Applying to BIMM

Music Business or Event Management?

25th September 2018

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It happens every year. We get an application for our Event Management course. We invite the candidate for a chat. And in five minutes flat, we realise they’d be far better suited to our Music Business course (or vice-versa). So, this year, before you nail your colours to a course, read our quick-fire guide to BIMM’s Event Management and Music Business courses – and decide if you want to be an impresario or a tycoon…

Event Management

BIMM’s Event Management course is for anyone who wants to dive headlong into the live music sector. Armed with the skills and hands-on experience you’ll get at BIMM, there’s a thousand places you could take your skills – and our alumni have done them all. Maybe you’ll become the tour manager for an international rock band. Establish and run your own events agency or promotions company. Pick the lineups and handle the logistics behind the biggest festivals and best club nights. And don’t forget – once you graduate, there’s nothing to stop you using your transferable skills to build a specialism in sports, corporate or cultural events.

Whichever career path flicks your switch, your BIMM course will prepare you. In the classroom, you’ll be led by our industry-renowned tutors, guiding you through modules including Event Concept & Design, Live Sound Technology, Administration & Entrepreneurship, Event Logistics & Services, Financial Management & Funding, Events & The Environment and Digital Media. But you’ll spend just as much time in the field, rolling up your sleeves as you take on key roles at flagship festivals – and forging contacts at the biggest events and promotions firms.

Music Business

Business is a broad term – and that’s reflected by BIMM’s Music Business courses, which cover acres of ground during your time with us, priming you for any career avenue you choose to duck down. We’ve watched our graduates set up their own record labels, manage headliner bands, break into music publishing and excel at music law. But you could equally use your qualification to break into the media, digital marketing or merchandising – or blaze your own trail as a maverick entrepreneur, inventing the next music delivery platform and monetising the creative industries.

The world of music business is changing at lightning pace, but your BIMM course is designed to keep up, ensuring that you hit the ground running after graduation in the sector of your choice. You can expect your tutoring team to be industry experts with insider knowledge, and your curriculum to give you bulletproof all-round business chops, with modules that include Artist Development & Management, Marketing & Media, Music Publishing and Cultural Perspectives. Just don’t expect to spend your course with your nose in an Excel spreadsheet – with a focus on hands-on experience and internships, you’ll break into the UK’s most respected music companies, building practical skills and a bulging contacts book.

Want to learn more about our Event Management or Music Business courses? Click on a course subject to find out which one is right for you. 


Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written for music magazines including Classic Rock, Total Guitar, Guitarist, NME and Metal Hammer, and brands including V Festival, Download, Epiphone, Yamaha, Roland and Universal. His proudest career moment was meeting Jimmy Page - and his toughest assignment was interviewing Pharrell Williams."