Brass Band music on radio

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by amgray, Jan 24, 2004.


Would you be willing to pay £10 per year to subscribe to an Internet Radio Station that played Brass

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Possibly - I need more information.

  1. amgray

    amgray Member

    Given the recent complaints about the lack of Brass Band music on radio, I feel that there is probably a market for a 'pure' Brass Band station broadcast over the Internet.
    The question is.... are people willing to pay a small subsciption to receive it?

    If there is positive response I will post link to a web site for your suggestions and preferences.
  2. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Yes Yes Yes!!!!! More royalties for composers!!!!!! :wink:
  3. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    if I remember there is already a brass band station on the net, i have a link somewere. ill dig it out, unless somebody else beets me to it
  4. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    Found it, god im organised!
    try this, i think there is a thread on this somewere that im sure one of our illustrius mods could point us in the direction
    What more could a man want tMp, and brass radio 24/7!
  5. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Definitely. But only one which doesn't just play CDs. Studio recordings and live/recorded concert performances would be a must. Along with weekend features for Pontins, Europeans, Open and regular news and announcements etc. etc.

    Have I just priced myself out of the market?


  6. amgray

    amgray Member

    All things are possible :lol:
    As this would be a labour of love not a commercial venture, spending time updating playlists etc. isn't a chore.
    Personally I would like to include classic recordings from the 50s and 60s. There are some tremendous recordings in existence that never get air-play.
  7. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    I have thought about it, but as my Brass Band music collection is slightly limited at the moment due to being at university, coupled with final year exams made me forget about it!

    It's certainly a good idea. There are a few legal issues surrounding a pure internet radio station though regarding licenses. For a few more details I don't really see it as a massive issue as Brass Band music is only really produced by specialist recording companies like Doyen, WoB etc.

    I am not an expert in the field, but I do have a few contacts that might be able to help.
  8. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Where and how do I pay? :lol:
  9. amgray

    amgray Member

    The station would be set up via one of the reputable companies (i.e. that include ASCAP / BMI fees in their monthly charges - hence the subscriptions!!
    Everything would be done legally and because the fees are paid, the right people should receive the fruits of their work.

    There haven't been any negative issues raised here, if anyone from one of the recording / publishing companies has comments or concerns they would rather make privately, either PM me or email me.
  10. Nigel Hall

    Nigel Hall Supporting Member

    As well as ASCAP/BMI fees anyone running the station who is economically based in the UK would have to pay dues to PRS/MCPS as well and these can come to about £400 per quarter.

    I have been involved with an internet radio station for about 12 months (we are currently off air - or should that be off web!) and the costs of running a station are tremendous. We did an RSL (28 day Restricted Sevice Licence) last June, broadcasting to Banbury on 106.4FM and was well received - I even managed to get a 2hr brass programme onto the schedule but we only managed to do one show - all down to money! Although I have to say that the station manager was keen for a BB show at the end of the day no sponsorship=no show.
  11. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Well, anything that gets brass music more widely heard is good, I suppose, but it would be better if we could persuade the conventional radio stations to broadcast the music. An internet station, I fear, would be heard only by brass-loving net-heads. Preaching to the converted when preaching to the masses would be better.
  12. Farmer Giles

    Farmer Giles Member

    very true, but without brass being played at least somewhere there is little chance of joe public being able to get to hear what we all love so much.
  13. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    i'm a no, sorry, i just don't like paying for stuff!
  14. amgray

    amgray Member

    Unfortunately, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch :?

    To do things properly involves fees, performance rights and the originators of the music - writers and performers - getting reasonable and appropriate recompense.
    Welcome to the world of the Grown Ups. :roll:
  15. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    to be honest I don't think I would use it that often that I'd want to send money to someone I don't know, and I resent the implication that I'm too immature to understand all the costs of this little venture. I just can't see that a purely brass band station would have anything more than a hugely limited appeal, and if you hope to cover all your costs from subscription fees alone it's going to be pretty expensive for your members.
  16. amgray

    amgray Member

    yes but no but yes but no but yes but no but.........all lowercase of course :lol:

    I would be footing at least half of the total cost myself.
    Ta ra now :D
  17. Steve Marcus

    Steve Marcus Member

    Tried ...

    Good music, but disappointing audio quality. Even with a digital cable/DSL connection, the sound is lo-fi mono. And the Brass Band station doesn't appear to be among those that are offered in stereo as premiums for "VIP Preferred Members."

    What am I doing wrong?
  18. ben.gernon

    ben.gernon Member

    When I have listened to it, it has always been of poor quality and I have a broadband connection. I think there should be one devoted radio station (like classic FM for example) that plays brass band music 24/7-it would have to play a variety though! Not everyone has access to the internet and with a radio, you can listen to it any time-in the car, at work, in bed e.t.c.! Either that, or Mr Renton increases his air time and plays some decent music!
  19. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    I think it is more to do with it being the cheap subscription that this guy has which is on a stupidly slow bit-rate hence the bad quality, irrespective of whether you are on 1Mb Broadband or 28k dial-up!

    I've written in another thread the costs of the basic licenses for a national radio station are sky high and it will not be commerically viable unless you are certain to get the listeners.

    I think the only hope will be to try and persuade the BBC to give Frank Renton his extra half-hour back at to extend the coverage of Sounds of Brass to other local radio stations.
  20. jambo

    jambo Member

    With the advent of digital radio I think that there will be many more 'anorak' type radio stations appearing in the future. Like such things already, (Sky T.V) we are going to have to pay something for our listening pleasure.
    Perhaps a digi-radio with a subscription card in that you replace every month with a new card. The card coming in a magazine that has all the articles/reports/features and listings for the month and can carry the necessary advertising to cover much of the cost and bring subscription fees to a minimum.
    Any takers? :bounce

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