IDLES Future Talent Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that BIMM University has partnered with IDLES for a brand-new scholarship.

IDLES is comprised of five members: Adam Devonshire (bass), Joe Talbot (vocals), Mark Bowen (guitar), Lee Kiernan (guitar), and Jon Beavis (drums). The band was formed in 2009 in Bristol, where Jon was a student at BIMM Music Institute, and Lee a lecturer. After spending eight years honing their live performances, IDLES released their debut album, Brutalism, in 2017. This year, they achieved their second UK#1 album with the release of their fifth album, TANGK.

Applicable to students starting their course in September 2024, the IDLES Future Talent Scholarship will provide full three-year tuition fees for a candidate who is from a low-income household and/or a group that is under-represented in higher education. The scholarship is designed to assist individuals who demonstrate talent in their chosen discipline, strong creative potential, and a desire to pursue a career in the creative industries.

The scholarship will support eligible undergraduate students across all our music courses at BIMM Music Institute Bristol.

We understand that studying at university can be financially challenging, so in order to help you achieve your goals, we offer a number of scholarships and bursaries.

Who can apply

You can apply for the IDLES Future Talent Scholarship if you meet all the following criteria: 

  • You are applying for an undergraduate degree at BIMM Music Institute Bristol that starts in September 2024
  • You are a UK national with a home fee status
  • You are from a low household income* and/or an under-represented group in higher education. This includes:
    • Students from a global majority background
    • Students who have experience in care or are estranged
    • Mature students
    • Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or are from a gender-diverse background
    • Disabled students

*Student Finance England (SFE) offers a full maintenance grant to students with a household income of £25,000 or less.

How to apply

First, you must apply for an undergraduate degree course at BIMM Music Institute Bristol starting in September 2024. Once you have applied, you will be sent a scholarship application form.

IDLES Future Talent Scholarship applications close on 28th June 2024. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who go onto accept an offer from BIMM Music Institute Bristol and complete the enrolment process.


Help with your application

We want to ensure that your scholarship application truly shows off your abilities. We’ve put together the helpful guide below to help you achieve this.


What happens next

A panel will assess your application, and we will contact you as soon as possible regarding the outcome.

As this is a competitive process and there are a limited number of scholarships available, we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the usual processes to secure student funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be able to amend/cancel their request for financial support from Student Finance England once their scholarship has been awarded.

Applying to the IDLES Future Talent Scholarship will not exclude you from accessing university hardship funds or the Fair Access Fund. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

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