Birmingham: a city that’s bursting with culture and creativity – and home to our BIMM Birmingham college. There’s the creative quarter Digbeth (where our college is located), tons of fantastic museums and galleries and a thriving independent music and arts scene.
But it’s also a place that’s perfect for choosing to study Music Business. Just take a look at some of our reasons why.
1) Birmingham’s thriving music scene
As a Music Business student, Birmingham’s best gigs, venues and musicians will be right on your doorstep to help expand your understanding of what the music business is all about.
Venues like The Sunflower Lounge, the O2 Institute Birmingham and The Flapper are just some of the places where you can find the best music – whether it’s up-and-coming artists or today’s most established touring acts.
For a more exclusive look at a music culture that’s unique to the UK, check out Danny de Reybekill’s five Staples of the Birmingham music scene.
And it’s also home to a range of current music businesses, such as Birmingham Promoters, Leftfoot, This is Tmrw, Capsule and Surprise You’re Dead, all of which promote both international and local shows to suit all tastes.
“If you’re a Music Business student, you’ll have access to the best emerging musical talent the city has to offer.
Being a BIMM student means you’ll be part of that community, making vital connections which you’ll hopefully keep for the rest of your life and career.”
– Antony Greaves, College Principal.
2) Birmingham’s musical heritage
Where better to study music business than the place where some of the industry’s finest were established? “Birmingham is famous for being the birthplace of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath’, says Richard Franks, Editor of Counteract Magazine (an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands).
“It could also be said that the likes of Led Zeppelin learnt their trade in Birmingham and the West Midlands areas, with band members originating from these parts”. Other notable acts include Electric Light Orchestra, Duran Duran, Swim Deep, UB40 and Laura Mvula.
And, it’s not just individual artists that have branched out from here. Genres such as heavy metal and Bhangra have also evolved and emerged from Birmingham’s streets. This is a city that’s creative, constantly progressing and always forming new trends. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?
3) Our Birmingham Tutors
At BIMM Birmingham, our tutors have lived and breathed music business. Just check out our Music Business Tutor Erik Nielson, whose Wingnut Music has the likes of Elton John’s Rocket Music, Bryan Ferry, The Hoosiers and leading digital analysts Music Ally on their books.
We also have visiting faculty members, like worldwide promoter and DJ booking agent Stuart Vallans. Stuart regularly takes time out from developing strategies for artists like Enter Shikari and Everything Everything to pass on his knowledge to our students.
4) BIMM Birmingham Masterclasses
Through studying Music Business at BIMM, you’ll get to be in the presence of some of the most prominent names in the music business, such as Korda Marshall, Exec Vice President of BMG, and Jamie Nelson, Director of A&R at BMG. Our very first BIMM Birmingham Masterclass also featured none other than local boy Tony Iommi – the lead guitarist and founding member of the legendary Black Sabbath.
Check out some of the other Masterclasses we’ve had at BIMM Birmingham here.
Ready to start your career in Music Business? There’s still time to get your feet through our doors and out into the music industry.