3103, 2015

Is the Tide about to Turn for Music Streaming?

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

By Matt Grimes, Senior Lecturer Music Industries and Radio

So it seems that he gloves are off in the next round in the fight for streaming services and coming out of the corner with a ringside music celebrity support team is heavyweight music mogul Jay Z. Already a successful business mogul and rapper it seems that […]

2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]

1103, 2015

The Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Copyright Infringement

By |March 11th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr. Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

On Tuesday, the District Court of Southern California ruled that the Robin Thicke song Blurred Lines was in fact an infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The case raises some important issues about the distinction between inspiration from previous artists and infringement […]

412, 2014

An architect’s view of the new Birmingham Conservatoire

By |December 4th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Tom Jarman is a Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the plans for the new Birmingaham Conservatoire. He recently completed a flagship £23 million arts facility comprising a studio workshop and gallery building for Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here he discusses the considerations that have shaped the new Conservatoire design.

In […]

2310, 2014

Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival

By |October 23rd, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Annabel Knight, Recorder Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, discusses a surge of interest in the recorder and an upcoming festival.
Once upon a time, as a fresh college graduate, when people asked me what I did for a living, I was likely to tell a white lie. ‘I play the flute!’ I would say, with a smile […]

2703, 2014

From music to marketing (and beyond)

By |March 27th, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Robert Jones – musician, teacher, avid reader, writer, runner, humanist and ‘Ambitious Futures Graduate Trainee’.

I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011 completing my MMus with distinction, with the aim of becoming a professional musician. My time at the Conservatoire had prepared me well for this, and when I finished studying I was already working as […]

801, 2014

‘Relax’ – it’s only music censorship

By |January 8th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

In relation to this month being the 30th anniversary of the BBC banning radio play of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’, Matt Grimes, Degree Leader for Music Industries at Birmingham City University, comments on the surrounding controversy of the ban and more recent music censorship cases.

As a parent of 3 children I know only too […]

111, 2013

Now! Is THAT What I Call Music?

By |November 1st, 2013|In The News|2 Comments

After launching 30 years ago in November 1983, Matt Grimes, Degree Leader for Music Industries at Birmingham City University, discusses whether the long-running NOW That’s What I Call Music! CD compilations fit into a music industry dominated by streaming music, downloads and digital platforms.

I have never been an avid listener of top 40 chart music, […]

1009, 2013

The true impact of Black popular cultures on young Black women’s sense of self

By |September 10th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Dionne Taylor – Lecturer in Criminology, PhD researcher  

“They speak about us as ‘bitches’ and refer to us as ‘whores’ – but we are always there, when they need you” – this unwitting quote is taken from  some of the young women in the study I Wanna Love –  an exploration into the role Hip […]

2702, 2013

Sounds to send you to sleep

By |February 27th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

National Bed Month is The Sleep Council’s longest standing awareness campaign, which started in 1990 and runs throughout the whole of March.

As part of National Bed Month, Dr Michael Wolters (Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University), shares his thoughts on sounds that may help to ensure that you have […]