Our Work Experience programme utilises a wealth of music industry connections to provide students with invaluable opportunities to gain real-life experience in some of the industry’s most reputable companies. These experiences are invaluable to our students not just to improve their CV’s, but to help them engage with the industry to make long-lasting and fruitful connections with key employers.
We have helped thousands of students gain work experience across a range of areas in the music industry, here are some examples of the kind of businesses and events you could work with.
The Great Escape Festival
BIMM is the lead educational partner with The Great Escape Festival – the Brighton based festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in thirty walkable venues. TGE is also popular with the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing.
In 2016 and 2017 we placed over 100 students with work experience opportunities and provided seventy-two performance slots across the festival. Students have worked in Venue Management, Technical Production, Convention Support, Festival Production, Delegate Registration, Artist Registration, Artist Liaison, Wristband Exchange and many more roles across the festival.
“I wanted to thank you again for giving me these amazing opportunities. I learn more and more every single time, and I’m incredibly grateful for everything you’re doing for me. I had the best time at TGE! “
Napsugar Bardocz, Event Management student.
“Creating an invaluable and direct link between music industry professionals and the talented, proactive students of BIMM is what we do best. BIMM is an institution renowned for educating smart, hungry students and integrating them into the music business. Our ongoing partnership will ensure there is an influx of driven young people into the thriving music industry.”
Kevin Moore, General Manager of The Great Escape.
LD Communications is the UK’s leading entertainment PR agency with an unrivalled international reputation for delivering results. Their team of publicists specialise in events, brands, music tech, tours, family entertainment and music PR. Clients include Download Festival, Q Awards, Reading/Leeds Festival, Boardmasters Festival, Cirque Du Soleil and Hard Rock Café.
At LD, BIMM students assist a team of press officers who are working with a range of clients including The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, Fast & Furious Live, as well as artist campaigns in conjunction with Universal Music Group and Sony Music UK.
A recent intern from BIMM London, Jamie Skinner also enjoyed the opportunity to work press on live events with Vision Nine, Live Nation and AEG Presents.
“Working at LD has been pivotal in shaping me into the person I am today within the industry. 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.”
Jamie Skinner, Music Business student.
DIY Magazine is the most influential music magazine on the market for up and coming bands – they profile and promote some of the best young artists in the UK.
For the last two years BIMM has sponsored DIY’s ‘Class Of’ launch party, at which twelve students and two bands have had the opportunity to work and play the event respectively. This included Music Business, Event Management and Music Journalism students who assisted with the smooth running of the event and also interviewed the hotly tipped artists who appeared on the line up.
“We came to interview Goat Girl for our BIMM course. It’s great meeting people and getting practice. I would love to be writing for a magazine [when I leave BIMM], I just love journalism. I got into it because I love music. It was a good way for me to express how I felt about bands, artists and music.”
Sam Seaton, Music Journalism student.
Berlin Music Video Awards
The Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA) is an international event for filmakers, producers, musicians, and directors passionate about the art of music videos. The five day festival includes full-length screenings, award ceremonies, live shows, workshops and after-parties
Gabriela Palfinger Camacho, a songwriting degree student worked as an Assistant Stage Production Manager at the 2017 awards ceremony. The role consisted of assisting with creating the timetable for the festival and writing a script for the hosts of the show. Gabriela was also contacting industry guests to secure their professional information and to confirm their participation. The role also involved managing the schedule at the event and ensuring that everyone was on time, both stage and backstage.
“I got an insight of how an event of that size can be created and managed, and besides that, it provided a platform for musicians and filmmakers to get in touch with each other. I think, I’m going to apply with a music video next time too; it’s another good way to show your work, get feedback, and make new connections.”
Gabriela Palfinger Camacho, Songwriting student.
“As we grow, we would like to take BIMM students with us. We’d like to mentor them and help them build a professional portfolio, which will open new doors for them in their future careers.”
Aviel Silook, Berlin Music Video Awards.
The multi-award-winning 2000trees Festival is a three day extravaganza set in the Cotswold Hills. Described as one of the friendliest festivals you’ll ever go to, the festival features over 130 of the best bands around.
BIMM has provided 210 performance slots for students over the last two years and twenty-four student crew members worked at the festival in roles including; Stage Managers, Artist Liaison, Backline Technicians and Front of House Engineers. Additionally, in 2017, BIMM music journalism students were running our very successful media tent.
“Working with BIMM students at 2000trees and ArcTanGent Festivals has been brilliant for us. They are always very keen (& often highly skilled) and help in a variety of roles, including stage management, artist liaison and event management. I’m not sure what we’d do without them!”
James Scarlett, Founder, 2000trees / ArcTangent.
Melting Vinyl Promotions
Melting Vinyl is a truly independent promotions company based in Brighton who are very much inspired by the creative and sunny shores. Committed to bringing quality local, national and international artists to Brighton, the venues used vary from intimate to unusual spaces, such as cinemas and churches to the 1,800 seated Brighton Dome concert hall. Melting Vinyl has a strong track record for interns going on to gain jobs in the music industry
BIMM has placed four students on six month internships with Melting Vinyl over the last two years, along with twenty students working on their shows in a range of roles.
Final year student, Anna Markowska, has been working as a marketing intern at Melting Vinyl. During this time she has gained experience in viral and press communication skills and learned the background to the marketing and production of a show. Responsibilities included collating press, researching YouTube and other viral links to publicise on the Melting Vinyl sites, writing up press releases and wider production responsibilites. During her internship, she worked a show for Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Brighton Dome and ran a number of smaller shows as well.
“I found the placement to be very useful. I liked that I had a chance try few different roles – marketing, production and repping. It gave me confidence to say that now I have experience in the industry and MV has introduced me to two festivals that I worked on over Summer; Create Festival in Kent and Liverpool Festival of Psych as artist liaison.”
Anna Markowska, Event Management student.
Alive Network has grown into the largest supplier of live entertainment for weddings, corporate entertainment and private parties in the UK. As part of its partnership with BIMM, Alive Network provides students and alumni with paid commercial performance work and industry engagement experience as part of BIMM’s Commercial Performance Programme. During this programme, BIMM Students form bands who are mentored by our careers team in their college and then auditioned by Alive Network, with a view to becoming commercially successful function or wedding bands.
All successful BIMM student function bands receive around £7,000 worth of production, promotional materials & support from Alive Network to kick-start their careers as commercial band professionals. This very successful partnership has already meant that BIMM students have performed at over 700 paid events, earning over £600,000 to date. You can check out Alive Network and BIMMs artist collection here.