We asked our talented students why they made the decision to study with us instead of other music education institutions. Whether it was to connect with like-minded professionals or develop their burgeoning career, here’s the top ten reasons why you should choose BIMM.
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 at BIMM. Our dedicated career advisors, staff and lecturers will work with you to update your CV, secure you top industry placements, grow your fanbase and help you find your perfect career path. Your employability is important to us and our figures speak for themselves.
2. WE’RE IN CITIES WHERE MUSIC MATTERS MOST
BIMM offers a global network that just can’t be matched by any other music college. There’s our five UK-based colleges in London, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham, plus our two German campuses in Berlin and Hamburg… and let’s not forget 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.
3. EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL NETWORK
Did you know that you can choose to study your degree across two European BIMM colleges as part of our unique BIMM Study Exchange? You’ll be able to complete many of our undergraduate degrees courses in two different European cities by studying across two of our BIMM colleges in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham. You can begin your studies in one city before transferring to another for your second year. For your final year, you can choose to stay or head back to your ‘home’ college!
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… to name just a few. And up-and-coming next-big-thingers like 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. BIMM has also been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for the quality of learning opportunities offered to students in our colleges in Brighton, Bristol, London and Manchester. Our BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship and BA (Hons) Songwriting undergraduate degree courses in Berlin and Hamburg are validated by the esteemed University of Sussex – one of the Times Higher Education’s top 150 universities in the World University Rankings 2018, and our Dublin courses are validated by the prestigious Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).
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 Homme have 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.
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. People like BIMM Bristol Songwriting lecturer, Lou Rhodes, from the band Lamb. Or Siouxsie and the Banshee’s drummer and BIMM Berlin’s Head of Live Performance, Budgie Clarke. When it comes to preparing you for a successful and sustainable career in the music industry, they 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.
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, or performing at or running 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!
10. LIVE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
From industry showcases and songwriting nights to acoustic events, there’s always time to get onstage at BIMM. Our Live and Lyrical nights are a great chance to show off your original material to a live audience, while Song Circles events offer singer-songwriters the possibility to showcase their tunes in an intimate environment. 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.
To join Europe’s most connected music college, call 0844 2 646 666 or email [email protected]