BIMM Institute Manchester have announced an exciting partnership with Spotify which includes fully funded degree scholarships, aiming to accelerate diversity in music education and the creative industries.

BIMM Institute are Europe’s leading and largest music education provider and over the years the BIMM Manchester campus has been home to some talented alumni: including NME Award-winners Pale Waves, rising stars Phoebe Green and Abbie Ozard, alt-rock trio The Hara, drummer Emanuel J Burton and underground synth-pop band Working Men’s Club. This partnership will offer more opportunities to new and current students, which will help so many on their journeys within the music industry.

The BIMM Institute x Spotify Educational Partnership will offer – for the first time – a groupwide package across all eight of their colleges, including fully funded degree scholarships, masterclass events, mentoring opportunities with Spotify executives and educational resources created by Spotify, shared directly with students as part of their studies.

The partnership includes Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships, available for the 2022/23 academic year, exclusively for applicants from underrepresented groups identified in the BIMM Institute Access & Participation Plan. This includes Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, disabled students, care leavers and mature age students or those with a background of low participation in Higher Education, with a household income of below £25,000. Applicants for the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships need to first apply for a BIMM course in the standard way by applying here – the first UCAS deadline is 26 Jan.

Nick Donovan, BIMM Institute Manchester College Principal, says: “BIMM Manchester is extremely pleased to be collaborating on this new set of scholarships with Spotify. Spotify is a long-standing vanguard within music streaming and has a platform with huge relevance for everything we do at BIMM Manchester, including the way our students listen, release and promote their music. The Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships will enable more students to hone their skills and showcase their talents, becoming a part of Manchester’s vibrant music scene.”

Bryan Johnson, Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships, International at Spotify, says:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with an educational institute as well respected and successful as BIMM. The exceptional work they do for the music industry is unparalleled, and we at Spotify hope that the BIMM x Spotify Educational Partnership can continue to upskill people and open doors to a career in creative industries.


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