BIMM is dedicated to helping musicians and songwriters develop their skills, talents and self confidence, while gaining a nationally recognised Further or Higher Education qualification. Every academic year, we’re able to offer a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to talented and dedicated applicants and students who are in financial hardship.

These are suitable for candidates on any level of course, however, ideally for those courses incurring fees.


New for 2018 – 20/20 Scholarships : Unlock Your Potential

We’re delighted to be launching 100 new Scholarships for early applicants looking to start on the first year of a degree course in 2018/19. There will be 20 scholarships available at each of our UK-based colleges, offering a discount of 20% off tuition fees for three years (total value of £4,470) to those who are awarded them. All BIMM courses will qualify.

In order to be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a UK or EU national
  • Complete your UCAS application to study a Higher Education course at a UK-based BIMM college by Monday 15th January 2018
  • Have a household income below £48,000 per annum
  • Write a 750 word personal statement answering the question ‘How will this scholarship help you achieve your career goals in the music industry?’
  • Submit application to BIMM along with your application form by Saturday 31st March 2018


We acknowledge that there are several steps involved in the application process of this scholarship, so if you have any queries about your submission, please contact us by phone or at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to assist.

Applying for a BIMM Scholarship or Bursary

All BIMM Scholarship and Bursary applicants are required to complete and submit an application form accompanied by supporting evidence which outlines your current financial situation.

Two application forms are available depending on whether you are a Dependent or Independent applicant.

Dependent applicants: Those who are under 25 on the 31st August 2018 and currently live with their parents or guardians.

Independent applicants: Those who will be over 25 on the 31st August 2018 or who have been financially independent and living away from home for at least 24 months.

BIMM Bursary

We’re pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity to apply for a BIMM Bursary. It’s specifically for gifted and committed applicants who are struggling financially, and in order to be eligible, your household income must be below £25,000 per annum.

The BIMM Bursary will be for £1,500 for one year only and is awarded to six students at each BIMM college within the UK. If your application is successful, you’ll receive the money in three instalments at the beginning of each term.

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:

  • Be a UK or EU national
  • Be in financial hardship
  • Have good studentship (current students only)

There are a few steps involved in the application process and we’re happy to assist with any queries you may have along the way to ensure your form is completed easily and thoroughly.

Applications will open in April 2018


(Available to current Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and London students only)

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity established in 1997 to celebrate the Centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples’ access to music education in the UK. Its patrons include Sir Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono and Diana Ross. Naturally, it’s a huge honour for BIMM to be chosen to receive bursary funding as part of an elite band of music education centres, which also includes The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Academy of Music.

In 2015, EMI Music Sound Foundation offered an annual bursary of £10,000, this was made available to current BIMM students across BIMM colleges in the UK. The bursary amount will be split between 8-10 students who will be continuing their studies at BIMM in 2018/19.

The bursary can be put towards your course fees, or you can receive the money directly to help with your living costs while studying (the funds will be paid by the end of your first term of study).

If you’d like further information regarding the bursary, please visit:

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:
• Be a current BIMM student
• Be aged between 19 and 24 on the 31st August 2018
• Be a UK national
• Be in financial hardship
• Have good studentship

It’s important that your application form for this bursary is completed thoroughly, so if you require assistance with your submission, please feel free to get in touch.

Applications will open in April 2018


The Andrea Marongiu Bursary is for talented and dedicated drummers starting their first year of the BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship degree, who are in financial hardship. The bursary will award £1,000 for each year of study at BIMM, for three years (totalling £3,000), for two students in total from BIMM Brighton, BIMM London and BIMM Bristol (£6,000 total).

This bursary is presented in memory of Andrea Marongiu – the enormously gifted session drummer of British electronic/folk band Crystal Fighters who tragically passed away suddenly in 2014. Andrea was one of the most talented multi-disciplinary drummers at work in modern music. An incredibly versatile musician, he was one of the most highly sought-after session drummers in the industry.

Andrea’s wife, Louise Marongiu, set up a fundraising site in his memory in order to raise money which could be used to help young musicians, and BIMM is hugely honoured that Louise has kindly donated the funds to form three drumming bursaries for 2018/19 entrants. This award will build on Andrea’s legacy as a brilliant and creative drummer and is an enormously generous gift to enable the growth of a new generation of drummers.

In order to be considered, you must:

• Be a UK or EU national.
• Have a household income below £25,000 per annum.
• Have good studentship (if a current student) or a good academic reference.
• Hold an Unconditional/Firm place on a Drum degree at BIMM Brighton, Bristol or London (BA (Hons)/BMus).

If your application is successful, you’ll receive the monies at the beginning of each school year.

Applications will open in April 2018

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