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Prospectus 2015/2016

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Dear Student Welcome to your BIMM Bristol 2015/16 prospectus. Inside you will find everything you need to make an informed choice about the next stage in your education. We have included details on our Higher Education courses, industry specialist tutors, life in Bristol, course fees, career development and pastoral support. Since BIMM was established more than 10 years ago, our aim has been to help every aspiring musician and music industry professional to achieve their personal goals and to enable them to gain the experience, the professionalism and the qualifications that will lead to a sustainable career in the music industry. Success is in our history. BIMM enjoys an enviable reputation as a springboard into employment and we now have over 1000 members in our active Alumni Association who regularly share their career success with us. Read a selection of these stories on pages 12-13. BIMM Bristol is dedicated to opening up a wide range of career options for graduates in music performance, songwriting, music production, music business and event management. As with our four existing centres, BIMM Bristol will provide a dynamic, creative community which represents all aspects of the music industry and provides the perfect place to network, collaborate with other professionals and establish the foundations of your future career. The music industry – although alluring – may seem an impenetrable secretive place. At BIMM we believe that the secret of success is no secret. If you want to get on in music you need to get connected – and there is no better place to do this than at BIMM.

All BIMM Bristol courses are listed in UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) – the nationally recognised route into Higher Education for University applicants. Our admissions team can provide all the support you need to apply to BIMM – please call us for a personal assessment and review to help you to choose the right course for you. BIMM Higher Education courses in Bristol are validated by our partner, Bath Spa University. BIMM and Bath Spa are proud to share the same values of excellence and dedication to our students’ success. If you are passionate about music then BIMM is for you – and can work with you to develop the artistic, technical and entrepreneurial skills needed for a career in the music industry. We look forward to welcoming you to BIMM! Yours sincerely,

- VASEEMA HAMILTON MA Principal – BIMM Bristol / Brighton / Manchester

- MARK CLAYDEN College Manager – BIMM Bristol

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CONTENTS 5

About BIMM

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Bristol – The Place to Study

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Life at BIMM

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Masterclasses

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Careers in the Music Industry

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Student Success

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Tutors

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Courses

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Student Services

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How to Apply

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International

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Fees and Finance

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Student Loans

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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Education Partners

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Accommodation

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Open Days

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College Tours

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Contact Information

Really impressed with what you have here, you’re very lucky.” - ROGER DALTREY

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ABOUT BIMM AT BIMM YOU WILL BE PART OF A CREATIVE COMMUNITY THAT GIVES YOU THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TALENT AND WORK IN ONE OF BRITAIN’S BIGGEST AND MOST CELEBRATED INDUSTRIES. The British music industry is worth over £4bn annually and employs over 140,000 people. For over 10 years, BIMM has been producing some of the industry’s brightest talents, from best-selling artists such as Tom Odell to leading songwriters, musicians, agents, producers, journalists, business professionals and major-label managers. Location is vital to breaking into the music industry, so we have based our five institutes in Bristol, London, Brighton, Manchester and Dublin. These cities have thriving music scenes that allow you to make the most of our world-class connections and to help you have the best possible experience of what life is like in the music industry. In this creative environment you can network and develop lifelong contacts while performing and staging gigs at local venues and festivals, as well as working with record labels, music producers and rehearsal studios.

All of our colleges offer fully accredited courses and are QAA-assured. Our tutors are experts in their fields and still tour, play and produce music with some of the biggest recording artists in the world such as Radiohead, Paul Weller, Madonna and Paul McCartney.

WHY BRISTOL? A thriving underground music and arts scene is at the heart of Bristol life, where individuality is celebrated and creativity rewarded. With a large student population, a love of live music and some of the UK’s best bars and shops, Bristol is the perfect place to immerse yourself. The city and surrounding area hosts a multitude of festivals including the worldrenowned Glastonbury. In 2010 a Performing Rights Society (PRS) study discovered that more working musicians have come from Bristol than any other city in the UK.

“I got a real sense of what various careers involve, had a lot of fun and met some great people” - ED JACOBS Foundation Degree. Eagle Rock, NY

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BRISTOL THE PLACE TO STUDY MUSIC IS AT BRISTOL’S VERY CORE. BRITAIN’S FIFTHLARGEST CITY IS HOME TO INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS MASSIVE ATTACK, PORTISHEAD, RONI SIZE, JULIO BASHMORE AND TRICKY. WITH 23 RECORDING STUDIOS AND FIVE MAJOR MUSIC FESTIVALS BASED IN THE AREA*, BRISTOL IS THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOU TO START YOUR CAREER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

“We were always encouraged to better ourselves [at BIMM], to have enquiring minds, and to challenge ourselves with our own individual goals. I know that it’s made a real difference in my career and helping me to realise my ambitions” - CHARLIE MCCLEAN Foundation Degree Graduate

*Unsigned Guide 2013

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Every night of the week you’ll hear the sound of live music across the city. From up-and-coming artists performing in Stokes Croft – home to performance spaces, openmic nights, various venues and a glorious selection of care-worn pubs that have live music whatever the season – to international acts at the O2 Academy, Colston Hall and Bristol’s famous floating venue down on the dockside, the Thekla. Bristol has hundreds of venues, bars, pubs and clubs within the city’s boundaries – and many of the bands and artists playing these venues passed through BIMM. Throughout the year the city and surrounding area host numerous music festivals, including the legendary Dot to Dot, Big Chill, ArcTanGent, 2000trees and Harbour Festival – and don’t forget that Glastonbury is just down the road. The countercultural edge survives in Bristol in a very real way, with new music, art and literature being generated across the city at all times. Whether it’s a secret warehouse gig in Easton, a new underground club or VIP night on the Gloucester Road, leftfield art exhibitions or pop-up graffiti shows, Bristol’s focus is on that most enigmatic of qualities: authenticity.

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LIFE AT BIMM AT BIMM WE WANT TO HELP YOU BROADEN AND DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS AS A MUSICIAN OR A MUSICINDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL. WHETHER IT’S LEARNING INSIDE THE CLASSROOM, IN A STUDIO, ON STAGE OR AT A FESTIVAL, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS THROUGH FULL-ON IMMERSION.

EVENTS AND MASTERCLASSES We believe that to be the best it helps to meet the best. So we encourage and help you to network with and meet leading music-industry professionals. We use our connections to attract A-list musicians, songwriters, label executives, A&R reps and booking agents to share their knowledge with you in weekly masterclasses. Previous speakers include BIMM patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.

BIMM ALBUM Every year we use our in-house record label to release an album featuring a host of BIMM musicians. You get to record at a professional studio with engineers and producers. BIMM bands and artists submit demos for inclusion on the album, which is released to the public and industry professionals to showcase the best of BIMM talent.

GIGS Live music is a huge part of what we do at BIMM. It’s not all about coursework, revision and exams: you will be heavily involved in Bristol’s live scene throughout the year, whether it’s gigging, rehearsing or promoting. We also run and put on our own shows, showcasing our musicians, bands and songwriters at the end of each term at a series of gigs across the city.

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I felt I finally fitted in there… You could do your own thing and that’s what we did.” LUKE PRITCHARD – The Kooks, BIMM Graduates


MASTERCLASSES PREVIOUS BIMM GUESTS INCLUDE...

ROGER DALTREY (THE WHO)

LEMMY

JEFF BECK

MICHAEL EAVIS

MARKY RAMONE (THE RAMONES)

(MOTÖRHEAD)

(GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL FOUNDER)

PAUL WELLER

DJ KRUST

RICHARD JUPP (ELBOW)

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AT BIMM WE USE OUR EXCELLENT CONNECTIONS IN THE DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INDUSTRIES TO GIVE YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND EMPLOYMENT IN ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC AND EXCITING VOCATIONS IN THE WORLD.

CAREERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES The UK music sector offers a rich variety of careers. In such a diverse industry it helps to have skills across a wide range of roles, and at BIMM we provide you with all the tools you need to achieve this. Consequently our students find work across the whole sector as session musicians, producers, songwriters, electronic artists, managers, agents, engineers and work in PR and A&R roles.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST All BIMM tutors are actively involved in the music business at the highest level. We also use our music-industry connections to attract many music industry A-Listers such as Paul Weller, Ethan Johns and Roger Daltrey to share their knowledge with you in weekly masterclasses.

WORKING WITH THE BEST One of the best ways into the music industry is through work experience. At BIMM our contacts and industry partners allow us to help you gain internships, experience and entry level positions with some of the biggest names in music, including Sony Music, EMI, Universal Music, Warner Music UK, Target Live, Festival Republic, Bestival, XL Recordings, Wichita, Ninja Tune, ie:music, Big Life Management, Quite Great PR, Space Promotions and Duff Press.

HOW WE HELP YOU ACHIEVE THIS At BIMM we have individual tutorials designed to help you with your development and to discuss the direction you would like your career to take. We also have advisors who work with you on a one-to-one basis to help you reach your goals by finding appropriate internships and work experience, assisting you with your CV and putting together career action plans.

If you’re serious about a career in the music industry and want a great education in how the industry works – this is the real deal.” - ROB HARRIS - JAMIROQUAI 10


GET CONNECTED In the last year BIMM students have worked with businesses and events including:

BPI UNIVERSAL MUSIC SONY MUSIC WARNER MUSIC PRS FOR MUSIC THREE SIX ZERO BELIEVE DIGITAL ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL LIVE MUSIC CONFERENCE

2000TREES FESTIVAL LOVE SUPREME FESTIVAL SHAKEDOWN FESTIVAL PLEDGEMUSIC DUFF PRESS SOME FRIENDLY PR RAK STUDIOS COMMUNION MUSIC THE AGENCY

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STUDENT SUCCESS BIMM GRADUATES ENJOY HUGELY SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IN ALL SECTORS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. HERE WE PROFILE SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES – WITH MANY MORE TO BE FOUND AT WWW.BIMM.CO.UK.

TOM ODELL BIMM songwriting graduate Tom progressed to the top of the music industry in 2013. His year began with the winning of the BRITs Critic’s Choice Award, and his debut album ‘Long Way Down’ went to number one. Tom discovered he’d topped the chart just prior to his performance at Glastonbury Festival – what a day!

THE KOOKS Multi-million-selling indiepoppers The Kooks began as students at BIMM, forming as a band in 2002. The band’s 2006 debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ is certified as four-times platinum in the UK, and its follow-up, 2008’s ‘Konk’, went straight into the chart at number one. The band is BRIT-nominated and won in the category of Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Awards in 2006.

NATASHA BENT BEN THOMPSON – TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB As live drummer for Two Door Cinema Club, Ben has toured the globe several times, performed at a multitude of domestic and international festivals and made numerous television appearances. 12

BIMM graduate Natasha is now a highly successful booking agent. She is Vice President at The Agency Group in London, personally representing artists including Foals, CHVRCHES and Foster The People.

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LUKE SITAL-SINGH A young British talent with Glastonbury sets and sessions for BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 beneath his belt, Luke is an artist of real promise. Supported by DJs including Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and Dermot O’Leary, he’s been compared to greats such as Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver.

STEVE SPARROW BIMM songwriting student Steve Sparrow is the lead vocal and guitarist in the band Morning Parade, signed to Parlophone Records. The band’s album ‘Headlights’ charted in the top twenty American Billboard Charts, leading to tours with the Smashing Pumpkins and an appearance on the Jay Leno TV show.


GEORGE EZRA Songwriting student George Ezra signed to Columbia Records in 2012 and has been performing across the UK, including a performance at Glastonbury Festival in 2013.

THE OTHER TRIBE BIMM students James Hill and Miles Crook formed The Other Tribe. Signed to Relentless Records, their debut single proved a huge hit gaining fans including: Fearne Cotton, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Pete Tong, Nick Grimshaw, Sara Cox and Toddla T. This lead to the band being a mainstay on the UK festival circuit appearing at Bestival, BeatHerder, Secret Garden Party, Glade, Isle Of Wight, Gottwood and Sunday Best.

BETH ROWLEY Having provided backing vocals for the likes of Ronan Keating and Enrique Iglesias during her time at BIMM, Beth truly grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns come graduation and signed to major label Universal, who released her 2008 debut album ‘Little Dreamer’. The record reached six on the UK albums chart. Beth’s collaborated with Crowded House and the legendary Burt Bacharach, and performed on Top Of The Pops and This Morning, as well as several other TV shows.

KATE WALSH Kate topped the iTunes chart with her second album, 2007’s ‘Tim’s House’, and in doing so the BIMM graduate became the firstever unsigned artist to do this. She’s since released several recordings through her own Blueberry Pie label, with distribution via Universal, and also returned to BIMM as a tutor.

JORDAN WHITMORE

JENN HANEEF – YAMAHA After graduating from BIMM, Jenn secured a career at Yamaha as a drum tutor, teaching both groups and individual students. Jenn was awarded her degree by Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis.

Having completed a BA (Hons) course in Professional Musicianship at BIMM, Jordan became a member of the Atlantic Records A&R department. The label is home to such high-profile acts as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Missy Elliott and Plan B.

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ALL OUR TUTORS ARE TOP MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS. THEIR ENVIABLE TALENTS AND EXPERIENCE INCLUDE: • • • • • • • •

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Virtuoso instrumental skill and expert songwriting ability Stadium level touring with A-list artists Multi-platinum hit record experience Music Business Professionals, Artist Managers, Festival Organisers, Press Officers and Music Lawyers Top recording session credits World renowned producers Regular contribution to national music journals such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, Rhythm, Guitar Buyer, Bass Magazine, Acoustic Magazine and Music Week Dedication and commitment to Teaching and Learning at BIMM

HEADS OF DEPARTMENT STUART RYAN - Head of Guitar Described as “one of the finest of the young generation” by leading jazz guitarist Martin Taylor MBE, award-winning musician Stuart is known to guitarists the world over thanks to his monthly columns in Guitar Techniques magazine, contributions to Total Guitar and Guitarist, and concerts throughout the UK and beyond. Previously named Guitarist magazine’s Acoustic Guitarist of the Year, Stuart has performed alongside leading guitarists Martin Taylor, Eric Roche and Thomas Leeb. STUART CLAYTON - Head of Bass Guitar Stuart is one of the most respected bass teachers and transcript writers around. In 2002 he became a writer for Bass Guitar magazine and was soon approached by Sanctuary Publishing. Stuart has written several books including Giants Of Bass and Ultimate Slap Bass. Stuart is also a world-class player and has toured the world with Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. 14

JAMES HESTER - Head of Drums James is an incredible talent who is a busy player with his band, Malachai, signed to Island and Domino. James’s full schedule is down to his versatility, being able to play everything from metal to jazz to drum & bass. James also writes columns across many drumming magazines and websites and publishes his own drum titles.

MARTIN HIBBERT - Head of Vocals Martin is a broad-ranged voice artist, having spent the last 20 years working in theatre, TV and production. He has toured Europe and played many of the major venues in the UK and the West End, appearing in musical theatre productions. His vocals have been used in commercials and multimedia infomercials for companies including BT, Tesco, Halifax, Kellogg’s and numerous others.


GERARD LANGLEY - Head of Songwriting Gerard has been the leader of Bristol’s biggest guitar band, The Blue Aeroplanes, since their first album in 1984, selling close to half a million records. They have released albums on EMI, Chrysalis, Beggars Banquet and Fire Records. Ex-members of The Blue Aeroplanes have played with Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Suede, Goldfrapp and many others. Gerard has also released solo and duo albums and collaborated with Michael Stipe of REM.

JOHN GARDEN – Module Leader Music Production John is a composer, musical director and performer with over fifteen years’ experience as a working musician. John was musical director and keyboard player for New York band Scissor Sisters for seven years, performing at venues and festivals worldwide, as well as many TV and radio appearances, and recording sessions in London, New York and the Bahamas. Other collaborations include: Marina and the Diamonds (supporting Coldplay on their 2012 Mylo Xyloto tour); Alison Moyet (as musical director); Ke$ha; Tristan Mackay; Elizabeth Fraser; Jukes (aka Tamco); Jimmy Goodrich; Nathan Daniel (aka Tilted City); Tony Orrell (as JJ and the Birdman); Emily Breeze.

HAZEL MILLS – Head of Theory Hazel is a Bristol-born singer and pianist known for her mesmerising live-looping and vocal processing. Although classically trained, she developed an interest in unconventional performance while studying American Experimentalism at the University of Birmingham. She further explored this when she began working with one of Bristol’s most

innovative programmers, TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes), on her solo work, and with Roxy Music’s legendary sax player on his new project, Andy Mackay & The Metaphors.

JAMIE HUNT – Head of Live Performance Workshop Jamie was the energetic guitarist for metal band Biomechanical (signed to Earache Records). He has recorded three studio albums and toured endlessly around Europe and America. Jamie has a passion and admiration for all styles of music, is a regular columnist in many guitar publications and tries to bring this into his approach to technical guitar playing. He also has a very keen interest in time manipulation, which he has developed and pushed boundaries with alongside drummer extraordinaire Pete Zeldman (Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Jaco Pastorius).

CLIFF JONES - Head of Music Business Cliff was the frontman and songwriter for Britpop band Gay Dad, who enjoyed a number of top 40 hits and produced two acclaimed charting albums. He then became a songwriter for EMI Music Publishing, a noted record producer for major labels, TV composer and A&R consultant. He continues to write extensively for a range of publications including the Sunday Times, the Observer, MOJO and British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He is the author of a book on Pink Floyd and also consults for well-known brands on music within communications, advertising and TV. Cliff is currently the MD for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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Professional Musicianship – BA (Hons)

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Professional Musicianship – Songwriting - BA (Hons)

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Music Production – BA (Hons)

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Music Industry Management – BA (Hons)

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Event Management (Music) – BA (Hons)

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Summer Schools

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My time at BIMM was priceless, learning from professional songwriters who know what they’re talking about, and bouncing ideas off the other students gave me valuable experience that I’ll never be able to re-create. BIMM tells you how the industry really is and prepares you for a real future doing something you love!” - KATE WALSH BIMM Graduate

Working at Sony was an amazing experience, I learned so much and was able to meet frontline artists. I came to appreciate first hand how the modules I am studying at BIMM are truly relevant and applicable in the real world of the music industry.” - TOM BECK Foundation Degree Graduate

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PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP BA (HONS)

GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS, AND VOCALS. If you’re a musician who loves performing live or recording in the studio then the BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship will help you turn your passion for music into a career. The degree is academically challenging and will stretch you as a musician, composer and performer while also providing you with the essential business skills required to work successfully in the music industry. At BIMM Bristol we understand that live performance is the key to becoming a fantastic musician, so you’ll spend a lot of time on stage to help you develop as a performer. Alongside this stage time you’ll receive thorough tuition in musical technique, theory and styles across a wide range of genres. 18

UCAS CODE: W313 As well as developing your musical skills you will be given the opportunity to explore and develop your potential career pathways through research and professional projects. A range of optional modules allow you to shape the course to fit your personal goals. These include solo performance, studio musicianship, commercial music management and teaching. Each of these modules offers a different but equally fulfilling route into employment within the music industry.


KEY INFORMATION: PROGRESSION ROUTE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BIMM Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, or into Industry.

FHEQ LEVEL:

Five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English Language), plus two A-levels at grade E or above, or an equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification. Grade 6 equivalency playing skills. Applications by experienced musicians without formal qualifications may also be considered through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

• Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 • Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 • Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6

Validated and awarded by Bath Spa University.

For entry to Year 2, students must complete Year 1 with 120 Credits achieved. External applications to Year 2 are accepted – for details, please contact info@bimm.co.uk.

MODULES YEAR 1 All students take the following mandatory modules in their first year of study: • Techniques • Essential Styles • Music Business and Study Skills • Artist Development and Entrepreneurship • Live Performance Workshop • Music Theory and Notation Completion of year one with 120 credits achieved allows students to progress to year 2.

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

Mandatory Modules: • Research Methods • Cultural Perspectives • Professional Musicianship • Theory and Transcription

Mandatory Modules: • Personal and Business Development • Analytical Perspectives • Professional Project

Optional Modules Group A: • Performance in Context • Session Skills • Commercial Band Management

Optional Modules Group A: • Solo Performance • Ensemble Performance • Commercial Songwriting

Optional Modules Group B: • Studio Recording • The Songwriter/ Producer • Music Publishing

Optional Modules Group B: • Music Business Studies • Music Teaching Practice

Year Two and Three Each year, students undertake mandatory modules, and chose two further modules from the choices in optional module groups A and B* below. * Students must take at least one module from Optional Modules Group A.

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PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP SONGWRITING BA (HONS)

At BIMM we recognise the unique talent required to be a songwriter. The BA (Hons) Songwriting has been designed to specifically nurture your creative flair for composition and lyric writing.

Your course will culminate with a professional project that is designed to give you the opportunity to develop a live industry project of your choice to give you a head start into the workplace when you graduate.

With a strong focus on writing technique, analysis and personal stylistic development you will be encouraged to explore your creativity as an artist in a range of disciplines from solo and group performance to commercial songwriting.

At BIMM you will be part of a creative community of talented writers, performers and music-industry professionals. There is no better place to learn your craft and to bring your talent to life.

In addition to composition and performance you will undertake research and project work to help you to develop realistic and attainable career goals. To be successful as a songwriter a detailed understanding of the music business is essential. We will share our understanding of music publishing, contracts and recording technology and deliver our teaching in line with the latest trends and directions in the evolving music industry.

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UCAS CODE: W311


KEY INFORMATION: PROGRESSION ROUTE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BIMM Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, or into Industry.

FHEQ LEVEL:

Five GCSEs at C or above (including English Language), plus two A-levels at grade E or above, or an equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification. Grade 6 equivalency playing skills. Applications by experienced musicians without formal qualifications may also be considered through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

• Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 • Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 • Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6

Validated and awarded by Bath Spa University.

For entry to Year 2, students must complete Year 1 with 120 credits achieved. External applications to Year 2 are accepted – for details, contact info@bimm.co.uk.

MODULES YEAR 1 All students take the following mandatory modules in their first year of study: • Songwriting Techniques • Arrangement Analysis • Music Business and Study Skills • Artist Development and Entrepreneurship • Live Performance Workshop • Music Theory and Arrangement Completion with 120 credits achieved allows students to progress to year 2.

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

Mandatory Modules: • Research Methods • Cultural Perspectives • The Songwriter/ Producer • Music Publishing • Theory & Transcription

Mandatory Modules: • Personal and Business Development • Analytical Perspectives • Professional Project • Commercial Songwriting

Optional Modules: • Performance in Context • Session Skills • Commercial Band Management • Studio Recording

Optional Modules Group A: • Solo Performance • Ensemble Performance • Music Business Studies • Music Teaching Practice

Year Two and Three Each year, students undertake mandatory modules, and also choose one additional subject from the optional module choices.

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MUSIC PRODUCTION BA (HONS)

The songwriter-producer is at the forefront of a great deal of commercial music produced today. The combined abilities to both write music (with artists and solo) and produce it to a high standard is essential in a sustainable career. The Music Production BA (Hons) award has been designed with these criteria in mind. It is a specialist and vocational programme designed for those wishing to pursue a career in a wide range of music industry roles such as songwriter-producer, sound engineer, film composer, live musician or computer music designer. The course sits on the very cutting edge of music production and composition, with sessions being delivered in established studios utilising professional equipment and software. You will benefit from learning and working in industry standard production facilities across the region, including Rockfield Studios whose past clients include Iggy Pop, Kasabian, Coldplay, Paul Weller, New Order, Manic 22

UCAS CODE: W373 Street Preachers, Oasis, Queen and The Stone Roses. There are also regular sessions at J and J Studios and Toybox Studios, which have been used by platinum-selling artists such as Robert Plant, Portishead, PJ Harvey and Seasick Steve. The qualification is also unique in the way it combines the creative use of technology alongside a rigorous, critical and theoretical examination of music production. During the course you will learn about the detailed technology and technique requirements to produce music across a wide range of contexts: from traditional studio recording to film, television, animation, multimedia and live environments. You will also gain a thorough grounding in the context of contemporary music, the industry that supports it and the personal skills, project management skills and business acumen required for a successful career in music production.


KEY INFORMATION: PROGRESSION ROUTE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BIMM Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, or into Industry.

FHEQ LEVEL:

Minimum 160 UCAS tariff points (five GCSEs at C or above (to include English) and two A-levels at grade C or above), or equivalent national vocational qualification – an equivalent qualification is acceptable via our APL process. Students with significant experiential learning may also be able to apply using our APEL process. Advice and guidance will be provided by the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

• Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 • Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 • Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6

Validated by Bath Spa University

MODULES YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

All students take the following mandatory modules in their first year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their second year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their Third year of study:

• Studio Engineering • Video and Multimedia Technology • Artist Development and Entrepreneurship • Music Business and Study Skills • Computer Music • Interactive Technologies

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• Professional Project • Personal & Business Development • Immersive Environments • Advanced Production Techniques

Completion with 120 credits achieved allows students to progress to year 2.

Research Methods Sound Studio Production Commercial Songwriting Computer Music Design Music Production in Context Computer Music Performance

Elective Modules: • Music Business Studies • Post Production • Ensemble & Solo Performance

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MUSIC INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT BA (HONS)

UCAS CODE: N825 The music business, as one of the largest components of the UK’s creative industries, is an essential part of the UK’s culture and economy. Over the past 10 years, with the growth of digital music and the live scene, the UK’s music business has changed significantly, with the online sphere providing exciting new opportunities for music delivery and employment. In all respects, the UK’s music business is an exciting and innovative industry and is a business founded on knowledge, skill and networking. It demands high levels of professionalism from its practitioners and a detailed understanding of the how its many sectors interact. The BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management is an award designed to encompass, breakdown and detail the complex and highly detailed 360-degree structure of today’s international industry. The course will equip graduates with a comprehensive skill set and will cover the diverse range of career paths available in today’s industry. The course is 24

highly vocational and is designed to act as a springboard into employment. Students on the course will benefit from both theory and work-based learning, engaging with the industry via work placements and entrepreneurial projects. This way students fully experience the business, the challenges it faces and the opportunities presented by the digital revolution. Graduates will be equipped to pursue employment as either full-time employees or as selfemployed entrepreneurs focusing on project management. The course aims to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and a flexible and wellestablished skill set which position students well for a portfolio career in the industry. The course is delivered by well-connected and reputable tutors with first-class experience of working at the highest levels of today’s industry, ensuring this qualification is unique, relevant and cutting edge.


KEY INFORMATION: PROGRESSION ROUTE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BIMM Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, or into Industry.

FHEQ LEVEL:

Minimum entry requirements are five GCSEs at C grade or above (including English Language), plus two A-levels at grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification. Applicants will be required to demonstrate previous experience and ability. A strong work ethic and career focus alongside a willingness to engage in academic as well as vocational study will be a definite advantage for applicants on this demanding course.

• Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 • Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 • Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6

Validated and awarded by Bath Spa University

Applications by experienced persons without formal qualifications may also be considered through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). For entry to Year 2, students must complete Year 1 with 120 credits achieved.

MODULES YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

All students take the following mandatory modules in their first year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their second year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their third year of study:

• Tour Production and Project Management • Live Sound Systems • Music, Popular Culture and Society • Music Business & Study Skills • Induction to Music Law • Working in the Music Business

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• Commercial Music Research Report • Personal & Business Development • Artist and Repertoire • Music Industry Financing and Funding • Commercial Event Realisation

Research Methods Studio Recording Engaging With Industry Live Music Project Digital Marketing and E Commerce • Artist Management

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EVENT MANAGEMENT (MUSIC) BA (HONS)

If you are an aspiring promoter then the BA (Hons) in Event Management (Music) is an ideal foundation for success in the music industry. Alongside the growth of digital music, the live music-industry has expanded hugely with festivals and tours becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for bands and artists, and the main way in which they build a fanbase. At BIMM Bristol you will have countless opportunities to use the practical skills you learn on your course to put on events, festivals, club nights and more. You will work directly with the hundreds of BIMM artists and numerous local venues in Bristol. This access to artists and venues really sets the BIMM Event Management (Music) degree apart from others available in the UK. The BA (Hons) in Event Management (Music) is designed to encompass the complex and detailed structure of the contemporary 26

UCAS CODE: N820 events industry. It will equip you with a comprehensive business and management skill set and will cover the diverse range of career paths available in this dynamic and growing sector. The course is delivered by well-connected tutors with first-class experience of working at the highest levels of the modern events industry, ensuring your qualification is unique, relevant and cutting edge. Throughout the course you will be able to take part in a range of work placements and internships with established events including the 2000trees and ArcTanGent festivals. You will be encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial spirit that will equip you for a long and successful career in the events industry.


KEY INFORMATION: PROGRESSION ROUTE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BIMM Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, or into Industry.

FHEQ LEVEL:

Minimum 160 UCAS tariff points (two A-levels at grade C or above) or equivalent national vocational qualification – an equivalent qualification is acceptable via our APL process. Students with significant experiential learning may also be able to apply using our APEL process. Advice and guidance will be provided by the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

• Year 1 - 120 credits at Level 4 • Year 2 - 120 credits at Level 5 • Year 3 - 120 credits at Level 6

Validated by Bath Spa University

MODULES YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

All students take the following mandatory modules in their first year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their second year of study:

All students take the following mandatory modules in their Third year of study:

• Event Concept and Design • Management and Human Resources • Music Business and Study Skills • Event Management Law • Introducing Event • Management • Events in Context

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• Event Project Realisation • Personal and Business Development • Event Strategy and Future Markets • Events and the Environment • Event Promotion and Digital Media

Research Methods Event Finance and Funding Engaging with Industry Legalities and Licensing Marketing and Media Event Logistics and Services

Also available as a two-year accelerated programme at BIMM Brighton – see www.bimm.co.uk for more details.

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SUMMER SCHOOLS EVERY YEAR AT BIMM WE RUN A RANGE OF SUMMER SCHOOLS FOR MUSICIANS LOOKING TO DEVELOP THEIR TECHNIQUE AND CONFIDENCE AS LIVE PERFORMERS. IF YOU’RE A GUITARIST, SINGER, BASSIST OR DRUMMER A BIMM SUMMER SCHOOL IS A FANTASTIC WAY TO SPEND YOUR BREAK. Each Summer School is run over a fiveday week and consists of dedicated tuition on your instrument, followed by a live performance workshop every afternoon to hone your performance skills. You will be guided by your tutors and a different special guest each day. The last day will involve forming bands and rehearsing your favourite track of the week in preparation for an afternoon performance for your friends and family. BIMM Summer Schools are open to all musicians aged 11+ who are not absolute beginners on their instrument. We always have a good range of ages at the Summer Schools, so remember you’re never too old or too young to rock out!

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SIGN-UP FOR SUMMER SCHOOL If you would like to give BIMM a try and join us on one of our Summer Schools then email us at info@bimm.co.uk


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STUDENT SERVICES WE WANT TO MAKE YOUR TIME AT BIMM AS EASY AND COMFORTABLE FOR YOU AS POSSIBLE. WE HAVE EDUCATIONAL AND PERSONAL SUPPORT TEAMS DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF BEING HERE.

EDUCATION SUPPORT We have a full-time team providing a range of services for those who need support throughout their studies. These include students with special learning difficulties, dyslexia, medical conditions and other disabilities. Our Student Services team will work on a one-to-one basis to help students learn skills to assist with reading, writing, revision and approach to exams and coursework.

PERSONAL SUPPORT Our Student Services team also offers counselling and stress-management. This is done on a one-to-one basis and is strictly confidential. We understand that there are certain stresses and anxieties that can affect students so our fully qualified counsellors will help with any problems you may have from financial worries to personal issues.

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HOW TO APPLY

APPLYING TO BIMM IS SIMPLE. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS FOLLOW THESE STEPS.

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES 1. M  ake your application through UCAS at www.ucas.com. To apply via UCAS you will need your course code and also the correct campus and institution codes. The first UCAS deadline for application is 15th January 2015. There are further opportunities to apply but it is recommended you meet this first deadline. 2. For Performance courses you will require an assessment with BIMM. Once we have received your application we will book your assessment or you can book one before you apply by calling our admissions teams on 08442 646 666. For Music Production courses, in addition to applying through UCAS, you will be required to submit a portfolio of your work on application.

3. If your UCAS application is successful you will be made either a conditional or unconditional offer. If it is conditional it will be pending BIMM receiving any further information that is required, such as exam results and certificates. If it unconditional then you have met the entry criteria for the course. 4. Confirmation of your place will be made through ‘Track’ on ucas.com. It is then up to you to confirm if you wish to take your place.

KNOW YOUR CODES B39 – Institution Code for BIMM L – Campus Code for Bristol

For Music Business or Event Management courses your UCAS personal statement will be sent for marking with one of our admissions tutors to determine suitability for the course. Please make sure your personal statement is relevant to the course that you are applying for.

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INTERNATIONAL IF YOU ARE A NON-UK RESIDENT, APPLYING TO BIMM HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER, AND YOU CAN APPLY FOR ALL OF OUR FULL-TIME COURSES.

HOW TO APPLY 1. Y  ou have to undertake an assessment, which will determine what level is best suited to your ability. We do understand that some EU and international applicants will not be able to travel to BIMM for their audition and therefore we can offer an assessment application that can be sent via email. Please send your assessment application request to: josieblacknell@bimm.co.uk 2. O  nce the assessment process has been completed we will send you a contract offer that needs to be signed and returned. 3. T  he deposit for your course will need to be paid in full within 21 days of receiving the contract.

ENGLISH QUALIFICATIONS You will be required to show evidence of your English language skills to one of the following levels: Qualification

Minimum score of:

IELTS

6.5 overall (with no lower than 6.0 to be achieved in each of the

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listening and writing sections)

PTE

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ENTRY CRITERIA You will also need to meet the academic entry criteria for the course you wish to apply for. You will need to provide us with evidence of your qualifications upon making an application.

HOW TO GET A STUDENT VISA 1. A  s an international student you need a visa to study in the UK. 2. In order to obtain a student visa you will need to be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number by BIMM. This will be provided once you return a signed copy of your contract offer and have paid your full fees following a successful application. If you have applied through UCAS it will be dependant on you confirming your place on Track and paying full fees. 3. O  nce you have received your CAS number you will be able to proceed with your visa application. In March 2012 BIMM was awarded full ‘Highly Trusted Status’ by the UK Border Agency.

FURTHER INFORMATION To discuss all of your options with one of our advisors please get in touch by calling +441273 626666 or emailing info@bimm.co.uk.


FEES AND FINANCE As part of the country’s most successful group of music colleges, BIMM is uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality. Many UK universities are charging £9,000 a year for degree courses – all of our undergraduate three-year degree courses are priced at under £6,000 for UK and EU students. All BIMM courses are fully accredited so you can apply to the Student Loans Company to cover the full amount of tuition fees payable. To find out more, please refer to our finance packs or website for more information on funding options. All fees quoted apply to the 2015/16 academic year only, and are on a per annum basis.

Higher Education Courses

UK and EU Students

Non EU Students

UCAS Code

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship

£5,950

£10,950 (Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

W313

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship -Songwriting

£5,950

£10,950 (Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

W313

BA (Hons) Music Industry Management

£5,950

£10,950 (Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

N825

BA (Hons) Event Management

£5,950

£10,950 (Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

N820

BA (Hons) Music Production

£5,950

£10,950 (Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

W373

FURTHER INFORMATION To speak to our Finance team please get in touch by calling 08442 646 666 or emailing info@bimm.co.uk.

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STUDENT LOANS At BIMM we have ensured that our degreecourse tuition fees offer exceptional value for our students, with all of our three-year HE courses priced at under £6,000 per annum for UK and EU students. For most students studying a degreelevel course, tuition fees can be covered by a student loan from the Student Loans Company. BIMM continue to be able to offer loans through the Student Loans Company as we have been fully QAA assessed which is a requirement of the government to be able to offer student loans on a continuing basis. Both UK and EU students are eligible to apply for a student loan. You can find out more information on the guidelines of and how to apply for a student loan at www.slc.co.uk. The government also provides useful information on student finance at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

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Student loans for Tuition fees provided by the Student Loan Company will cover a maximum of £6,000 of fees per annum, if you are eligible for a loan. Where the annual course fees are in excess of £6,000, the balance must be paid by the student prior to enrolling each academic year.

REPAYMENTS Your repayments are linked to your income. You only make repayments when your income is over £21,000 a year, and if your income drops below this amount repayments stop. Each month you pay back 9% of any income over £21,000, this would work out at approximately £30 per month if you were earning £25,000 per year. For more information on loans or any queries you may have on tuition fees and student finance please contact the BIMM finance team on 08442 646 666 or by emailing info@bimm.co.uk.


SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES BIMM is dedicated to offering opportunities to and supporting talented and passionate aspiring musicians. Our aim is to do as much as we can to help you succeed. Last year BIMM offered over £200,000 in scholarships and bursaries to our students in need of financial help to make the most of their talents. It is an initiative we are proud to be a part of and we will be continuing with. For more details about the following scholarships and bursaries visit the ‘fees and scholarships’ section at www.bimm.co.uk/Bristol. For further information on how to apply, please call 08442 646 666 or email info@bimm.co.uk.

EMI BURSARY BIMM SPRINGBOARD SCHOLARSHIP BIMM SCHOLARSHIP PRS SCHOLARSHIP BIMM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIPS MIM PETER GRANT SCHOLARSHIP 140DB SCHOLARSHIP

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EDUCATION PARTNERS BIMM IS PRIVILEGED TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HIGHLY RESPECTED EDUCATION PROVIDERS WHO ENABLE US TO OFFER FULLY ACCREDITED COURSES TO PROVIDE SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES WITH INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS.

BSU is our key education partner in the South West of England validating all Higher Education courses at BIMM Bristol.

Tech Music School, also part of the BIMM group, offers a range of qualifications from Diploma to Degree levels.

BIMM Brighton and BIMM Manchester Higher Education graduates leave with a prestigious award from one of the UK’s most highly respected universities.

Middlesex University validates our successful specialist music teaching postgraduate course.

Our longstanding local Further Education partner supports BIMM Brighton in the accreditation of our Level 2 and 3 programmes.

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Knowsley College supports BIMM Manchester in the accreditation of our Level 3 programmes. As an education provider BIMM is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for our students. The BIMM group of institutes has been successfully assessed by the rigorous Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has also received the UK Border Agency (UKBA) ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor status’.


ACCOMMODATION BRISTOL IS A THRIVING STUDENT CITY SO YOU ARE NEVER SHORT OF PLACES TO LIVE. WHEREVER YOU CHOOSE WILL BE WITHIN EASY REACH OF OUR CITY CENTRE INSTITUTE.

AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDES: • Dedicated student housing • Houseshare opportunities

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Private landlords Part-boards with families

You can find more details at bimm.co.uk/Bristol/accommodation. When you apply we will send you an accommodation pack to help you find your perfect place to live, and each year we also have a dedicated online forum for new students to find out all they need to know about living in Bristol.

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OPEN DAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE HOLD MONTHLY OPEN DAYS SO YOU CAN GET A SENSE OF WHAT LIFE AS A STUDENT AT BIMM WILL BE LIKE. At an open day you can: • Watch live performances from BIMM bands • See a presentation about BIMM courses and our philosophy on education • View our facilities • Meet course tutors • Ask any questions you may have regarding studying at BIMM

BOOK YOUR PLACE To book your place on one of our open days, visit www.bimm.co.uk/bristol/open-days and complete our online booking form. We will then confirm your place.

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COLLEGE TOURS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BIMM TOUR THE COUNTRY VISITING SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES TO TALK TO STUDENTS ABOUT CAREERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. Our college tours are an interactive experience featuring live music as well as a presentation and Q&A session with our experienced college tours team. We lift the lid on how the music industry works and offer advice and guidance on how to pursue your dream career.

WANT US TO VISIT YOUR SCHOOL? If you’re a student, parent or teacher and would like BIMM to visit your school or college, please contact us by emailing our Events team on events@bimm.co.uk.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

TO APPLY TO BIMM, BOOK AN ASSESSMENT OR ASK US A QUESTION, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO GET IN TOUCH.

BIMM BRISTOL

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CHECK US OUT ONLINE

BIMM Bristol 25 King Square Bristol BS2 8JN United Kingdom

WEBSITE: www.bimm.co.uk

TEL (UK): 0844 2 646 666 TEL (INT): (0044) 1273 626 666 email: info@bimm.co.uk

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/BIMMBristol - or tweet @BIMMBristol

PLEASE NOTE: The information in the BIMM prospectus and online is believed to be correct. It is not part of any agreement with parents/students and the Institute. Courses and course content are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change.

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/tvbimm

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BIMMBristol


DAN MOORE – RUMER, RODRIGUEZ, JOSS STONE DAMON MINCHELLA – OCEAN COLOUR SCENE, PAUL WELLER, THE WHO / JIM BARR – PORTISHEAD / DAN PUGSLEY – SKINDRED / JAMIE HUNT – BIOMECHANICAL, SQUAREPUSHER / STEVE BANKS – COLMAN BROTHERS PHIL DAWSON – HUGH MASEKELA, TONY ALLEN, THE HELIOCENTRICS / JON HARPER – COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE, CSS / GREG CORDEZ – JIM WHITE, PEE WEE ELLIS, ED MOTTA, JASON REBELLO / JASON BOWLD – AXEWOUND, BILL BAILEY, PWEI, KILLING JOKE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PITCHSHIFTER / ROB BRIAN - PETER

TUTORS

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE FANTASTIC ARTISTS OUR TUTORS HAVE WORKED WITH

GABRIEL, BLACKBOX, ANDY SHEPPARD, HERBIE FLOWERS, SIOUXSIE SIOUX / TIM ALLEN – BAT FOR LASHES TOM FRIEND – 679, ISLAND RECORDS, UNIVERSAL RECORDS A&R / MARK WHITLAM – RONNIE SCOTT’S ADAM WINCHESTER -WEDGE / MARCO MIGLIARI REALWORLD STUDIOS / TOBY MARKS - BANCO DE GAIA DARREN BROOME - BBC / GABBY CHELMICKA - ROBBIE WILLIAMS PA / SACHA TAYLOR-COX - PR- ZANE LOWE, MTV, NME, PAUL OAKENFOLD, CARL COX, LILY ALLEN MARTINO BURGESS - MUSIC LAW / JAMES SCARLETT 2000 TREES FESTIVAL, ARCTANGENT FESTIVAL 41


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BIMM Bristol Prospectus 2015/16  

Make Music your Career at the UK and Ireland's best connected music college. Music Performance, Production, Live Sound, Tour Management, Mus...