Working with the Creative Industries

We’re about more than just finding you a placement for your CV. We work directly with the creative industries to give you real-world experiences that propel you into your chosen field.

Our dedicated Careers and Industry Team constantly collaborate with the best in the industry. They’ve got the right contacts at their fingertips to create those perfect opportunities that expand your knowledge, skills and experiences. And, these experiences can be in-person or online – as our Careers Teams have proved by adapting to the ‘New Normal’.

In the past, we’ve partnered with incredible names like Sony, EMI and Sentric; sourced exclusive paid roles; and worked with industry experts to provide our students with prestigious networking and creative events. By engaging with the industry, we’re giving you the chance to potentially meet your future employer.


"The BIMM EMI library album was a great experience and an invaluable industry contact, which has allowed me to continue to feature on several albums and to land multiple sync placements."
Lewis Amoroso – Music Production graduate, BIMM Institute Brighton

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We do what we do so that you can start your dream career before you’ve even graduated. Take a look at some of the ways we’ve engaged with the creative industries – and connected our students straight to the source.

During our Summer Series 2020, we partnered with Sentric Music to create an exclusive opportunity that gave all BIMM students the chance to write/produce music for an active sync brief with $20k. As part of this programme, there was a Masterclass on how sync works and industry insight on how to improve your chance of landing that big sync.

Not only did this enable students to learn what goes on behind the scenes in what can often be a confusing and daunting part of the industry, but they were also able to acquire knowledge on how to get ahead when writing for motion picture.


"It was really heartening to be approached by BIMM to speak with their students on the subject of synchronisation and licensing. The session was very well organised and I would like to pay tribute to Kris Tomkinson and the team who coordinated the Masterclass with amiable and erudite professionalism. As part of my contribution, I set the students a brief from a commercial client and I was honestly blown away by the standard of submissions we received. Clearly, there's an abundance of talented students and faculty across the eight institutions and I look forward to enhancing relations between Sentric and BIMM in the years ahead. Notwithstanding, sharing one's accumulated wisdom to aid the professional development of undergraduates is vital to maintaining the success of an industry that contributes in excess of 5 billion to the UK economy annually."
Phil Morris, Sync Executive – Sentric Music Group


“Working with Sentric provides so many top-level opportunities for our students. They are always extremely supportive and open to ideas, which for an organisation of their scale, is a credit to how they operate. On this occasion, I approached the brilliant Phil Morris, asking if they’re able to give our artists and producers a sync brief to work to, with a chance of it being pitched to their client. Not only did they do it, but they also delivered two incredible Masterclasses to help our students prepare. We are lucky to be working with them and long may it continue!”
Kris Tomkinson – Events, Guests and Careers, BIMM Institute Birmingham

We’re proud to be lead educational partners with The Great Escape (TGE), the three-day festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city, including a pop-up site on Brighton’s infamous beach.

Students from across all eight BIMM Institute colleges get to perform at the Official BIMM showcase and Alternative Escape shows and network with the industry at the TGE conference. Each year, the conference is packed full of insightful panels, topical debates and keynote speeches from leading figures from the music business.

The festival is powered by student and alumni volunteers from BIMM. Each year, they gain valuable behind-the-scenes experience in areas such as Venue Management, Front of House, Box Office, and Artist Liaison, while building great contacts across the industry.


“Every year at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, a large group of BIMM students come on board to volunteer to shadow our teams, learn new skills, and gain first-hand experience of life in the music industry and festivals. As experienced music and events professionals, our aim is to share our knowledge and expertise to help train the next generation of artists, sound engineers, artist and event managers, music journalists, marketers, influencers, etc. BIMM students have always been a great support: they are enthusiastic, eager to get involved and develop their industry network. Thanks to their hard work, we not only have a fantastic time together at TGE but it is also very satisfying to see them make their way up and build their careers”.
Rebecca Halifax. The Great Escape Festival

TGE Education Conference

In addition to the core Great Escape Conference, BIMM also partners with The Education Conference. This event runs the day before the start date of The Great Escape festival and brings together music employers and music educators to evaluate the current scope of music education in the UK.

In the past, we’ve joined forces with partners such as CMU Insights and Urban Development. The full-day event features speakers from music organisations such as Live Nation, Youth Music, The Roundhouse, Rhythmix, Musicians’ Union, BIY People and Talent, CAA, Berklee College of Music, Arts Council England, Featured Artists Coalition and Incorporated Society of Musicians. There are often musicians, artists and songwriters present. Our past events have seen the likes of Steve Hiller, Georgia Train, ShaoDow, Svetlana Eliason and Roxanne De Bastion.

Last February, Sony and BIMM Institute London came together for the first-ever Sony x BIMM London Songwriting Camp. It was an open application for this opportunity and Sony whittled down the hundreds of applicants to pick twenty-one student artists, songwriters and producers to take part. Students had to write to brief for artists that were signed to Sony for upcoming projects.

The weekend kicked off with a briefing from two of Sony’s A&R before an intensive two-day writing camp where students worked in small groups to nail the briefs. Most of the groups finished a total of two tracks each over the weekend. The final morning was spent in a group listening and a feedback session.

The students got to work to real-life briefs, find out what a songwriting camp was like and how one would typically run. They were advised by Sony A&R who dropped into the sessions over the weekend (and also fed back on the final day) to keep the students on track with their writing and the deadlines.


"We recently ran our first-ever songwriting workshop at BIMM and it completely surpassed our expectations. We were taken aback by the students’ talents and the dedication of the staff. It was a definite success."
Sony’s A&R

In 2019, Music Production and Songwriting students from BIMM Institute Brighton collaborated with EMI/KPM music library to create an album of library/sync music.

Over 50 students’ work was submitted to EMI and feedback was given on the writing and recording quality. EMI/KPM are world leaders in providing library music for all forms of visual media – from TV adverts and incidental music to Netflix theme tunes and everywhere in-between

14 Music Production and Songwriting students’ work was selected for the final album. Each successful applicant was given guidance and production assistance from EMI and the  BIMM team to get their tracks up to the required standard for the catalogue. This involved creating instrumental 30 and 60-second versions of their songs. Students received the same contract terms as all writer/producers with EMI commission and their work is now earning them money via the BIMM Variations Album, released in December 2019.

Several of the participants from the first project are now receiving regular commissions from producers at EMI and are well on their way to becoming library sync writer/producers. The second album project featuring 18 BIMM Brighton writer/producers is currently approaching completion and is due for release late 2020/early 2021.


"This project was an excellent introduction to working in sync. I hope to expand my work in sync music in the future, and I am grateful for this opportunity to get my foot in the door."
Drew Smith – 3rd year Music Production student, BIMM Institute Brighton


"The BIMM X EMI library project is a fantastic opportunity for Music Production and Songwriting students to start a career in library and sync music. The collaboration offers real-world experience to students but with direct support from the BIMM team. This has resulted in students and graduates getting regular work with an industry leader in a highly competitive field."
Andy Maclure - Head of Careers and Artist Development

When the people behind the film ‘Valentine’s Day’ advertised for Music Supervisors, we knew we could provide the best people. So, we helped submit our graduates’ CVs. With that, several of our BIMM alumni have now been asked to work as official Music Supervisors on the movie.

The film is due for release on Feb 14th, 2021 and will feature the following names as Music Supervisors on the end credits:

  • Jay Rodger – Bristol
  • Jack Smith – Manchester
  • Robert Palumbo – Bristol
  • Gunnar Lines – Berlin
  • Esther Fernandes – Berlin
  • Martin Mexme – Bristol

 

 


"They are all very talented and I’m sure they will deliver some good work for us. Thanks so much for your help. Without you, this would have been a much more difficult search."
Mark Forstater – Film Producer, Writer, and Audio Producer

Our Careers Team spotted a gap in Manchester’s live music scene for a night that promoted talent of colour and music of black origin. So, after discussions with third-year Music Business student Kym Thomas, we created a regular night called ‘Friday Night Chill (at The Living Room)’.

Our students helped on every aspect of the events, even down to the poster artwork. We involved production students working on the live sound, filmed the events, and asked events and business students to experience being on the door, as well as ushering and promotion.

The series of events were a huge success, regularly selling. They hosted a fantastic array of talented BIMM Manchester acts, including Kike (who had success on The Voice) and Mahalia. Production students benefited from using a new venue (Leaf) and got experience of not only working the live mixing but also capturing good quality audio for use on promotional videos, also filmed by our students. All in all, it was a really fabulous team effort!


“The Living Room Club events started off as this really specific vision that I had for what concerts could be like if we could be really comfortable and still have the full live music experience. I feel that BIMM encouraged me to not only pursue this project but also supported me in ways that allowed my events to reach their true level of success. With help from BIMM’s Creative Industries Team, I had multiple sold-out events, appearances from artists and music industry professionals from around the UK, and a consistent, growing audience. I was able to accomplish goals way bigger than my initial vision.”
Kym Thomas – Music Business student and Founder of Friday Night Chill (at The Living Room)


“Kym had a really wonderful vision for this project and it was a delight to help it come to fruition. The nights were packed, the music was incredible, and people couldn’t wait for the next one. Kym is a real music biz talent. Midway through this project, she also landed a role working for CAA as Group Assistant in Touring, after an eight-week internship assisting agents for artists such as Jason Derulo and Sam Fender!”
Damian Morgan – Head of Careers and Industry Liaison

When Berlin’s street music festival East Side Music Days was not able to take place as usual in June 2020, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) created an alternative solution to showcase talented newcomers online: The East Side Music Sessions.

Every Tuesday for five weeks, a set from one of BIMM’s up-and-coming bands and artists was released online. The performances were recorded live and shot in Berlin’s Verti Music Hall, known as the ‘little sister’ of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The host of these sessions was BIMM Berlin alumni Yetundey.

Sky Deep, our Live Sound and Performance lecturer, says: “It’s great that in AEG we have a partner who wants to promote young talent as much as we do. We are thrilled by the skill and professionalism of each and every act and hope that the audience will like it as much as we do.”

WRKiT is the industry-leading careers event for young people wanting to work in the creative industries, putting students face-to-face with all the top music recruiters

This unique offering presents a careers conversation with hiring managers across the industry and offers insider tips on finding the right company and job to suit your values and passion for music. The event will cover creating the perfect CV and great first impressions in an interview. It offers a totally unique opportunity for our students to meet the recruiters and industry specialists and get any questions answered.

WRKiT includes panel conversations, speed interviews and a unique networking space, providing an opportunity for students to meet the experts – and become part of the conversation.

Past events have seen music professional attendees and guest panellists from the likes of Universal Music, YouTube Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Kobalt, PRS for Music and specialist recruiters, BIY People & Talent and Handle Recruitment.

 


"WRKiT North was really interesting just for learning about all the different routes people can take to working in the music industry. I thought there was a nice balance between festival organisation workers and studio-based technician work."
Connah Chapman – Professional Musicianship

In 2020, BIMM Manchester hosted a well-attended WRKiT North event to enable our industry contacts and partners to meet future talent and offer potential jobs and work experience opportunities.

Guests included DHP/Dot to Dot, Sony Music, Glasswerk, UK Music and Reform Radio. Later in 2020, our Careers Teams quickly adapted and transformed our national event into WRKiT 2.0: a day of online resources, panels and insights focusing on three key themes: Proactivity, Positivity and Purpose.

WRKiT 2021 and beyond will build on these positive messages and invite industry to promote opportunities for students; paid graduate internships, real-world projects, assessments centres and entry-level jobs.

All opportunities will be supported by the team behind Talent Match: BIMM’s recruitment service that finds the right jobs for brilliant people across the music and creative industries. We take care of everything for you from checking your CV to interview advice and giving feedback from employers. It’s a totally free service and continues for an entire year after leaving BIMM.


"Our talks featured independent record labels Beggars Group and Young Turks, music industry marketing agency Blackstar London, and experienced freelance talent. In total, the three webinar sessions around the three themes saw over 150 students and alumni attending, proving that connection and networking can still take place in the face of uncertainty.”
Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison and Careers

Eight industry experts guide eight teams to deliver eight projects in eight weeks.

Serious about making it in music? You need to know about BIMM Amplify.

BIMM Amplify is a yearly initiative started by BIMM London to encourage BIMM students from different courses and disciplines to network and collaborate with each other.

It’s where managers meet artists, artists meet journalists, journalists meet producers. Think of it as the middle-ground between your education and your profession that can propel your future career.

“We have the whole industry under one roof”, says Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison and Careers. “So, our goal is to encourage students to take advantage of that and put together teams that can make their ideas a reality.”

Find out more about BIMM Amplify


“I met DIY artist Kaia Vieira at the Amplify event in November where we connected straight away. Amplify is such a fun and real-life experience that helps us both with our development, as well as giving me the opportunity to use the project for the Artist Development & Management assessment."
Stephanie Asko Ziegler – Music Business

We always pride ourselves on our industry connections – and having the power to get the best in the business in front of our students for our exclusive Masterclasses. None other than the legendary Dan Market, A&R Manager at RCA Records, joined us for an exclusive Masterclass on record label A&R.

Kris Tomkinson, Events, Guests and Careers at BIMM Institute Birmingham is proud to be extending his professional connection with Dan:

“Dan always had a lot of time for me when I was starting out in the industry, so I’m delighted to be furthering that relationship within BIMM. His generosity not only continues in sharing his knowledge and passion with our students but also encouraging new projects and ways of working together.”


‘‘I’m always happy to be working with the BIMM team and look forward to many exciting projects in the months and years to come. I love being able to meet the new wave of talent and the future of the music industry!”
Dan Market – A&R Manager, RCA Records

Any questions?

For any questions about how we prepare our students for a career in music, or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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