• Sara Vian

The Frome Music Industry Network

Upstairs at the Three Swans in King Street, Frome

I believe that community spirit is the Holy Grail, and that bringing people together with the right intention enables profound connection and great things to evolve.

As in independent musician, I know how difficult it is to find kindred spirits, gigs, create a website, do the promotion, organise tours, get everyone paid, find a good cd/vinyl pressing agent, artists for album covers etc etc etc, and so I had the vision of starting the Frome Music Industry Network (Fmin).

We were originally called the West Country Music Network but too many people thought we were about country music; and I'd discovered the Bristol Music Industry Network (Bmin) so decided to copy them as they're a lot more established and even have paid memberships! I also discovered the South Coast Music Network in Bournemouth and Birmingnham Music Network, but haven't attended the latter yet.

"The Crash Gears" rock the house at Will Gets' leaving party

And it's been a great success. So far we've been able to support William Gets' "Shuffle and Chomp" South African show, Magpie Patrick from Magpie's Folk Cafe is now organising a river festival in Frome's twin town, Chateau Gontier on 25th July 2020, Will Gets' leaving party absolutely rocked and many other collaborations have evolved. There is also usually a guest-speaker and Music Eye films our interviews.

I'm also hoping that we can build good relations with the Bennett Centre to create a more underground artsy music scene as it is a beautiful venue that used to have a great scene in the "Undercroft" before my time in Frome; and there have been some really successful pop-up events there recently.

The Fmin is on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7.30pm at the Three Swans in King Street, Frome usually with a guest speaker from 8pm and we welcomes all ages. Sign up for the newsletter.

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