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BIMM and Spotify partner on scholarships programme

By | Published on Friday 1 October 2021


The BIMM Institute network of music colleges has announced a new partnership with Spotify which includes the creation of a scholarships programme that aims to support underrepresented groups within music education, covering the tuition fees of eight students.

BIMM explains that: “The Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships will be 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”.

A scholarship will be offered at each of the BIMM colleges, meaning the opportunity is available in Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Hamburg and Berlin.

BIMM adds: “There will be eight scholarships in total, which will provide the cost of full tuition fees during the length of study, and all scholarship students will receive the support of dedicated careers teams in each college, an in house job matching service ‘talent match’ in their final year and access to BIMM’s fair access fund. Each scholarship student will also be given scheduled access to Spotify executives for mentoring sessions”.

In addition to the scholarships programme, BIMM and Spotify will also collaborate on staging masterclasses and creating educational resources to benefit everyone studying across the Institute’s various colleges.

Announcing the partnership, BIMM’s Group Head Of Employability, Mel Thornton, says: “The creative industry teams at BIMM enjoy a long-standing relationship with Spotify which is why we’re so happy to announce an educational partnership that reflects our shared values”.

“The scholarships on offer across the UK and Europe will support and encourage a diverse pipeline of artists, writers and business talent into the music industry”, she goes on, “and we can’t wait to welcome the Spotify scholarship students into our creative community and seeing what they achieve”.

Meanwhile, Spotify’s Head Of Artist & Industry Partnerships, Bryan Johnson, adds: “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 young people and open doors to a career in creative industries”.

“We are especially proud to be a part of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships programme”, he continues, “ensuring that students in BIMM colleges across the UK, Ireland and Germany have access to this educational opportunity, and I am personally delighted to be hosting mentoring sessions for those involved. Our culture at Spotify is founded on diversity and belonging, and we hope that this partnership can continue to ensure that a broad spectrum of minds shape the future of our industry”.