BIMM Institute Dublin Scholarships

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 sixth 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 11th August at 4:00 pm.

At BIMM Institute Dublin, we’re excited to announce the sixth RTÉ 2FM Music and Audio Production Scholarship. It’s part of our commitment to continue supporting and shaping the Irish music scene through market-leading courses, unrivalled connections and innovative scholarships with some of the industry’s biggest brands.

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 4th 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 Engineers, Mixing and Mastering Engineers and Producers. There are also guest lecturers to cover specific topics, such as 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 Friday August 4th 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.

Want to come and join us at BIMM Institute Dublin? Enquire now and start your life in music or contact the team at [email protected].

BIMM Institute Dublin, home to Ireland’s most talented developing new artists, is proud to announce the third 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 third 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 .

The Scholarship will offer one lucky student a coveted place on our practical and vocational, part-time Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship course that’s perfect for musicians looking to further their abilities. It’s part of our continued commitment to support new Irish artists.

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:

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.

– Dermot Kennedy

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”

Dermot main press shot - Lola & Pani

Dermot Kennedy X BIMM Institute Dublin

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.

Why Choose Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship?

Our one-year practical Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship is the perfect choice if you’re looking to receive expert guidance from highly skilled BIMM tutors in your chosen field of Songwriting, Bass, Drums, Vocals, or Guitar. All our tutors have a vast knowledge of the music industry and continue to be a part of it today. The course also provides upcoming musicians with performance opportunities, exclusive Masterclasses, and individual tutorials.

Many of our BIMM Dublin graduates have achieved their dream careers in music. These include Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, Erica Cody, Jafaris, and Craig Fitzgerald (The Academic). Many graduates have become entrepreneurs, setting up businesses in the creative arts, while others are successful session musicians, concert promoters, record labels, and music publishers. Some graduates have built upon their studies at BIMM, pursuing postgraduate study in areas such as Music Therapy, Composition, and Popular Music Research at Masters level.

How to Apply for The Dermot Kennedy Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship

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.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist of suitable applicants, with Dermot deciding who the scholarship student will be. We will announce the winner in early September.

Applications for the Foundation Diploma in Professional Musicianship Scholarship are made directly to BIMM Institute Dublin by contacting [email protected] for further information.

Want to come and join us at BIMM Institute Dublin? Enquire now and start your life in music, or contact our friendly team at [email protected].


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].