Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education has joined up with the Heavy Music Awards.

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, known internationally as BIMM, has signed up as ‘Education Partner’ of the Awards.

Students of the school will be offered the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes at the Heavy Music Awards which takes place on August 24 in London.

BIMM offers courses in music performance, song writing, production, business and journalism and has strong ties with the heavy music scene.

It 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.

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.”

Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison and Careers at BIMM said: “Partnering with the Heavy Music Awards is testament to BIMM’s rounded attitude to genre, offering students from a multitude of musical backgrounds and preferences, a place to hone their craft. Standing shoulder to shoulder with these publicly-voted awards, dedicated to all things HEAVY, couldn’t exemplify this more!”

Andy Pritchard, from the HMAs, waxed lyrical about the new connection between BIMM and the Awards.

“This is beginning of a great new partnership between two organisations who share ethics,” he revealed.

“An important part of the Awards’ ethos is to support upcoming artists, bands, producers and songwriters in the heavy music scene and this chimes perfectly with BIMM’s rich history of nurturing great talent.”

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.