Why I Chose BIMM

Why I Chose BIMM – Jazz Cooper

20th July 2017

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Introduce yourself…

I’m Jazz Cooper, a Music Industry Management graduate, I’m originally from Hereford but I’m now based and work in and around Bristol and the Midlands.
I graduated this year from BIMM Bristol with a degree in Music Industry Management, I now work with various production companies and festivals around the UK specialising in artist hospitality, general festival administration and ticketing management.
I began working within smaller festivals such as Nozstock and, with the help of BIMM, have gradually worked my way into supervisor roles at larger festivals, the most recent being Reading.
My passion for music mainly lies within administration however – there’s nothing like the adrenaline and buzz from a successful live show that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into organising.

How did you get started?

I stumbled into the music industry a few years ago, it all started when I wanted to attend my first festival with my friends however I lacked the funds to afford a ticket. I applied to become part of the Nozstock team, and with previous experience in money handling and customer service I was thrown in at the deep end and given a role within the ticketing department. I thrived off the fast pace and quick thinking required in this role and fell in love with the music industry.
I returned each year to Nozstock, taking on more responsibility as I went. However, I was completely unaware of the network and vast festival jobs available across the UK.
BIMM developed my network through extensive festival and live events opportunities. Although these opportunities were volunteer roles, with a strong work ethic and passion in the field it wasn’t long before I was able to earn a living from working in the festival industry. As my confidence grew along with my industry networking, I began to build a strong working network and now I’m involved in as many festivals roles as I can fit in!

Why did you choose BIMM Bristol?

If I’m honest, I had never heard of BIMM. When I came back from my second year of working at Nozstock, I wanted to further my industry and music knowledge but didn’t quite know how to. A colleague I was working with at the time (as I was taking a year out of education) had received a place on the MIM course and suggested maybe that’s the direction I should go in too. I was working in Asda and felt like I could achieve so much more than stacking shelves so I applied to BIMM Bristol – not only because it had been recommended but because of its vibrant music scene and because it was reasonably close to my hometown. Although I continued to work at Asda in Bristol throughout my degree, it was a constant reminder of why I moved to Bristol and that attending a university like BIMM would further my career.

What has been your highlight at BIMM so far?

Without a doubt, the careers department and the opportunities they have given me throughout my degree. The incredible work the careers department do has allowed me to work at countless festivals and events across the country and has developed my career in a way that I’m sure I couldn’t have done on my own. I was incredibly quiet at BIMM and struggled sometimes to interact with people on my course however the opportunities and roles I’ve undertaken while at BIMM have developed my confidence in ways I didn’t know were possible.

What advice would you give to future students on your course?

VOLUNTEER!! I can’t express enough how important volunteering is while doing a management degree. While the information that BIMM provides within lectures and classes is really informative, there is no better way to learn a trade than to work in it. Volunteering won’t only give you insight into what the role really requires but you’ll make so many connections, colleagues and friendships within the field that are incredibly valuable in the development of your career. There’s a lot of competition in the music industry and the best way to showcase yourself and your abilities is to work in the field you’re interested in. I can’t say it enough, volunteer!

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.