The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, has returned to the HMAs for a second year as Education Partner.

The partnership has been expanded for 2018, with four BIMM students being given the chance to fully immerse themselves in the awards programme – from event production through to front of house sound engineering.

Leo Nicholas, Head of Careers & Industry, BIMM London said, “Having been the Education Partner for the inaugural HMAs in 2017, we wanted to continue our support for the scheme and give our students the opportunity to be even more involved in this year’s events.

“BIMM has played host to some of the biggest and brightest in rock and metal including Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine), Josh Homme (QOTSA), Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Andrew W.K., Lower Than Atlantis, Halestorm & Arcane Roots.”

50 Years’ Experience

BIMM has colleges in seven cities – London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham – and boasts more than 50 years’ experience in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry, while also getting the chance to enjoy direct access to regular collaborative experiences, including masterclasses hosted by internationally renowned guest artists, end-of-term gigs, A&R panels, the annual BIMM album, and ongoing engagement with the industry, including work placements and internships.

Their high standard of educational provision has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency – the independent body entrusted with monitoring standards in Higher Education – in their Higher Education Review (HER).

Former students of BIMM include members of Architects, Periphery, The Xcerts and As Lions.

Speaking about the organisation, Roger Daltrey of The Who, remarked “Every facet is taken care of, you’ll always be able to survive in this business if you’ve been through a course like this.”



“BIMM fits perfectly with the HMA ethos”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “The Heavy Music Awards exists to celebrate those who are working hard to build a more positive community around heavy music. Continuing the partnership with BIMM fits perfectly with that ethos and we are delighted that we can offer even more value to the students, who will pick up some invaluable experience through their involvement with the HMAs.”

The HMAs will be working with four students from different BIMM courses – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production – and following their journey through to the second Heavy Music Awards at London’s KOKO on 23 August.

Lower Than Atlantis at BIMM


BIMM offers a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates.

Their professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, live sound, music business, music journalism and event management.

The first BIMM college opened in 2001 in Brighton and today more than 6,500 students have access to a range of amazing opportunities as part of their aligned network of colleges.

Between them, BIMM alumni boast BRIT, MOBO and Ivor Novello awards, and have scored countless UK Top 10 albums and more than 30 UK Top 40 singles.

You can find out more about BIMM here.