We’ve been taking an active role in developing and championing our most talented former students – through initiatives like BIMM Connect – for a long time. Now we’re excited to announce the launch of a dedicated BIMM Artist Fund, which will benefit BIMM graduates who are gaining industry traction but need the financial support to enable them to progress further.
Being the UK and Europe’s leading provider of music education, we know financial matters shouldn’t stop anyone from realising their full potential. That’s why we’re offering grants and seed funding of up to £1,000 to assist former students in their development. Our aim is – as it’s always been – to make sure our best and brightest advance from a local to a national stage, as many past students have done (James Bay, George Ezra, Izzy Bizu, Tom Odell, etc.).
Similar to other successful schemes – such as PRS Momentum, Open Fund and the Music Export Growth Scheme – the BIMM Artist Fund will make a positive impact by giving our graduates the freedom, tools and financial independence they need to create. The fund can be used for anything from recording and mixing, to attending showcase events – this includes Brighton’s The Great Escape and the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, near the site of our latest BIMM college.
So, how can you apply and take advantage of this brilliant opportunity? The BIMM Artist Fund will be open for applications three times a year and you must be a graduate in order to apply. These applications will then be reviewed by our very own Group Head of Artist Development, Jake Shillingford and an external artist manager, and A&R consultant Julian Deane, who will award the funding if you’re successful.
It’s really that simple. To be considered, you need only show a clear plan of progression and demonstrate industry traction. This could be through a growing live fanbase, streaming music online, having listeners and social media followers, radio or press support, label management, publishing or agent interest. From there, the decision of how best to use the fund is yours.
Want to find out more about the BIMM Artist Fund? To apply, log in to BIMM Connect, head over to the ‘events section’ and complete the form relevant to the BIMM college you studied at. You’ll find further details, including application dates and full criteria, below.
The BIMM Artist Fund will be open for applications three times per year.
Round 1 Dates
Friday 19 March – Applications Open
Monday 2 April – Applications Close
Monday 16 April – Announce Awardees
Criteria for Applicants
You should apply if you need financial assistance in supporting:
Recording / Mixing / Mastering
Asset Creation / Videos / Photos / Website Design etc
PR Campaigns / Social Media Promotion
Showcasing (TGE, Reeperbahn, Midem etc.)
If successful you will be notified within 2 weeks of the application deadline so you can plan accordingly.