cater:

Moseley in bloom is a few weeks away. the garden area is open to the public. Looking for a jazz trio
anyone who is interested get in touch with spence cater
oakland road, up past the patrick kavanagh

September 2008 Music Network minutes

The Music Network
25th September
TIC, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham

Andy Derrick     -Midlands Regional Officer for the Musicians’ Union andy.derrick@musiciansunion.org.uk www.musiciansunion.org.uk

Lyndsey Hardiman     – Midlands Regional Administrator for the Musicians’ Union lyndsey.hardiman@musiciansunion.org.uk

Dave Ewer    – Creative Communications lowerarchy@msn.com www.birminghamwords.co.uk

Cameron Morgan    – Student from South Birmingham College purebreed69@live.co.uk

Abi Seabrook    – Singer and workshop leader abigail.seabrook@hotmail.com

Bob Ubki    – Singer/songwriter and project leader bobubki@aol.com

Simon Howes    – Hardware developer and acoustic engineer simon.howes.mobile@gogglemail.com

Robert Lane    – Singer/songwriter and guitar teacher rlane110@hotmail.com www.robertlanemusic.co.uk

Emma Nouriel    – Head of Music from Scratch radio emma.nouriel@scratchradio.co.uk www.scratchradio.co.uk

Justin Stainton    – Head of New Music from Scratch radio justin.stainton@scratchradio.co.uk www.scratchradio.co.uk

Pete Rhead    – Video producer from Musoplex pjrhead@yahoo.com www.musoplex.com

Andy Blakemore    – from Creative Launchpad a.blakemore@creativelaunchpad.co.uk

Perminder    – Singer for Asian films

Clare Edward    – Gigbeth www.gigbeth.com

Angela Wilson    – Singer/songwriter angellacorrina@yahoo.com

Emma Seel    – Singer/songwriter karmicenergy3@goony.com

Dave Withney    – Owner of the Roadhouse venue in Stirchley                theroadhouse@klminternet.co.uk

Apologies    – Mark Sampson (in Norway)


Andy Derrick introduced how the Birmingham Music Network works and that it was a support network for musicians.

1.    Lyndsey Hardiman asked if any of the attendees had come across pay to play in any local venues.

Abi Seabrook said she had heard of venues that make the band buy an amount of tickets.

Bob Ubki said that Rich Bitch studios wanted bands to pay for hire of the room for invited guests.

Andy Derrick voiced the opinion that pay to play takes away artists choice and is very narrow minded thinking.

A discussion ensued of what opportunities are available for Birmingham bands.

2.    Andy Derrick asked the attendees if they were aware of Surface Unsigned and what their thoughts on it were.

It was mentioned that on certain websites and blogs there is a general negative feeling.  There is a rumour that it is pay to play and that bands are required to sell a certain amount of tickets.

Robert Lane asked for people’s opinions on competitive gigs

Abi felt that even if it was competitive it was just another gig that would raise your bands profile although she would never pay to enter one.  Also that a bit of competition is a healthy thing.

3.    Bob Euby is looking to get Bhangra footage edited and put together and asked if anyone could help.

Andy recommended musoplex and Pete offered to help.

4.    Dave Ewer who is a student at Birmingham College University has taken over Birmingham Words which is a local website whose funding has been taken over by the University.  He wants to find creative people in the following areas, music, film and fiction writing.
The website is going to be re-launched over the next few months and they are hoping to bring out a quarterly magazine.  He is hoping to feature and showcase people, also to promote Birmingham.

Simon Howes recommended that he spoke to Andrew Dubber and Paul Bradshaw both of which work in the Media School.  Also that he speaks to Paul Brushwood who is a Creative teacher in the college.

5.    Pete Rhead spoke about his work at the studio Musoplex which can do everything for a musician from videos and photos to recording etc.

Andy spoke about the workshop that is happening at Musoplex on Thursday 9th October entitled ‘Everything you need to know about the music business’.

6.    Andy Blakemore talked about Creative Launchpad which helps people in the creative sector and is free of charge.  It can assist people to put together a business plan. He offered his availability to help anyone that wanted to chat.

7.    Perminder who is a singer for Asian and English film is looking for finance for films.  He spoke about his work to date and the fact that it is a very specific art form and difficult to do.

8.    Justin from Scratch Radio which is a student and community station that is trying to reflect what goes on in Birmingham.  They want to connect with people that are passionate about music and are willing to get involved.  Examples of way that people can get involved are interviewing bands and artists and going to gigs and reviewing them.  They are offering training to anyone that is interested in getting involved.  The radio station is based at the Perry Barr Campus and is going live in January 2009. studio@scratchradio.co.uk

9.    Clare Edwards came to speak about Gigbeth which is running in conjuction with Music Live.  The headlining acts are the Guillemots and the Sugar Hill Gang plus lots of local bands. There will be a conference at the Radisson Hotel on the 6th November.  Gigbeth has three stands of thought music education, how to promote your music better and music law and IP.  Clare offered to have interviewers from Scratch Radio.  Tickets are available from ticketseller.com and at Rooty Frooty’s and also from 0844 8883 883.  www.gigbeth.com

Radio To Go podcast

Hurrah! A new Radio To Go podcast.

The latest is devoted to the September Project X Presents! I’m referring you to the PXP, cos this rather fab event is really difficult to put into words – you kind of have to be there. Of course, it helps if you’re in Birmingham. On September 13th. At BUSK on Gough St. Get your tickets now, off the website. or at Jibbering.

This ‘cast has 360, Lil Miss Vix Buzzfox, Rich Batsford, Arc Vel, Loopz and Cellardoor.

Radio To Go Podcasts normally surface, work permitting, about once every month… although for some unaccountable reason, it’s taken me nine months to get this one up. They are devoted to the stunning wealth of terrific music coming out of Birmingham and the West Midlands in the UK. Find them at feedburner and iTunes.

More details at http://radiotogo.blogspot.com/


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