Music Industry Engagement at BIMM

25 June, 2018

At BIMM, we don’t just aim to get your music performance chops and music business knowledge up to a professional standard. We go the extra mile to find you valuable work experience and industry placements at some of the music industry’s most reputable record labels, companies and businesses.

If you’re aiming to study at BIMM as a performer, then chances are you have your sights set firmly on a career on stage and in the studio – And of course, we’ll do our utmost to ensure you have all the tools you need to make this happen.

Imagine though, how beneficial it could be to witness the inner workings of a record label, music publisher, press office or even a music festival first hand. A Work-Based Learning placement of this type could be just what you need to expand your skillset and gain insider knowledge of what these sectors require from artists – you may even find yourself presented with a face-to-face introduction to a key industry figure with the power and influence to take your performance career to the next level. After all, performers today have to take care of business too.

Likewise, our internships programme often presents our Music Business, Event Management or Music Journalism undergraduates with that all-important ‘foot in the door’ opportunity at their dream workplace – with many placements resulting in permanent positions for the right candidates. Check out what Leo Nicholas – Head Of Careers & Industry at BIMM London – has to say on the scheme.

With such an extensive list of connections to some of the most exciting music industry companies around, it’s no-wonder our internship program has spawned so many success stories. Here’s just a handful of examples from some of our most recent graduates.

Sara Meneghini – BMG

BIMM Brighton Professional Musicianship graduate Sara Meneghini secured herself a full-time role at BMG Publishing before she’d even graduated. The Vocals student started out doing an internship at BMG during her third year of study and is now a Junior Product Manager.

She describes her experience – “I started in July 2017…and worked on projects for Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue and Ken Hensley just to name a few. It’s been a very intense and exciting journey so far.”

Read Sara’s story.

Jamie Skinner – LD Communications

Music Business Degree graduate/student Jamie Skinner completed an internship at LD Communications, one of UK’s leading entertainment PR firms and was asked to stay on in a full-time position.

“Working at LD has been pivotal in shaping me into the person I am today within the industry.” Said Jamie.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredible people across a wide range of PR accounts and am excited to see what the future will bring.”

Read Jamie’s story.

Jade Foster – Dawbell PR

During her three years studying a BA Hons in Professional Musicianship at BIMM Brighton, Jade took on as much work experience as she could, including placements at JuiceFM, Communion Music and First Column Management. She has since found work as a Junior Executive at Dawbell, one of the most respectable PR companies in the business, whose clients include the likes of Paul McCartney, Take That, Rihanna, Iggy Pop, Pharrell Williams and Beck.

She reflects positively on her time at BIMM by saying; “I’ll always be grateful to the BIMM lecturers who helped and inspired me to get into the music industry!”

Read Jade’s story.

Emmanuel Mathews – Universal Music

Having studied a Music Business degree at BIMM London, Emmanuel’s first steps into the industry were with an internship at Capitol records, where he worked on Eliza and the Bear’s album campaign and supported the James Bay tour.  Now, he works at Universal Music, offering training and support for all of the company’s sub-labels across forty territories – including Island, Polydor, Virgin EMI and Decca. He also runs his own management company/label UNRULY.

“Life at BIMM was fundamental in supporting my growth and initial network in the music industry.” Said, Emmanuel. “My degree taught me patience, the importance of networking and key business knowledge that has helped me get to where I am today.”

Read Emmanuel’s story.

Nikkie Camilleri – Believe UK

Nikki graduated in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Music Business from BIMM London. Now, she works for Believe UK, an online music distribution company with over thirty global offices.

“I juggled quite a few internships whilst in my three years at BIMM…including DMS Publishing, Modest! Management and Warner Music Group – not to mention festival and event work at Glastonbury 2017, The Great Escape and several AIM events. These saw me meet some bucket-list-worthy artists and industry professionals.”

She continues “…it’s safe to say I tested out a lot of different areas when interning and fell into a great, creative role with a lot of freedom. No two days are the same! I love how connected to the artists my role is and I’ve only just started!”

Read Nikki’s story.


If you’re inspired by these stories and wish to start your journey to a dream career in the music industry, why not attend an Open Day, download a prospectus, or call the BIMM Admissions Team today on 01273 626 666 or [email protected]

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