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BIMM University Expands Its Future Talent Programme

Teams Up with IDLES to Launch New Scholarship


BIMM University proudly announces its collaboration with the acclaimed band IDLES to introduce the IDLES – Future Talent Scholarship. This groundbreaking initiative is part of the university’s commitment to inclusivity and aims to support aspiring musicians from diverse backgrounds in pursuing their dreams.

Formed in Bristol in 2009, the GRAMMY-nominated and multi-award-winning band have released five albums, each receiving critical acclaim. With their electrifying performances and thought-provoking music, IDLES are hugely influential on the global stage. Comprising Adam Devonshire, Joe Talbot, Mark Bowen, Lee Kiernan, and Jon Beavis, the band has reached new heights with their recent chart-topping album, TANGK.

It's noteworthy that IDLES' own Jon Beavis, the band's drummer, attended BIMM University. Additionally, Lee Kiernan, one of IDLES' guitarists, has contributed to the BIMM community as a lecturer, sharing his expertise and experience with aspiring musicians.

Starting in September 2024, the IDLES – Future Talent Scholarship will cover full three-year tuition fees for a deserving student with a demonstrated passion for music and a commitment to the creative arts. This scholarship is specifically tailored for individuals from low-income households or underrepresented groups, providing them with the opportunity to thrive in higher education.

Jon Beavis, IDLES said: “We're thrilled to be a part of this scholarship. Music has given us so much, and being able to help someone pursue their passion in music is incredibly rewarding. A degree can open the doors to creativity and self-expression and can be the start of a lifetime in music. We hope this scholarship allows someone to truly focus on honing their craft. Investing in the next generation of artists is important.” 

Designed to nurture emerging talent, the scholarship will be available across all music courses at BIMM Music Institute Bristol. Recipients will benefit from mentorship, resources, and a supportive community as they pursue their aspirations in the music industry.

David Rowe, Pro Vice Chancellor for Music, BIMM University added: “BIMM are honoured to partner with Idles, artists that speak to and for Bristol's social conscience.  Our scholarship aims to foster creativity and promote access for underrepresented groups. In so doing it will transform one talented student's chances to build a career in music.”

In addition to the IDLES – Future Talent Scholarship, BIMM University offers a significant range of scholarships and bursaries to support students on their educational journey, which sit alongside music scholarships already available in collaboration with renowned DJ, producer and musician Norman Cook [AKA Fatboy Slim] and the iconic British artist, Joan Armatrading.


Deadline for student applications is July 28, 2024

Scholarships and bursaries - BIMM Music Institute

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