BIMM Institute Dublin Scholarships 2021/22

BIMM Institute is dedicated to helping musicians and songwriters develop their skills, talents and self-confidence while gaining a nationally recognised 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.


 

BIMM Institute Dublin and IMRO continue to support and shape the Irish music industry with the announcement of the BIMM Dublin IMRO Foundation Diploma in Music Business Scholarship

BIMM Institute Dublin and IMRO are delighted to announce the fifth BIMM Institute Dublin IMRO Diploma in Music Business Scholarship which will offer one student the opportunity to study on this year-long Foundation Diploma course free of charge. Prospective students can apply for the scholarship by submitting an enquiry to the team at [email protected].

In 2018, BIMM Institute Dublin, part of Europe’s most connected and successful music college, added to its range of courses by launching the BIMM Institute Dublin Foundation Diploma in Music Business course which has been a game-changer for the Irish music scene. This a part-time course designed to offer students a practical skill set precisely designed with future entrepreneurism and employment in mind including Music Promotion and Marketing, Artist Management, Tour Management, Physical and Digital Music Distribution, e-commerce in the Music Industry, Music Publishing and Recording, Live Music Events and Touring. The course is ideal for those with no experience in the industry and who wish to use it as a foundation for further study or entrepreneurship.

Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO said: “IMRO is delighted to continue its partnership with BIMM Dublin on its Music Business Foundation Diploma course. It is critical that we support and nurture the next generation of creative thinkers and industry professionals. BIMM graduates are to be found in every sector of the music industry in Ireland which is testament to the quality of the tuition, experiences and industry connections that students are exposed to during their time at this renowned institution”. 

BIMM Institute Dublin College Principal, Alan Cullivan said: “IMRO is a vital organisation within the Irish music industry and has been for many years. It always displays unwavering support for Irish artists, both new and established, in their role of collection society, education provider and lobbyist for greater development and investment in homegrown talent. Partnering with IMRO on our Music Business Foundation Diploma scholarship makes perfect sense for us, as no one cares more about the business of music in Ireland than IMRO”.

2020’s scholarship winner, Laura McCabe, commented: “I was so lucky to have been awarded the scholarship to study the diploma in Music Business with BIMM this year. Financially it hugely took the pressure off me, as well as giving me the confidence I needed to further pursue my career in Artist Management. While I’ve been working as an artist manager for several years, undertaking this study and diploma, only furthered my knowledge of music business, and solidified my love for my work. The tutors are all experienced members of the industry, and we learned so much from them, as well as the brilliant guest speakers that were brought into lectures – many which I knew from the industry already, or else new ones I now have a base connection with because of it. “I’m so thankful to IMRO for selecting me for this scholarship at BIMM Institute. I really enjoyed my time studying there!”

The BIMM group is the largest and leading provider of music education in Europe and has taken raw talents and turned them into industry professionals, earning a living doing what they love. The BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business will be delivered at BIMM Institute Dublin, Ireland’s most vibrant and diverse community of musicians providing unique opportunities for collaborative student learning, as well as direct connectivity to an industry that will enhance future career prospects.

This course, like all qualifications at BIMM Institute Dublin, is delivered by tutors with experience working at the highest levels of the music business, which ensures that the delivery of this qualification will be distinctive, relevant, and uniquely cutting edge.

Application forms for the scholarship can be requested via [email protected].

The closing date for scholarship applications is Friday 12th August at 5:30 pm.

This scholarship will offer one lucky student the opportunity to study our year-long Music and Audio Production Foundation Diploma course free of charge. If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your inquiry to [email protected] before Friday 12th August at 5:30 pm.

“Here in BIMM, we are delighted to continue working with Ireland’s biggest supporter of new Irish music,” says Alan Cullivan, College Principal at BIMM Institute Dublin. “RTÉ 2FM give such amazing support to new Irish artists, it’s a very easy relationship to have and we are extremely excited for the future, and most importantly, for the scholarship recipient to get such great support.”

Adam Fogarty, Head of Music at RTÉ 2FM, echoes the excitement about our two organisations once again coming together to support the next generation of Irish music. “RTÉ 2FM is delighted to continue our partnership with BIMM Institute Dublin for The RTÉ 2FM Music and Audio Production Scholarship,’’ he says.

Adam continues: “Supporting Irish artists and collaborating with the wider Irish music industry is important to RTÉ 2FM and its place within the Irish music scene. BIMM continues to be a key part of the wider music infrastructure in Ireland, helping new talent develop the necessary skills to pursue a career in music. Through this scholarship, we hope the lucky applicant can develop their skill set to grow their career in music and contribute positively to the Irish music scene.”

The winner of our 2020 RTÉ 2FM Scholarship, Oisin Murray, spoke about the day he learned he had won and how the scholarship has helped him:

‘I got the call from BIMM and didn’t even consider that it was about me winning the scholarship. I was really surprised and delighted. Receiving this scholarship is such an encouraging boost. I’m now more driven than ever to learn everything I can about producing great quality music’.

Why choose our Foundation Diploma in Music and Audio Production?

This part-time course serves as a fundamental introduction to Music and Audio Production. It’s designed to provide you with the core knowledge, and technical and creative skills needed for a range of creative industries, such as music production, audio engineering, broadcast, audio for games, corporate audio, post-production, audio system installation and pro-audio sales.

Course Leader Stephen O’Brien explains that the classes are very practical and focus on experiential learning. “Students are tasked with simulating real scenarios,” he says. “Alongside recording bands, they run a live broadcast, overdubbing and syncing dialogue on adverts, creating a 3-minute VOX pop radio interview and field recordings. The students also assist in recording all the BIMM singles in the studio under the guidance of a producer and this provides great networking opportunities.”

You’ll be taught by a highly skilled team of established music industry professionals and be surrounded by high-tech, cutting-edge facilities. All our course lecturers are currently working in the industry and include mastering engineer Fergal Davis (Muse, Sinead O’Connor, Ben Folds), and producer-engineer Stephen O’Brien (Hal, Cathay Davey, RTÉ Junior, Disney), amongst others. There are also guest lecturers to cover specific topics, such as Ber Quinn (Divine Comedy, The Villagers, John Grant) for live sound.

Speaking on his experience throughout the course, Nabil (2018 scholarship winner) says: “My year at BIMM has been great. I really felt like I fit in. Being surrounded by fellow musicians who are all eager to answer and ask the same questions that I had was fantastic.”

“As well as getting to know my craft in more detail, I also found some great friends. BIMM is a perfect environment for any musician… [I was also able to perform] my first single, Dog Wit A Bone in front of my friends and fellow students [at the End of Term gig], which has to be my favourite moment.”

Apply for our RTÉ 2FM Foundation Diploma Scholarship.

  • Please request an application form by emailing the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team at [email protected] or call +353 1 5133 666.
  • Return the completed application form via email to [email protected] before the Friday 12th August at 5:30 pm..
  • Once you have applied, we will contact you with details of the interview. You will receive at least 10 days’ notice of your scheduled interview time.
  • Bring along any relevant material to your interview that demonstrates your experience in music and audio production.
  • International applicants are welcome and Zoom interviews can be arranged if you’re unable to attend your interview.

Fontaines D.C. have partnered with BIMM Institute Dublin to create the Fontaines D.C. BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music Scholarship with the aim to aid musicians who are preparing to start their creative careers in music.

The award-winning BIMM graduates will be actively involved in selecting the deserving recipient of the scholarship, who will have their BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music course fees paid in full for the four-year duration of the degree course, worth €12,000.

Commenting on the scholarship, Fontaines D.C. bassist Conor Deegan says: “We’re honoured to have a scholarship in our name. Our time in BIMM gave us time to figure out who we wanted to be as a band. We were given guidance on how to achieve our dreams. We’re looking forward to being able to help someone else succeed at their time there with this scholarship.”

Applicants interested in applying for this scholarship must first apply to the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music via the CAO, using the course code TU 961. CAO late applications are open for those who haven’t yet made a CAO application for this year until 1 May 2022. The deadline for scholarship applications will be 5 August 2022.

The Spotify Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships will be available for the 2022/23 academic year, exclusively for applicants from underrepresented groups identified in the BIMM Institute Access and Participation Plan. This includes Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, disabled students, care leavers, mature age students, or those with a background of low participation in Higher Education.

There will be eight scholarships in total, which will provide the cost of full tuition fees during the length of study. Every college across BIMM Institute will offer 1 x BA or BMus (Hons) degree scholarship. This means applicants can choose between various college locations including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester, Dublin, Hamburg and Berlin.

All scholarship students will receive the support of dedicated Careers teams in each college, our in-house job matching service ‘Talent Match’ in their final year, and access to BIMM Institute’s Fair Access Fund. Each scholarship student will also be given scheduled access to Spotify executives for mentoring sessions, including Bryan Johnson, Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships.

BIMM Institute and Spotify’s educational partnership also offers a host of other benefits to students, including annual Spotify Masterclass events and assets known as Industry Boosters, which will sit directly in students’ digital libraries.

To apply for the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships, you will first need to apply for a BIMM Institute course in the standard way. If you meet the scholarship criteria, you will then be sent an application form.

Applications will open the first week of October and will close at the end of June 2022.

BIMM Institute Dublin, home to Ireland’s most talented developing new artists, is proud to announce the second year of the Dermot Kennedy Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship a practical and vocational, part-time course ideal for musicians looking to further their abilities.

Dermot Kennedy, one of Ireland’s most successful singer-songwriters is again offering his support to new artists as Dermot  partners with BIMM Institute Dublin for a second year with this new scholarship aiding burgeoning musicians who are preparing to launch their music career.

The scholarship recipient will have their course fees paid in full .

Dermot’s debut album “Without Fear”, released in 2019, is the longest running #1 album in the Irish Chart by an Irish Artist since records began. It is currently certified 7 times platinum and globally, has picked up over 2 billion streams across digital platforms. Dermot is currently  on a world tour with incorporates a number of large Irish dates.

Commenting on the announcement, Dermot says: “I’m so, so excited to have this scholarship awarded in my name, in the same town where I fell in love with music, played my first show and found my way through a life in music. I’m particularly excited about choosing the recipient and hopefully helping them on their own musical journey and in creating their own story, so thank you once again.”

BIMM Institute Dublin College Principal, Alan Cullivan added “It’s fantastic to see an artist like Dermot who not only speaks up for other artists and musicians but is also doing something in a practical sense to help. We are delighted to collaborate with him as part of the college’s commitment to helping Irelands future artists achieve their ambitions”

Students on the one-year practical Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship receive expert guidance in their chosen field of Songwriting, Drums, Vocals or Guitar from highly skilled BIMM lecturers, all of whom have vast knowledge in the music industry and continue to be a part of it today. The course also provides upcoming musicians with performance opportunities, masterclasses, and individual tutorials.

Applicants must first apply for the Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship and will then be sent the scholarship application form. Any existing applicants will receive the scholarship application form via email.


Any questions?

For any questions regarding our available scholarships and bursaries or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute Dublin please contact our Admissions Team on +353 1 5133 666 or email [email protected].