Whether it was to connect with like-minded professionals or develop their burgeoning career – or both, our talented students chose BIMM Institute for a reason (or ten). Here are the top ten reasons our students came to BIMM which celebrate why you should choose to join us too at BIMM Institute.
1. WE’LL GET YOUR CAREER STARTED
We know how competitive the music industry can be to break into, so we offer committed career planning and support during your time as a student. Our dedicated career advisors, staff and lecturers will work with you to update your CV, secure you top industry placements, grow your fanbase if you’re a performer and help you find your perfect career path. Your employability is important to us and our figures speak for themselves when it comes to our graduate successes.
2. WE’RE IN CITIES WHERE MUSIC MATTERS MOST
BIMM Institute offers a global network that just can’t be matched by any other music education provider. There’s our two German colleges in Berlin and Hamburg, plus five UK-based colleges in London, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham, plus, If that wasn’t enough, we also have an Irish college in Dublin.
All our colleges have been specifically located in amazing cities where music matters most; each one has a rich musical history, unique genres and a hugely exciting music scene where you can unleash your passion.
3. EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL NETWORK
Did you know that you’ll be studying within an international student network? There are currently students from over 45 different nationalities studying at BIMM Institute Berlin alone.
Additionally, you’ll be able to join BIMM Connect: our exclusive student and graduate networking platform.This gives you the opportunity to engage with staff, students and graduates across the BIMM Institute group of colleges!
4. WORLD-CLASS ALUMNI
Over the years, we’ve helped some truly incredible graduates launch successful careers in music. Musicians such as James Bay, George Ezra, The Kooks, Izzy Bizu, our BIMM Berlin graduate, Yetundey, and MIN t (who recently produced a track with Leo Abrahams). We’re also incredibly proud of up-and-coming next-big-thingers like The Flavians, Pale Waves and Fickle Friends.
But BIMM’s not just about creating successful artists. Our alumni have achieved great things in all areas of music – like Natasha Bent, booking agent at Coda Music Agency, and Sara Meneghini at BMG Publishing.
5. QAA COMMENDED ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
BIMM Institute was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in the UK by an Order from the Privy Council on 14th March 2019, having demonstrated that it meets the criteria to become a ‘recognised body’ for awarding degrees in the UK.
As such, BIMM Institute has overall responsibility for the academic standards and the quality of the qualifications we offer, and we are able to award our own undergraduate and Masters degrees. Our BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship and BA (Hons) Songwriting undergraduate degree courses in Berlin and Hamburg will continue to be validated by the esteemed University of Sussex – one of the Times Higher Education’s top 150 universities in the World University Rankings 2018.
6. MASTERCLASSES WITH GLOBAL SUPERSTARS
To be the best it helps to learn from the best, so we host Masterclasses with some of the world’s finest musicians and music industry experts.
Industry legends including Brian May, Chuck D, Imogen Heap, Royal Blood, Nile Rodgers and Josh Hommehave graced our BIMM stages, and interacted with our students for Q&As, jam sessions, technical workshops… and even graduation ceremonies. You’ll learn so much about the highs and lows of the music industry from those who’ve lived it.
In our German colleges, we were honoured to welcome Masterclass guests such as BIMM Institute Berlin patrons Modeselektor, Peaches, Gordon Raphael, The Kooks, Thurston Moore, Juan Atkins, We Are Scientists, Dillon, Planningtorock, Fink and many more.
7. EXPERT LECTURERS
Our BIMM lecturers are not only experts in education, but they’re experienced performers, songwriters and music business professionals who remain an active part of the industry.
You’ll learn from people like BIMM Hamburg Songwriting and Performance lecturer, Rick McPhail, from the band Tocotronic. Or, how about learning from Siouxsie and the Banshee’s drummer and BIMM Berlin’s Head of Live Performance, Budgie Clarke. Other lecturers happen to work in industry-leading records labels, booking or sync agencies and so ensure industry relevance and connectivity during your studies.
When it comes to preparing you for a successful and sustainable career in the music industry, our lecturers really know their stuff.
8. FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES
From top city locations to the most high-tech industry gear around, BIMM’s facilities are second to none. Whether it’s industry-standard kit from brands such as Ableton, Logic Pro, Marshall, Orange and Yamaha, or top-of-the-range Mac labs, recording studios and rehearsal spaces, you’ll learn how to use our top-quality equipment like a professional.
You can also hire out our gear and facilities for your own projects – so both your coursework and your future career benefit. On top of all that, due to various collaborations with local industry partners, you’ll also have exclusive access to professional recording studios and live venues as part of your study experience.
BIMM Institute Berlin’s outstanding new facilities are based in the House of Music, in the heart of the creative hub between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Furthermore, at BIMM Institute Hamburg, we are proud to have been approved as Ableton Certified Training Center
9. INDUSTRY WORK EXPERIENCE
BIMM students have direct access to the best music industry work experience out there. Whether you’re working in a commercial functions band, undertaking an internship with one of the world’s biggest record labels, such as PIAS Records , Warner music or performing at a music festival like Glastonbury, Reeperbahn Festival or The Great Escape, you’ll gain incomparable once-in-a-lifetime music industry experience. Not only is this great for learning new skills, but you’ll be forging connections that may lead to an amazing career.
We’re connected with the music industry more than any other college. We ensure this by being members of the most relevant local music industry associations (such as Berlin Music Commission or IHMInteressengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft) and local music networks or communities (i.e.RockCity Hamburg e.V.). This is because we know that connections and networks are among the most important success factors in the creative industries. And it’s important to us that you can benefit from them.
10. LIVE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
From industry showcases and songwriting nights to acoustic events, there’s always time to get onstage at BIMM.
Our Basement Bash Berlin is a great chance to show off your original material to a live audience, whileLamplight Sessions Berlin events offer singer-songwriters the possibility to showcase their tunes in an intimate environment. Our Hamburg students currently take the opportunity to perform at Bricks Beat Hamburg.
Each BIMM college hosts regular End-of-Term Gigs at the city’s best live venues, giving you the chance to shine in front of family, friends and industry professionals.
If you’re interested in studying at BIMM Institute, why not book to attend one of our Open Days, or contact our Admissions Team on +49 30 311 99 186 or by email at [email protected] or[email protected].