The Student Sessions were held at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on Friday 9th May as part of The Great Escape Festival and in association with BIMM.
The Sessions offer an afternoon of learning and networking based around developing a career in music and the creative industries.
The afternoon kicked off at 3pm with a panel of BIMM students questioning a team of industry executives. Guests will include Andrea de Leon (RockCorps /The Young Guns Network), Glenn Cooper (Director of Digital, Island Records), Mike Ajayi (A&R Manager, Infectious Music), Simon Drake (Naim Label/BPI Young Executive Board) and Goc O’Callaghan (Director of ArcTanGent festival). We are delighted that the panel will be hosted by Andy Ellis, PRS for Music’s Education and Outreach Manager, and there will be talks from the BPI and Association of Independent Music (AIM).
Also taking place at the Sessions were presentations on The Big Music Project by Lynne McDowell, Head of Public Relations at BPI, who explained more about this Lottery-funded scheme helping 14-24 year olds to get their foot in the door of the music industry.Claire McNeil, Education and Training Co-ordinator at The Association of Independent Music (AIM) will also be discussing AIM’s Startup scheme, which offers support, business advice and low-interest loans to creative entrepreneurs.
The Sessions finished with our headline event – a question and answer discussion between Tony Wadsworth (Chairman of the BPI) and the legendary co-founder of Sire Records and Vice President of Warner Bros. Records, Seymour Stein. Seymour is the man behind some of the most influential acts in the history of modern music, including Madonna, Depeche Mode, The Pretenders, The Ramones and Fleetwood Mac, so this chat is likely to be a festival highlight!
The Sessions are an excellent networking opportunity followed by drinks at the Heineken Green Room located in the brand new TGE Festival Hub at the Old Steine Gardens with BIMM students and alumni performing throughout the evening.