BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, has colleges in eight cities where music matters most – London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham and Hamburg – and is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe.
The eight BIMM colleges have over 50 years’ experience between them in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry, and our high standard of educational provision has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) – the independent body entrusted with monitoring standards in Higher Education – in their Higher Education Review (HER).
They offer a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates. BIMM professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, live sound, music business, music journalism and event management.
- The first BIMM college opened in 2001 in Brighton. This vibrant and creative city was chosen as a base because of its access to gigs, studios, record labels and artists.
- BIMM Bristol opened in 2008,
- and in 2010, Tech Music School London (TMS), joined the BIMM Group, which had been teaching music in the heart of the world’s music capital since 1983, and now operates as BIMM London.
- In 2011 BIMM Dublin was established,
- followed by our £3m college – BIMM Manchester – in 2013.
- In 2015 we added BIMM Berlin as our first music college to open in Continental Europe.
- In 2017 we have established our 7th College, BIMM Birmingham.
The eight BIMM colleges collaborate in perfect harmony, while ensuring that each individual institute has a unique and independent regional identity which is nurtured by its local team and students.
Over 6,500 students now have access to a range of amazing opportunities as part of their aligned network of colleges. BIMM takes students with talent and the will to work hard, and support them to become better connected than any other graduates. BIMM students collaborate with some of the finest aspiring musicians and music industry professionals in the world, and are guided by a talented group of top-class tutors; every one of them still active in the contemporary music business; and every one of them working to a syllabus honed and informed by the modern industry.
BIMM offers direct access to regular collaborative experiences, including Masterclasses hosted by internationally renowned guest artists, end-of-term gigs, A&R panels, the annual BIMM album, and ongoing engagement with the industry, including work placements and internships.
Intitute's students also benefit from being connected to the largest alumni network in the industry, with graduate success stories including The Kooks; singer-songwriters Tom Odell, James Bay and George Ezra; and Ben Thompson, session drummer with Two Door Cinema Club. Between them, BIMM alumni boast Brit, MOBO and Ivor Novello awards, and have scored countless UK Top 10 albums and more than 30 UK Top 40 singles.
The secret to success is no secret. If you want to make it in music, you’ve got to get connected. Connect with BIMM, and they’ll connect you to a life in music.
Whether teaching rooms, performance areas, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, post-production suites or Mac labs, all the facilities are filled with high-tech industry-standard equipment and software provided by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers.
- BIMM BRIGHTON
Brighton is where it all began for BIMM – and it’s where your success story starts too. With three incredible facilities across the city, the College has everything you need to make your mark on the music industry.
Across BIMM East, BIMM West and BIMM House, the Brighton campus boasts 14 brilliant teaching rooms, a staggering array of top-quality equipment and no fewer than four live performance venues. The sheer scale of the place is an inspiration to anyone dreaming of a music career. BIMM Brighton offers students free rehearsal space at the city’s Monster Studios, while Brighton Electric is often used for auditions and assessments.
- BIMM BRISTOL
Specialist studios, amazing equipment and a 65-seater performance venue make BIMM Bristol the place to turn your music dreams into a successful career. Talent alone will get you so far – but at BIMM Bristol, Institute gives you the tools of the trade, the all-important industry connections and the ideal environment to put in the necessary hard work too.
The Bristol campus revolves around the city’s King Square, where the 8,000ft2 facility has stood since 2008. There’s seven teaching rooms here – all kitted out with top-spec, professional-quality music equipment – plus a library, several tutorial rooms and a common room.
If your passion is for performance, you’ll get the chance to show it on stage too – under the lights, in front of a crowd. The 40ft live performance room is equipped with a 4K PA system, guitar and bass amps by Marshall, Orange, Ampeg and Laney, drums by DW and a Kurzweil stage piano.
But of course, before the performance comes the practice – and we’re geared towards plenty of that. Colston Hall, Bristol’s leading concert hall, offers rehearsal spaces to BIMM Bristol students free of charge.
- BIMM DUBLIN
Ireland’s finest facility for up-and-coming artists, BIMM Dublin’s state-of-the-art studios and suites make this a special place to develop your musical talent.
Across two sites, both at the heart of Dublin city centre, we provide exceptional equipment and learning environments to give you the best possible chance of a successful music career. That means every room is kitted-out with vintage and modern musical equipment, plus full PA facilities. And it means we source our backline equipment only from the industry’s leading manufacturers – including Yamaha, Fender, Cornford, Marshall, Mapex, Mesa, Boogie, Vox, Ampeg, Peavey, Hiwatt, Orange and Roland.
- BIMM LONDON
More than just the capital of the country, London is the capital of the music world. With facilities befitting of the city’s status, BIMM London is the ultimate place to prepare for the rigours of the music industry.
The College, which opened in Fulham in 2013 following a £3m investment, spans five storeys and 19,000ft2. It’s an incredible building and a stunning place to go to work each day – but just like the best artists in music, the College boasts style and substance in equal measure.
There’s an incredible 25 teaching rooms here, all kitted-out with equipment from the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers. Guitars from Gibson, Fender and Ernie Ball, drums and keyboards by Yamaha, amps from Marshall, Hartke and Peavey and mics from Shure and Sontronics.
There’s a Mac suite too, complete with industry software favourite Pro Tools, plus mixing rooms and post-production suites, for students pursuing a more technical route into the music profession.
- BIMM MANCHESTER
The music scene in Manchester is legendary, and BIMM’s two campuses puts you right at the heart of it.
- Great Marlborough Street
The Great Marlborough Street building is an ultra-modern, 12,000ft2 facility with superb teaching spaces and a stunning common room – and the city’s biggest music venues just a stone’s throw away. The campus’s contemporary interior was designed by the same architect responsible for The Hacienda, the iconic venue that inspired Manchester’s music revolution in the 80s and 90s. It’s just around the corner from BIMM – and other famous venues like Gorilla, the Ritz, Sound Control and the Academies are right on the doorstep too.
- Bank Chambers
The second site is in the Bank Chambers building. Opened in January 2016, two floors have been developed to extend our collection of great teaching rooms and studios. The building’s heavy and imposing appearance gives away its previous use as a bullion bank vault by the Bank of England.
Naturally then, BIMM Manchester is an exciting place to be, and there’s real opportunity here for top musical talent. But there’s hard work to be done too – so the facilities are geared up to get the very best out of you every day.
All of the teaching spaces are equipped with full PA systems and industry-quality backline equipment, including vintage and modern instruments for all specialisms. They also have a state-of-the-art production studio and Mac suite with all the latest recording equipment for our Music Production students.
- BIMM BERLIN
BIMM Berlin students attend lessons taught in English at Noisy Academy in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg creative district of Berlin. Via partners Noisy Musicworld, BIMM Berlin provides state-of-the-art professional facilities, with equipment and software delivered by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse them. You’re never far from an Orange amp or Marshall amp at any of BIMM locations!
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