DIT launches modern music degree with the UK’s leading rock school, BIMM


17th February 2011

Dublin Institute of Technology today announced an exciting partnership with BIMM (Brighton & Bristol Institute of Modern Music), the renowned UK rock school, to establish Ireland’s first 4 year BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music.

The course will begin in September 2011, allowing students the opportunity to study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing and music business studies in a new state of the art purpose built facility in Dublin City Centre.  Applications for the programme will be made through the CAO and details are available on the DIT website.

Speaking of DIT’s new partnership with BIMM Dublin, Brid Grant, Director & Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology, said, ‘Our partnership with BIMM Dublin is a fantastic opportunity to extend the offerings from the Conservatory of Music in DIT to provide a BA (Hons) Degree in Commercial Modern Music for the first time in Ireland.  With courses already available in classical, jazz and other areas of music, it is an opportune time to introduce third-level education to support and build on the renown that Ireland holds in the international modern music industry.  We at DIT look forward to collaborating with BIMM in providing third level education courses for musicians and music industry entrepreneurs and wish them every success in developing their Institute of Modern Music in Dublin”.

BIMM is a very successful UK rock college, “run by musicians for musicians”, and the degree programme in Dublin will be delivered by tutors who are active professional musicians.  Some of the Irish music industry figures who will be offering tutorials on the programme in Dublin will include Cathy Davey, Ollie Cole, Steve Wall, Graham Hopkins, Colm Quearney, Dave Hingerty and Dan O’Connor.

The course in modern music will teach students the tools to gain a career in a range of roles within the music industry both here and abroad, including artist management, live music production, performance and publishing.

BIMM was established in 2001 in Brighton by Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson who all have backgrounds in the music industry, having sold 6 million records between them.  Since then BIMM has grown to become one of the most recognised and established modern music colleges in the UK with colleges in Brighton, Bristol and London.   BIMM UK has produced some of music’s most recognisable names such as The Kooks, Beth Rowley, members of The Ordinary Boys and Kate Walsh.  BIMM graduates have scored an unprecedented thirty UK top 40 singles and have been involved in successful UK Top 20 albums with many more working throughout the music industry within artist management, record labels, publishing and live music production.

Commenting on the establishment of BIMM Dublin, Kevin Nixon, BIMM Group President said, “There is a lot of snobbery in music.  Classical, jazz, opera, etc, have this right of legitimacy that needs to be extended to all music young and old.  Our partners at DIT recognise this and so together we hope to bring a new, open and long term attitude to the music of today’s young Ireland.  BIMM Dublin is for young people who care deeply and who are committed to a career in music, and we are very excited about the talent that it will undoubtedly attract”.



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