Why study Songwriting in Manchester?

Student Experience

Thinking about studying Songwriting? Why not study in a city with a legendary history, incredible live music venues and an exciting future.

Since opening in 2013, we’ve been guiding songwriters through the start of their careers. So, if you’re a songwriter with a creative flare for composition and lyric writing, this is the perfect place to turn your passion for music into a career.


Our two buildings put you right in the centre of Manchester’s musical heartland.
Our first building, Great Marlborough Street’s interior was designed by the Ben Kelly. Kelly is best-known as the interior designer for The Hacienda, the iconic venue that inspired Manchester’s music revolution in the 80s and 90s.

At our second site, the heavy and imposing appearance gives away its previous use as a bullion bank vault by the Bank of England. However, Bank Chambers’ corridors now chime with music and is also home to our fully-equipped studio.

See our facilities here.


At BIMM, you’ll be taught by the experts. Our tutors are qualified, knowledgeable and motivated to help you become the best songwriter you can be. They also come with years of experience and their own impressive music portfolios. So, you know you’re in good hands!

Meet our tutors here.

What our Students Say

“I was originally on the Professional Musicianship course for Guitar but decided to change to Songwriting as I believe the course allowed me more creative control and time to work on what I want to achieve. The course also allows me to collaborate with other musicians when writing, to draw influence from sources I otherwise maybe wouldn’t and still allows me to play live. I get to work with the house band and with fellow classmates in practical songwriting sessions that allow me to work on instrumentation, dynamics, and timbres that I may not be able to outside of the course. It really is an opportunity for minds to come together in music. BIMM has facilitated my meeting some fantastic musicians who I plan to work with for the long-term future. I’ve never met so many like-minded people in one place!” – Jake Cox

Read Jake’s Who What Why here.

In the Classroom

In our Live Performing Workshops, you’ll spend time on stage tightening your songcraft, finding your identity as a performer and discovering what makes an audience tick. In your classes, you’ll focus on your technique and processes, music theory and look at the history of music to help find your niche as a songwriter.

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From a vibrant and well-documented history to a modern scene that sees a city with more bands than ever, Manchester’s music story feels like it’s gaining pace.

Discover more about #LifeAtBIMM in Manchester here.

POSTED ON: August 7, 2019
  • Manchester, Songwriting