This is not something we do normally but feel a statement is needed regarding the current state and the future of the TBFM Network. We have recently had personnel changes with staff leaving TBFM. As stated by them personally, they wish TBFM the very best with the future and ask that people to continue to support the TBFM Network. We have always said “no one person is bigger than TBFM itself”.
Unfortunately, the internet and the keyboard warriors on it are quite fickle. Some have resorted to silly jibe tactics using music videos with titles that are aimed at TBFM. This is very silly. TBFM Network is bigger and stronger than it has ever been before.
With the radio station receiving over 100 bands music submissions every single week, the website boasting over 3 million website hits a month continuously for over 2 years, and some of the best radio shows around its buzzing. Add to that TBFM Management with one of the bands on the roster opening Download Festival and playing HRH AOR, albums selling extremely well and tours in place for 2017 it couldn’t be better.
The TBFM ‘printed’ Magazine has been going strong for 4 years and still free, still distributed to over 100 UK live music venues and still in high demand.
The TBFM Official charts is 2 years old and going very strong and being recognised by bands all over the world. We then look at the live events which are coming along nicely. After 4 years of TBFM Factor we have the very first TBFM Factor live show in September. The TBFM Music Industry Awards will be getting announced soon with a brand new top class venue and then there is Breaking Bands Festival… what can we say? Now recognised as possibly THE opening event of the Summer calendar, the festival has sold out in both its first 2 years well in advance with no issue at all. Financially safe and viable for all. It may not be the biggest event in the UK but the festival gives its time and respect to the Breaking Bands without looking for the obvious ticket seller bands.
So, for people to think TBFM Network is finished, that doom is striking or what ever other silly messages that are being thrown about please note that TBFM Network is stronger now than it has ever been before. WHY? Because of the network. Because the bands want to send us their music to play on the radio. Because the festivals want us to promote them. Because we are not commercial but here for the independent and unsigned rock, punk and metal. Because we are a network of people who care about this industry no matter what we are faced with.
As posted by a member of the TBFM team today on Facebook “a little game of posting music videos with titles such as “Falling To Pieces” and “Crashing Around You”. For those who do not know, these relate to the perceived impending demise of TBFM. Now this makes me sad on many levels. Firstly, the volunteers running TBFM give their time, money and sanity to promote fledgling bands, festivals etc to keep the momentum going on the underground rock & metal scene. Why would ANYBODY, especially those actually IN (or managing) aforementioned bands or festivals, celebrate the demise of such a dedicated core group? Secondly, yes, a decision had to be made recently about the future of TBFM due to my mental well-being. I am really struggling to understand why anybody finds this a reason to mock.“
So, please be assured… TBFM Network is here to stay. We are one of the best forms of media for unsigned and independent music the UK has to offer and we are going to be here for a long time. With more than 120 staff giving their time for free, we owe it to them to rise above and keep going. And we do so quite proudly.
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