My name is Paul Bennett and I’ve enrolled on BA(Hons) Event Management at BIMM Manchester.
How did the Midweek Music Club come about?
In spring 2017 I made one of those major life choices, and decided to quit a 20-year career in international engineering to follow my real life passion which has always been live music. I believed there was a market for good quality accessible live music midweek as many famous music venues are virtually empty Mon-Fri. I started off by just recommending cool midweek gigs run by other people and then once I joined BIMM, I decided that promoting my own gigs was something I might be good at. From there we’ve just completed our 25th gig in under a year!
Any highlights so far?
Goodness, we’ve been so lucky that there’s almost too many to mention but I’ll have go! Working with Izzie Walsh at the start of the year and selling out all 3 dates on the tour that we managed in Manchester, Edinburgh, and London was amazing. Getting a call from one of my teenage heroes Dunstan Bruce (former singer with Chumbawumba now with new band Interrobang) to put on the Manchester gig of their tour and selling out. Giving opportunities to young artists like Abigail Chetham and Subjects and seeing them flourish as a result. Being invited to host the BIMM live 2018 Acoustic stage this summer was a fantastic and just the sheer joy of working with talented artists and giving them a platform to share their music.
How has your degree helped you with running Midweek Music Club?
I guess as a mature student I knew right away I needed to seize every one of the dozens of opportunities available at BIMM right from the start, whereas when I went to university the first time around age 19, I guess I didn’t really make the most of what was there. By far the most valuable help has been the access to real industry professionals such as Dave Boardman, Damian Morgan, Mike Hosker, Mike Burgess and Eleanor Battle.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given…
Change what you can’t accept and vice versa.
The best thing about studying at BIMM?
The opportunities to meet and work with people I idolised as a younger man and the confidence they give me to push forward with Midweek Music Club. Access to the artist development team especially Natalie Eve-Williams and Damian Morgan and Mike Burgess is priceless.
Anything exciting we can expect from you guys?
We’ve got a very exciting international aspect to our gigs coming up soon with a top NYC act coming our way ,and our 2018 Midweek Music Club Awards do in December is looking very exciting with the best of 2018 lined up for performances and awards.
If anyone wanted to get involved, how can they get in touch?