To find out some of what we’ve done, you can click BBMM 2006 and BBMM 2007 and BBMM 2008
| Here is where you will find links to all the BBMM related activities - please click on the hot-linked items below for the latest information:|
BBMM2009: Learning - includes paid-for Monday half-day music industry masterclasses, free seminars with BASCA, MMF, Own-It, Event Planning course, a music business plan competition, etc
BBMM2009: Competitions - includes tickets to Yolanda Brown's Ronnie Scott's concert, the British Music Experience, free trial subscription of eMusic Week, recycled vinyl record handbags, autographed copies of Yolanda Brown's 'A Step Closer' EP, a copy of 'Keep On Running: The Island Records Story', etc
BBMM2009: Reminiscing & Screening - The Story Of London talks and short film screening: Lindsay Wesker, Prezedent, KMT and Kwaku led on the reminiscing of black music moments across London, followed by Q&A, and short undescoring the theme, including 'Talking Heads: London & Black Music', '1974: That Carib Story', and excerpts from the 'Brent Black Music History Project' DVD
BBMM2009: Listening - Get the lowdown on support from radio stations, from Colourful, who kicked it off on June 9 (available on Listen-Again 43-45), through to Westside, Hayes FM, NE1FM, DJ Mr Jay's SSRadio's BBM special (available on podcast) and other community stations, including Playvybz, and Bang FM, where Sherryl Blu's BBMM coverage includes a Story Of London & Black Music competition on Tuesday June 16 2009, 9-10pm
BBMM2009: Clubbing - Free BBM Deck Knights Pre-clubbing Club Night with Prezedent, KMT and Kwaku July 10
BBMM2009: Giving - Raising funds through a family fun day for Mission Dine Clubs Saturday June 27 2009, and tea, chat & music for Marie Curie Cancer Care Tuesday June 30 2009
BBMM2009: Networking - Have a meal and network in City Of London restaurant Friday July 3 2009
BBMM2009: Gigging - In addition to Brent Black Music History Live featuring Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra and Sista at the free, outdoor Brent Respect Festival on Sunday July 5 2009, there are numerous BBMM supported gigs featuring the likes of Finley Quaye, Yolanda Brown, Emmanuel Jai, BrazenBunch & BFI's Rivefront Cafe sessions, etc
BBMM2009: Interviews - Read what the likes of MC KC, Choong Family, Yolanda Brown and HKB Finn have to say. Also check out SoulCyde in Features
Please scroll down for information on our Monday Music Industry Masterclsses, BBMM2009 Flyers, and the updated and text version of BBMM2009 background.
Music Biz Empowerment Monday Half-Day Master-class Sessions. Mondays in June,
Bang Radio Boardroom, 2nd Floor, 89-93 High Street (above Abbey Bank), Harlesden, London, NW10 4NX. £25 for 1, £100 for 6 sessions (£20 for 1, £80 for 6 sessions special AIM members rate)
Accessible music industry professional development master classes offered to new entrants and industryites interested in increasing their knowledge of specific subjects. Very small classes & 1-2-1s. June 8: The Music Industry: Making Sense & Joining The Dots/Understanding Copyright & Contracts. June 15: Record Label Management/Music Publishing. June 22: Event Management/Legal & Business Affairs* (*with Independent Label Scheme). June 29: Artist Management/Marketing & PR.
020 8450 5987 email@example.com
Whilst BBMM is our initiative, we're open to working with other organisations and individuals in delivering events that satisfy our BBMM remit.
In addition to the usual, 2009 will focus especially on legal and business opportunities. BBB/BMC is committed to the items under section A (we will keep updating until our May 2009 press release deadline. Section B are some suggestions for those who wish to organise a BBMM related event.
BBM/BMC is not a commercial or publicly funded organisation. It is not against funding, but has deliberately decided to do what it can with its meagre financial resources. It is not adverse to collaborating with funded organisations.
For BBMM events (see Section A below), BBM/BMC is either working solo, has been proactive in approaching individuals or organisations to work on mutually beneficial projects. We’re keen for volunteers, media support, street marketers and event champions – we’re happy to have a discussion to see how this can be actualised: firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Support Dialogue.
There are two options for those who wish to offer some form of BBMM hook-up.
If your proposal falls under Section A, then it can not be merely suggesting an event BBM/BMC should organise (we’re not short of ideas, but we have limited resources). It has to be partnership proposal which outlines what kind of resources you’re offering, and what you expect from BBM/BMC. Please bear in mind the need for realistic leadtimes and resources required to actualise proposal.
If your proposal falls under Section B, then you (and any partners) are solely responsible for organising the event. BBM/BMC’s responsibility is confined to adding it to the BBMM list of event, and publicise it as such. BBM/BMC may be able to offer advice, such as suggesting suitable dates, venues, speakers, facilitators, etc.
(These are events organised by BBM/BMC, or co-organised with partners we have been pro-active in approaching).
Anatomy Of A Trailblazing British Black Music Album
An album anatomy, where the artist and key personnel that worked on the success of a specific album, will give first hand account of what contributed to the success of the album, and what lessons can be learnt in doing business today.
Where Music Really Makes Its Money – Monetising The Act
BBM’s Kwaku chairs a panel, which includes music industry lawyer and manager Richard Antwi, director of Levels Entertainment. Organised by Own-It and BBM/BMC in association with, and BBI and Southwark Alliance, this seminar examines the new industry reality where with income from sales of records declining, bands and their managers have to either find additional ways of making money or focus on areas hitherto they may not have prioritised.
Wednesday June 17 2009, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Podium Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB . £Free. For more information or to book:
The Story Of London & Black Music
BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress in association with BTWSC commemorates June Is British Black Music Month and marks Story Of London with The Story Of London & Black Music. An audio-visual presentation by notable personalities giving their personal reflections of soul, reggae, hip-hip and gospel music in relation to London. This free event also features London-focused music, and screening of excerpts from the Brent Black Music History Project DVD and other short films highlighting London’s black music history.
Friday June 19 2009, 6.30-9.30pm, The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green, London NW10 2SF. £free. To book: 020 8450 5987 or email@example.com.
Is Contemporary Black Music More About Recording Rather Than Songwriting?
Thursday June 18 2009, 6-8pm (tbc), £Free
A seminar and networking opportunity where the focus is on the songwriter, and songs, plus music publishing issues. Organised by BASCA in association with BBM/BMC
Law & Order
Practical advice on how to take care of business and legal matters running a recording, publishing or management business.
What’s This C In A Circle, P In A Circle IP Business? (provisional title)
A Intellectual Property (IP) focused seminar.
Music Industry Overview & Masterclasses
One day overview courses covering i) Music Industry and ii) Event Planning, and half-day courses i) Running A Record Label, ii) Music Publishing & Copyright, iii) Marketing & Promotion, and iv) Management, v) Understanding Digital Music & Marketing and vi) Credit Crunch? Identifying Sources Of Income & Making Money From Music. All courses are £25 each, or £100 for 6 courses early-bird discount till 20/05/09 and 5 courses early-bird discount till 27/05/09. These are very small classes – you are welcome to make enquiries or make provisional booking in advance: email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which course(s) you’re interested in. Courses take place 10.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-5.30pm on Monday June 8, 15, 22, 29
Akoben Awards (tbc)
An awards and online world for positive black music, which highlights conscious artists and songs that empower the community.
Follow The Money – Fundraising For Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic Music Practitioners (CANCELLED)
Wednesday June 3 2009, 10am -3pm. Members of Sound Sense or MusicLeader: £10; non-members: £15 (BBM discount price pending)
You’ve got to be in the know to progress. This day-long seminar will help you get a better understanding of the funding “game”. Speakers from the main arts and non-arts funders and successful social entrepreneurs will give you key information straight from the horse’s mouth, and will answer your questions. In Sharing Surgeries, experts will help you with your specific funding queries and issues. BBM supports this initiative put together by Sound Sense and Sound Connections in conjunction with Croydon Music Development Network and Croydon Borough Council. The Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood, London SE25 6AB. To book or for more info: email@example.com, 020 7729 7228.
Family Fun Fundraiser Day & The Black Music Records Fair IX
Saturday June 27, 3-7pm. Entry £1 adults, 50p children under 16 years
An opportunity to network, and sell your pitch or wares. It may not be MIDEM or Popkomm, but it’s a start for on-road and DIY artists. Come prepared with some money to support!! Limited stalls will be available at £10 each, plus open mic, karaoke, raffle, prizes, etc plus a fundraising exercise for the Mission Dine Club charity. Mission Dine Club Centre, Fry Road (near Longsdale Avenue/Dryton Road), Harlesden, London NW10 4BZ (venue phone no: 020 8965 5797).
Tea + Music + Networking = Fundraiser For Marie Curie
Tuesday June 30 2009, 4.30-6.30pm
An opportunity to have a cup of tea, some biscuits, a chat, a touch of networking, whilst listening to some cool British black music, and join in raffles as a way of raising funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. Minimum donation: £5. HAVS (Harrow Association For Voluntary Service) The Lodge, 64 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4HZ. For more information: Ms Serwah: 020 8450 5987 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who I Am & What I Do Networking III
Friday July 3 2009, 6.30-8.30pm. £10 in advance, £15 from July 1 2009 and at the door
Come let's reason and break bread, well, nan, during this intimate networking opportunity for individuals in the music and cultural industries, and the community & voluntary sector, to interact, find out skills, contacts, projects, and to hear speed presentations of what individuals and organisations are doing or looking for. Speed one-2-ones hook-ups with experts. Bring your business cards, flyers, brochures and samples. Takes place in an exclusive City Indian restaurant. Ticket price includes a meal (with chicken or vegetarian curry) served at 7pm (late-comers or those who wish not to eat can have their in take away pack) but NOT drinks, which can be purchased at the bar. It includes unplugged performances throughout the night. Mantra, 37 Crutched frairs, London EC31N 2AE. http://mantrarestaurant.co.uk. Accesible, edu-tainment live concert that highlights artists and music from the British black music scene.
Brent Black Music History Live
Sunday 5 2009. Sista: 3.20pm, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra: 4.20pm. £Free
From producing a book, DVD and photographic exhibition, the Brent Black Music History Project is now extending nto to the live arena with a pilot slot featuring Brent associated acts: Sista - the female reggae band made up of musicians from Akabu and Abbakush, including singer/guitarist Valerie Vybz, and the mighty Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, featuring the former musical director of Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 band. Brent Respect Festival. Family friendly day out. Roundwood Park, by Harlesden Road, London NW10. Come and have fun listening to real, live music! www.brent.gov.uk/arts.nsf/Festivals/LBB-23.
BBMM Supported Gigs (you should also check the Competitions page where we’re offering some tickets)
Shepherd’s Bush Festival, June 1-7 2009: www.sblf.co.uk
Gordon Masiala & Nka Musica
Wednesday June 3 2009. 12-piece Congolese soukouss band bring hot African sounds to west London! However, opening will be UK acts rapper Mohammed Yahya and turntablist KMT. Venue: Bush Hall. 7.30pm. £14
Emmanuel Jal/Wanlav The Kobolour
Thursday June 4 2009. Jal is a former Sudanese child soldier who has been carving a career as an international rapper. He’s supporting his second album ‘Warchild’, which features UK-based Sudanese R&B singer Ayak. He's supported by the impressive Ghanaian rapper Wanlav The Kubolour, whom you should not miss! Venue: Bush Hall. 7.30pm. £20
Lyric L & guests
Tuesday June 7 2009. The UK spoken word/hip-hop raptress and guests will bring some excitement to west London with the accent on the spoken word. Venue: Ginglik. 7.30pm. £9
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ. 020 82226955
Ginglik, 1 Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8PH. 020 7348 8968.
Reggae Fest Weekend/Music At Carnival Village June 4-6 2009 @ Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY. 020 7221 9700. www.carnivalvillage.org.uk.
‘Cheeky chappie’ Finley Quaye blew up on the back of his 1997 platinum-selling debut album ‘Maverick A Strike’ (Sony) and hit singles such as ‘Sunday Shining’ and ‘Even After All’. Between 1997 and 1998, his accolades included MOBO Best Reggae Act, Q Awards Best Newcomer, and a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist!
His music has tended to have a chill-out reggae-fusion vibe, and occasionally quite rocky or experimental. Lately he says he’s got deeper into reggae, but I wonder whether now that he aso plays the guitar with his band, there is a lot of rock edge to his live performance?
I’ll be checking that out when he kicks off his leisurely UK tour (June to Sept) with the June 4 gig at London’s Tabernacle, which form.
Thursday June 4 2009, 7-11pm. £8-£10. Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY. 020 7221 9700.
Good luck – and don’t forget to add your phone number!!!!!
A Lovers Rock Revue Show
Friday June 5 2009, 8-11pm. £5.
A night of lovers rock featuring: Princess Adwoa, Jimmy Lindsay, Carol Ellis, Harmony, Joy Mack, and a “mystery artist”, backed by The All-stars Band. Plus DJ Carl (Omega 104.1 FM), DJ Ratty (Omega 104.1 FM), Incredible Master P (Roots 95.4 FM), DJ Robert (Roots 95.4 FM), and Errol D (Bang 103. FM). What more can one say with such a line? Just sheer lovers and niceness! Enjoy this value-for-money event! For more info: email@example.com, www.myspace.com/joymack49, www.myspace.com/jimmylindsay50
Harare Dread & Kongo Banga
Saturday June 6 2009, 7-11pm. £5.
A night of African reggae and Afro-fusion and reggae! Catch Harare Dread’s distinctive concoction of African reggae rhythms with thought provoking lyrics and powerful grooves. If that’s not enough, don’t expect soukous but rather reggae and some African-fusion by Congolese reggae artist Kongo. Expect the house to be pumping!
Yolanda Brown Live @ Ronnie Scott's
Thursday June 25 2009, doors open 6pm. £15-£26
Find out why this young saxophonist bagged this year's MOBO best jazz gong, as she does her thing at the famed Ronnie Scott' venue, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Lineup include: Grand Piano - Oscar Steiler, Keys - Ayo Johnson, Bass - Amadu Koroma, Drums - Talbert Wilson, BVs: Aaron Sokell, Paul Boldeau and. Olu Sodeinde. For more info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/detail/565/yolanda-brown. BTW: you can check the Competitions channel, as BBM should have some pairs of tickets to give away!
BrazenBunch And The BFI Present Jazz In June @ Riverfront Café, BFI, Soutbank. London SE1 (Waterloo). www.bfi.org.uk, www.myspace.com/brazenbunch
As part of commemorating the 50th anniversary year of the legendary London jazz club Ronnie Scott's, the BFI presents Jazz in June, a mix of live performances and televised material. BrazenBunch are curating three, free live performances on Wednesdays, from some of London's most inspiring artists, showcasing a new and dynamic journey through and around jazz.
June 10, 5.30pm & 8pm. Discover this unique, captivating and talented young composer, song-writer, vocalist, cellist, pianist, and Courtney Pine’s Afropean vocalist. www.myspace.com/ayannawitterjohnson.
June 17, 5.20pm & 8pm. British-born of Scottish and South African parentage, Marcina has a beautiful and highly distinctive singing voice and is a distinctive songwriter/composer and accomplished percussionist, and also a pianist and guitarist. www.myspace.com/marcinaarnold.
June 24, 5.15pm & 8.20pm. He’s a pianist and composer who also leads a five piece music group named Sojourner, whose repertoire is based on original compositions influenced by diverse music styles from across the globe. He spent nine months in Ghana gaining firsthand experience of music from the Volta region, where his father is from, and learnt a great deal from observing the region’s musicians and dancers, which has greatly inspired his approach to music. Jonathan is developing his new material and songwriting with virtuoso. www.myspace.com/jonathangeyevu.
BBM Deck Knights Pre-Club Club Night
Friday July 10 2009, 7-10pm. £free by pre-booking
Club night with some guest PAs focused on British black music content. DJs to be announced later. For over-18s. A no-alcohol session - just get intoxicated on the good vibes night with the BBM Deck Knights featuring Kwaku BBM (eclectic) and guests KMT (hip-hop, R&B-plus) and Prezedent (reggae/lovers/bashment) playing purely British product. Space 2, Willesden Green Library Centre, London NW10 2SF.
An evening of edu-tainment shorts and Q&As - see The Story Of London & Black Music: short films referencing London and black music required for this programme. Includes excerpts from Brent Black Music History Project, Talking Heads: London & Black Music, Dennis Bovell: Talk & Music, The Carib Club Story. Send DVDs or video files to BBM, P O Box 14092, London NW10 1WL. Any queries: 020 8450 5987, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super British Pressure On Radio
Radio sessions (& podcasts) representing 100% British black music, covering a wide range of genres and vintage.
Sunday June 7 2009, 6-9pm
Colourful British Black Music With Lindsay Wesker
London-based DAB and internet broadcaster Colourful Radio will be supporting Black Music Congress' June is British Black Music (BBMM) initiative by dedicating the Sunday June 7 2009, 6-9pm slot to a musical journey through different British black music vintage and genres. In addition to playing the music, Colourful Radio presenter Lindsay Wesker will also be talking to artists and industry people who have contributed to our home-grown music scene. The show will also be the place to hear the latest BBMM information. You can listen to Colourful Radio through DAB and www.colourfulradio.com.
Friday June 12 2009, 9-11pm, Sunday June 14 2009, 7-9pm
Digging The Old School With Larry Vidal
Old school funk, R&B and soul DJ Larry Vidal will be supporting BBMM in two ways with his shows on Hayes, Middlesex-based community radio station Hayes 91.8FM. On Friday June 12 & 19 2009, 9-11pm (repeated Saturday June 13 & 20, 7-9pm), he will dedicate The Good Groove Guide with Larry Vidal show to digging his crates of British soul, jazz and funk tracks! His show is deep, and definitely one for the old school connoisseurs. It provides an enjoyable, and a learning experience! In addition to the likes of Incognito, Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies, expect some deep, album tracks and little known gems! On Sunday June 14 2009, 7-9pm, BBM's Kwaku will be a guest on Larry's Black Connection show, where if he can get to his old vinyl records, will bring in a few for Larry to play on his show! Additionally, throughout the month of June during the regular weekday live programming, Hayes FM will play one British song per hour with a little bit about the artist mentioned afterward. For more info: www.hayesfm.org.uk/index.php/larry-vidal.
Subaltern Soundz/Life & Living Presents Therapeutic Listening, Friday June 19, 10am-11.30am, 11.45am-1.15pm
10-11.30am: Drop in-session for those who may just want to come in and relax to some therapeutic sounds
11.45am-1.15pm: Part 2: Another instalment of mood excursions celebrating British nlack music history
Venue: Community Link Centre (formerly OTRC) at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
£Free, but prior booking required: email@example.com
Tasty British Black Music With Wayne McDonald, Sunday June 21, 9-11pm
Wayne supported BBMM last year when he was presenting the Funkbase show on Galaxy Radio. He will be doing the same this year, on his new show SUGAR: Tasty Music for Tasty People on Sunday June 21, 9-11pm on his new station NE1FM (www.ne1fm.com). Expect exclusives, CDRs, competitions, and some of the latest R&B-based tracks from Britain!
What's Come Out Of The British Black Music Community With Zak, Friday June 12, 3-4pm
If you want to hear a young and well-clued presenter that's not just about the music, but also interested in a wide range of community issues, check out The Community Show with Zak every Fridays 2-4pm on Southall, Middlesex-based community radio station Westside 89.6 FM. Zak will be dedicating the last hour to BBMM. Kwaku will be a guest, along with one lucky act that will get to perform live on his show! We'll keep you posted. Click for more Westside info.
Coming soon in our Competition channel will be pairs of tickets to visit the superb British Music Experience, and we've also got some of this year's fashion accessories - the Recycled Bags, to give away. The latter is made from recycled 12-inch vinyl records! One heck of a heavy tome entitled 'Keep On Running: The Story Of Island Records'.
(We would be happy to add items such as those highlighted below – this is not a comprehensive list, so if you’ve got some ideas, we’re all ears – to the official list of BBMM list of events. These events will be co-branded with the BBMM logo. So what can you do during BBMM – get in touch and let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: BBMM Proposal)
Are you planning a talk programme, be it a seminar, workshop, or debate, focused on British black music? Then we would like to point participants to you during BBMM
Do you run a radio station or present a radio show – if you can dedicate 85%-100% British black music content (music, music, or Music & talk)? Then we would like to point listeners to you during BBMM
Are you promoting live music or showcase event where the music content is 85%-100% British black music? Then we would like to point punters to you during BBMM
Are you promoting a club night where the music content is 85%-100%? Then we would like to point punters to you during BBMM