Scholarships and Bursaries

BIMM is dedicated to helping musicians and songwriters develop their skills, talents and self confidence, while gaining a nationally recognised Further or Higher Education qualification. Every academic year, we’re able to offer a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to talented and dedicated applicants and students who are in financial hardship.

These are suitable for candidates on any level of course, however, ideally for those courses incurring fees.

BIMM Bursary

We’re pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity to apply for a BIMM Bursary. It’s specifically for gifted and committed applicants who are struggling financially, and in order to be eligible, your household income must be below £25,000 per annum.

The BIMM Bursary will be for £1,500 for one year only and is awarded to six students at each BIMM college within the UK. If your application is successful, you’ll receive the money in three instalments at the beginning of each term.

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:

  • Be a UK or EU national
  • Be in financial hardship
  • Have good studentship (current students only)

There are a few steps involved in the application process and we’re happy to assist with any queries you may have along the way to ensure your form is completed easily and thoroughly.

All applicants for the BIMM Bursary must complete a means test form – please see below for further details.

How to apply

To apply for the BIMM Bursary, please complete the following application form.

Deadline for applications is 30th July at 6pm


(Available to current Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London students only)

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity established in 1997 to celebrate the Centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples’ access to music education in the UK. Its patrons include Sir Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono and Diana Ross. Naturally, it’s a huge honour for BIMM to be chosen to receive bursary funding as part of an elite band of music education centres, which also includes The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Academy of Music.

In 2015, EMI Music Sound Foundation offered an annual bursary of £10,000, this was made available to current BIMM students across BIMM colleges in the UK. The bursary amount will be split between 8-10 students who will be continuing their studies at BIMM in 2017/18.

The bursary can be put towards your course fees, or you can receive the money directly to help with your living costs while studying (the funds will be paid by the end of your first term of study).

If you’d like further information regarding the bursary, please visit:

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:
• Be a current BIMM student
• Be aged between 19 and 24 on the 31st August 2018
• Be a UK national
• Be in financial hardship
• Have good studentship

It’s important that your application form for this bursary is completed thoroughly, so if you require assistance with your submission, please feel free to get in touch.

How to apply

To apply for the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary, please complete the following application form.

Deadline for applications is 2nd July at 6pm

New for 2018 – 20/20 Scholarships : Unlock Your Potential

We’re delighted to be launching 100 new Scholarships for early applicants looking to start on the first year of a degree course in 2018/19. There will be 20 scholarships available at each of our UK-based colleges, offering a discount of 20% off tuition fees for three years (total value of £4,470) to those who are awarded them. All BIMM courses will qualify.

In order to be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a UK or EU national*
  • Have a household income below £48,000 per annum
  • Write a 750 word personal statement (within the application form) answering the question ‘How will this scholarship help you achieve your career goals in the music industry?’

To make you application for the 20/20 scholarship you must:

  • Apply to BIMM through UCAS by the 15th of January. We will then email you the application form shortly after
  • Receive a recommendation for your respective course following a successful assessment/interview and submit your 20/20 application form by Saturday 31stof March


*applicants must have resided in the UK or EU for a minimum of 3 years

We acknowledge that there are several steps involved in the application process of this scholarship, so we have created this handy Scholarships Guide to help you with your application. If you have any other queries about your submission, please contact us by phone or at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to assist.