Have you graduated from BIMM? We’re still here to help and support you.
BIMM University is proud of its graduates. Your career and success is the reason we do what we do, and you constantly amaze us with what you achieve and show to be possible.
Our Creative Futures: Alumni & Enterprise service aims to support you in a variety of ways, from direct career guidance to digital resources, events, masterclasses, and more. Our services are tailored to reflect your specific career, goals and interests.
Above all, we seek to foster our alumni community, and provide opportunities for collaboration and creative endeavour. We deliver this by connecting you to a professional network of other graduates and industry professionals, via our online platform, BIMM Connect
Our team is dedicated to helping our new leavers and alumni with their music and career development. A huge part of this is providing 1-to-1 tutorial support for anyone who has finished their course.
Alongside the work we do with leavers and alumni, we are also dedicated to delivering an Enterprise programme, focused on entrepreneurs, self-employment, and business start-ups. This provision is available to both alumni and final-year students.
We also celebrate your success in any way that we can, either by publishing success stories on our website, or by inviting you to share your story with our students via guest appearances on campus, or on our alumni podcast, ‘What Did You Do Next?’. Interested? Email [email protected]
Anthony Giles – Alumni & Enterprise Manager
A BIMM alumnus himself, Anthony has worked in education and the creative arts for more than 20 years, as a performer, writer, manager, artist, designer, promoter, event and tour manager, booking agent, teacher, project manager, careers adviser, and marketing campaign manager.
His career includes touring and recording in bands such as Here There Be Monsters (UK) and Seek Nothing (DE); writing for Brighton Noise and Tuned magazine; design and illustration for artists such as Alestorm, Gloryhammer, and Earthtone9; and 2 years working as a booking agent assistant at Inspired Artists Agency.
Having worked for BIMM since 2008, Anthony now holds the role of Alumni & Enterprise Manager, working with students and alumni with their development and success. His main goal is to help others by sharing what he knows.
Anthony can be booked for tutorials via the button below:
Creative Futures: Enterprise – Available to current students, leavers and alumni
Entrepreneurship, self-employment, and business start-ups. This includes signposting to resources and professional advisors; access to funding applications; access to Santander Universities partnership programme and our own Greenhouse Enterprise Programme for under-represented groups and those who qualify for the Fair Access Fund (tbc).
- BIMM Connect – Available to current students, leavers, and alumni Understanding how to use the platform as a professional network and careers resource.
- Alumni Services – Available to current students, leavers, and alumni Information on what support is available to our leavers and alumni.
- CV, cover letter, application, and interview advice – Available to leavers and alumni only.
- Artist & Creative Development – Available to leavers and alumni only Bands, solo artists, and songwriters. All genres, but with specific expertise in rock and metal.
- Industry Practitioner Advice – Available to leavers and alumni only Finding work in the industry: booking agent, journalism, management, A&R, publishing etc.
- General career guidance – Available to leavers and alumni only.
Lee Avant – Alumni & Enterprise Assistant
Lee is a recording and mixing engineer with over 9 years of experience working with high-profile artists in the R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop world. Having broken through as an engineer with FKA twigs and XL Recordings, he opened his own studio to expand his business and focus on mixing.
As well as engineering, Lee is an active tour manager, producer, and artist manager. Currently working with legacy acts, touring bands, and exciting emerging talent around the UK.
Now looking to offer advice and assistance to BIMM Alumni, he would like to help people make their steps into the industry as efficient and successful as possible.
Lee can be booked for the tutorials via the button below:
- CV, cover letter, application, and interview advice – Available to leavers and alumni only
- Songwriting, Production, and Engineering – Available to leavers and alumni only. Help with exploring career options for these three fields of expertise.
- Record Labels, Artist, and Tour Management – Available to leavers and alumni only
- Industry Practitioner Advice – Available to leavers and alumni only. Finding work in the industry: Booking agent, journalism, management, A&R, publishing etc.
- General career guidance – Available to leavers and alumni only.
Do you have a question or need that is not covered here? You can also email Anthony and Lee at [email protected] In all cases, we can signpost to other resources or advisors if unable to help directly.
We offer 1-to-1 sessions, covering all aspects of career support. Check out our Meet the Team section above to see our specific fields of expertise. We are happy to help with any questions you may have, just email us at [email protected]
We can help review your CV and cover letter to best showcase your professional skills and experience to potential employers. We can also advise you on interview techniques and signpost you to a range of digital resources (see below).
BIMM Connect is our dedicated online community. The site features jobs, resources, events, contact with fellow alumni and staff/faculty for advice, plus an exclusive alumni group with extra content.
The platform is also the place to find collaboration opportunities such as paid submission briefs for sync music and marketing campaigns. It serves as your professional network across our creative sectors of music, film & TV, and theatre & performance.
On the first Monday of each month, we send out a newsletter to all members of the BIMM Connect alumni group, featuring highlighted jobs, events, graduate projects and businesses, pro-tips, and other features.
Hosted and available on BIMM Connect, our digital toolkits and resources include PDF and video guides, recorded masterclasses and useful links. These cover everything from careers advice to self-employment, entrepreneurship and starting a business, and beyond.
You can get face to face with employers and other industry professionals at our annual specialist employment conferences for students and alumni.
Creative Futures: Enterprise is aimed at supporting and developing those who wish to start their own business, or work as a self-employed person. The programme seeks to deliver the tools needed to succeed. This includes 1-to-1 and group advice with industry professionals, useful resources, events, access to partnership programmes, and more.
We are especially proud to be working with Santander Universities, allowing access via application to their excellent development programme with the global purpose to help people and business prosper.
Our own Greenhouse Enterprise Programme continues to provide training, coaching, and funding for entrepreneurial projects designed by students from underrepresented groups.
The programme is for all our final year BA students, MA students, and leavers for 18 months.
Use our online community platform BIMM Connect to access resources, register for events and masterclasses, and access all partnership programmes when advertised.
To book 1-to-1 advice, or request further information, please email [email protected] with the word ‘Enterprise’ in the subject.
Creative Futures: Talent is an exciting new programme of activities which presents talent from our community of students and alumni to employers in the creative industries. Activities include job placements with leading companies, industry workshops, assessment days, careers fairs, mock interviews, festival performances, songwriting camps, artist showcases, film screenings, A&R listening sessions, agent panel workshops, showreel feedback and more.
For more information and to get involved, just join the group on BIMM Connect or email [email protected]
We are committed to ensuring you can access wellness support. BIMM University advocate Togetherall, a safe online mental health community that empowers members to anonymously seek and provide support.
You are also welcome to email us confidentially at [email protected], and we will do our best to signpost other resources that may be available.
Get in touch – we love hearing from you!
At BIMM University, we are always proud of our alumni and what you achieve. With these exclusive services, we want to continue to help as much as we can. To find out more or to access any of the above, just email [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!