Fatboy Slim receives Honorary Fellowship and launches scholarship

12 February, 2024

We’re delighted to announce that BIMM Music Institute Brighton has recognised the immense contribution that international dance music icon Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) has made to the music industry with an Honorary Fellowship.

Norman was given the fellowship at our BIMM Brighton Graduation Ceremony in front of a crowd of delighted graduates at the historic Brighton Dome. Upon receiving the award, he offered these words of advice to our Class of 2023: “Don’t ever lose your love of music. Remember that innocent joy and the way that music connects us and go have tonnes of fun.”

In addition to the fellowship, we are proud to announce the launch of the Fatboy Slim Martlets Scholarship. This collaboration with the Brighton hospice charity Martlets will foster emerging talent in the music industry. The scholarship selection process, led by Norman, will be based on demonstrated skill, creative potential, and commitment to a career in the creative industries.

The scholarship offers a full 3-year tuition fee waiver for one worthy student starting their undergraduate degree at BIMM Music Institute Brighton in the 2024/25 academic year. This initiative targets candidates from low-income households or groups under-represented in the creative industries, thus aiming to dismantle barriers and cultivate a diverse and dynamic community of artists.

Norman Cook, who is a patron of Martlets Hospice, commented:

“I am humbled to receive this honour from BIMM. Until now, both our careers have run in parallel in the same city, both of us working in the music business, both of us contributing to the arts and also charitable causes in Brighton and the city’s unique talents, but now our relationship is cemented by this event and honour.

Two of the most vital parts of my life recently have been the world of arts and music in which I work and my role as ambassador for Martlets Hospice. Having a scholarship in our joint names allows one student who might not otherwise have access to pursue a career that a degree from BIMM will enable. This scholarship will allow them to learn from the best in the business, all in support of Brighton’s unique and wonderful hospice.”

Fatboy Slim shaking hands

Louise Jackson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at BIMM University, added:

“BIMM University Fellowships are awarded to those who have made an exceptional contribution to the creative industries or creative industries education. As Chair of our Honorary Awards Committee, it is a great privilege to use our university status to celebrate individuals’ work. We are truly excited to be awarding Norman Cook a fellowship in recognition of his substantial impact on music both as an artist and producer, as well as his philanthropic work, particularly in supporting the work of the Martlets Hospice in Brighton.”

Claire Kidd, Head of Fundraising for Martlets Hospice, added:

“Everyone at Martlets is delighted that Norman is being honoured by BIMM with a fellowship. He has been an Ambassador for Martlets for several years, supporting Martlets to keep caring for people in our community facing a terminal illness. To have the scholarship jointly named with Norman is an honour for Martlets and wonderfully represents his commitment and dedication to supporting people in our diverse and unique city. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting scholarship that BIMM has created and look forward to collaborating with other amazing local organisations.”

For more information on the Fatboy Slim Martlets Scholarship and how to apply, please click here: The Fatboy Slim Martlets Scholarship

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