Hundreds of wannabe musicians headed to Bristol Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) today to see what the ground-breaking college has to offer. The open day coincided with the announcement of a brand new degree in music management.
The BA(Hons) in Commercial Music Management, which is subject to validation by Bath Spa University for September 2012, entry is designed to help people break into the highly competitive industry in a management role. The degree course, which will run from BIMM’s Bristol campus near Stokes Croft, aims to provide a 360-degree overview and detailed understanding of all aspects of the international music industry.
Covering the varied career paths available in the music business today, students will learn through a mix of classroom theory and practical, hands on experience gained through placements within the industry. The Commercial Music Management degree will be delivered by tutors who have and continue to work at the highest levels of today’s industry – ensuring the qualification is unique, relevant and cutting edge.
Cliff Jones, BIMM Bristol’s Head of Music Business, has had a successful career as a songwriter, record producer, music journalist and A & R consultant. He said: “The BIMM Commercial Music Management degree is dynamic, fast paced and uniquely tailored to ensure motivated entrepreneurs gain the skills, business acumen and all-important contacts they need to succeed in today’s music industry. Whether it’s understanding new digital marketing models, the changing face of music business law, artist management, the live sector and emerging revenue streams or ways to develop ‘buzz’, negotiate with labels and publishers, press, promotion or accounting, this course brings all the essential knowledge and skills together in a comprehensive, market focused BA qualification.”
Miles Leonard, Vice President Parlophone and Virgin Records, added: “The BIMM Commercial Music Management Course provides an in depth insight and valuable hands on experience into all facets of our fast moving industry, from A & R and live event management through to finance and emerging business models. It’s a really solid grounding for anyone looking to work in the music business. If I was starting out, it’s where I would be. ”
Entry requirements for the BA in Commercial Music Management: 2 A’ Levels at grade C or above, 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, including English. A successful interview will need to showcase previous experience in and enthusiasm for the field of study. To apply for the BA contact Anthony Giles, Head of Recruitment on 08442 646 666.