BIMM Dublin launches scholarship with Dermot Kennedy

26 May, 2021

Here at BIMM Institute Dublin, we’re extremely proud to announce the launch of The Dermot Kennedy Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship for the academic year 2021/2022.

The Scholarship will offer one lucky student a coveted place on our practical and vocational, part-time Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship course that’s perfect for musicians at any age looking to further their abilities. It’s part of our continued commitment to support new Irish artists.

Dermot Kennedy X BIMM Institute Dublin

It’s no secret that Dermot Kennedy is one of Ireland’s most successful singer-songwriters. His debut album, Without Fear, was released in 2019 and has become the longest-running Number One album in the Irish Charts by an Irish artist since records began. It is currently certified seven times platinum and has picked up over two billion global streams across digital platforms.


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However, like many musicians in the business, Dermot has faced challenges throughout the pandemic. Many of his highly anticipated live dates have had to be cancelled and rescheduled. So, to show his support as the industry reopens, Dermot has partnered with BIMM Institute Dublin to offer this new scholarship that gives a helping hand and a fantastic starting platform for burgeoning musicians preparing to launch their music career. As the scholarship winner, one student will have their course fees paid in full.

“I’m particularly excited about choosing the recipient and hopefully helping them on their own musical journey.”

– Dermot Kennedy

Commenting on the announcement, Dermot says: “I’m so, so excited to have this scholarship awarded in my name, in the same town where I fell in love with music, played my first show, and found my way through a life in music.” Dermot will choose the scholarship winner himself and added: “I’m particularly excited about choosing the recipient and hopefully helping them on their own musical journey and in creating their own story, so thank you once again.”

Alan Cullivan, BIMM Institute Dublin’s College Principal, is also tremendously excited about the scholarship. He says: “It’s fantastic to see an artist like Dermot, who not only speaks up for other artists and musicians but is also doing something in a practical sense to help. We are delighted to collaborate with him as part of the college’s commitment to helping Ireland’s future artists achieve their ambitions.”

Why Choose Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship?

Our one-year practical Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship is the perfect choice if you’re looking to receive expert guidance from highly skilled BIMM tutors in your chosen field of Songwriting, Bass, Drums, Vocals, or Guitar. All our tutors have a vast knowledge of the music industry and continue to be a part of it today. The course also provides upcoming musicians with performance opportunities, exclusive Masterclasses, and individual tutorials.

Many of our BIMM Dublin graduates have achieved their dream careers in music. These include Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, Erica Cody, Jafaris, and Craig Fitzgerald (The Academic). Many graduates have become entrepreneurs, setting up businesses in the creative arts, while others are successful session musicians, concert promoters, record labels, and music publishers. Some graduates have built upon their studies at BIMM, pursuing postgraduate study in areas such as Music Therapy, Composition, and Popular Music Research at Masters level.

The Government aims to substantially increase the level of face-to-face in-college teaching in the new academic year, beginning September 2021. This is also BIMM Institute Dublin’s aim, with plans in place for increased face-to-face delivery already prepared.

How to Apply for The Dermot Kennedy Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship

Prospective students can apply for the scholarship by completing an application, which includes a personal statement. All applicants must also be recommended at the interview stage and meet minimum entry requirements for the course.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of suitable applicants, with Dermot deciding who the scholarship student will be. We will announce the winner in early September.

Applications for the Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship are made directly to BIMM Institute Dublin by contacting [email protected] for further information. The deadline to apply is 31st July 2021.

Want to come and join us at BIMM Institute Dublin? Enquire now and start your life in music, or contact our friendly team at [email protected].


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