Generation Brighton: Inside the Music Industry

25th Apr '20

This event has been cancelled.

In the interest of health and safety due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), BIMM Institute has taken the decision to close our UK colleges (BIMM Brighton, BIMM Bristol, BIMM Birmingham, BIMM London and BIMM Manchester) and offices to students, staff and visitors.

Unfortunately, this means cancelling upcoming events until further notice, but we are planning to reschedule for a later date. We are also looking into ways to ensure our applicants and prospective students still feel part of our BIMM community. If you have any questions, you can contact our Admissions Team 08442 646 666, email admissions@bimm.ac.uk or talk on Live Chat.


If you dream of working in the music industry, promoting artists, building social campaigns or creating world-conquering live events then join us for Generation Brighton: Inside the Music Industry on Saturday 25th April at BIMM Institute Brighton.

Hosted by Dr Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike, our exclusive event will feature an intimate in-conversation with Bernard Butler of SuedeJeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything and Lucy Evers of Orchards.

Get an exciting insight into the lives of our industry panel Jodie Banaszkiewicz (Stay Golden PR), Roisin O’Connor (Music Correspondent, The Independent) and Luisa-Christie Walton-Stoev (Atlantic Records) and find out how our Music Business, Event Management and brand-new Music Marketing, Media and Communication (MMMC) courses could help you step into the industry.

You’ll meet current student ambassadors studying BA (Hons) Music BusinessBA (Hons) Event Management and BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication courses. You will also get information on how you could combine your passions and apply for a Joint Honours course.

Part 1

The day will start at 11:30am with a music industry panel featuring Jodie Banaszkiewicz (Stay Golden PR), Roisin O’Connor (The Independent) and Luisa Walton Stoev (Atlantic Records.) We’ll follow the panel with an introduction to our BA (Hons) Music BusinessBA (Hons) Event Management and BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication courses. You’ll then have the chance to grab some refreshments and mingle with our student ambassadors.

Part 2

Our event will finish off with an in-conversation with producer extraordinaire Bernard Butler, one of the founding members of Britpop icons Suede, Mercury Prize Ivor Novello nominated Jeremy Pritchard Everything Everything, and Lucy Evers from Alt Pop vanguards Orchards. Chat with the artists after the panel about their experiences and careers as music industry professionals.

Course lecturers, Student Support, Admissions and Finance teams will also be on hand to answer any questions, give you a tour of our college and ensure you’re fully informed.

Meet Your Panellists

Bernard Butler
Bernard Butler (born 1 May 1970, Stamford Hill, North London) is an English musician and record producer. He has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists.

In 1989, he forged a songwriting partnership with Brett Anderson forming the group Suede co-writing and playing guitars on every recording until 1994. Taking 3 1/2 years to emerge the group appeared fully formed with 1992’s classic debut “The Drowners”, followed by hits “Metal Mickey”, the top 10 “Animal Nitrate” and the number 2 epic “Stay Together”. The Mercury Prize winning debut “Suede” became the fastest selling record chart topper in years.

He has worked extensively as a producer, making records for The Libertines, Tricky, Black Kids, Kate Nash, Nerina Pallot, Teleman, Findlay Brown, Daley, The Cribs, James Morrison, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Texas and Paloma Faith. Butler won the Producer’s Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards,Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Managers Forum Awards, and was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Music Week Awards .

In 2018, Bernard Butler became resident Songwriting Tutor at BIMM London developing students weekly through their BA in Songwriting.

Josie Banaszkiewicz
Jodie Banaszkiewicz is a professional music publicist with over 15 years’ experience in PR and Promotions, having worked in-house at some of the UK’s biggest independent record labels, Beggars Group and Domino, with artists including Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, The White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand. She now manages her own thriving PR business, Stay Golden PR, creating bespoke campaigns for a diverse range of award-winning international artists and events and currently works with Mac DeMarco, SOPHIE, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Phoebe Bridgers, DIIV, Anna Calvi, The Doc’n Roll Film Festival and more.

Lucy Evers 
Lucy Evers has been a musical theatre performer since 2005 appearing in shows such as; West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Seussical and Chicago. Evers is now Vocalist and Songwriter for Brighton based indie band Orchards. Since joining the band in 2016, she has performed all over the globe, including the USA where the group’s shows at SXSW in Austin garnered them critical acclaim in the press. In 2017, Orchards signed to independent record label Big Scary Monsters and highly acclaimed booking agents ITB, and they are currently gearing up for the release of their debut album in March. Lucy has performed at festivals throughout the UK — 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent, Y?Not, Truck, The Great Escape — and has received support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Janice Long on BBC Radio.

Roisin O’Connor
Roisin O’Connor is a critic, journalist and writer who has served as The Independent’s music correspondent for the past three years. She covers new and live music across all genres, reviews albums, covers industry news, and has profiled a number of the world’s biggest artists, from Slipknot to Taylor Swift. She regularly appears on TV, radio and on industry panels at global events.

Jeremy Pritchard
Jeremy is the bass player for the Manchester-based indie group Everything Everything. The band have released four critically acclaimed albums and have twice been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize.

Luisa-Christie Walton-Stoev
Luisa-Christie Walton-Stoev works at Atlantic Records UK as the Influencer Marketing Lead. She manages outreach and collaborations, to maximise artist campaign success with content creators across a range of social platforms. The role was the first of its kind for Warner Music UK when it was created by Luisa and her line manager in 2018, after Atlantic UK saw a need for someone with knowledge of the influencer world – who knew the industry inside and out.

Luisa is also a content creator outside of her full-time role, covering many aspects within the lifestyle niche, including (but not limited to): festivals & live music, travel, self love/body positivity & inclusive fashion, vegan food/products, and cruelty-free cosmetics. As an influencer, she has worked with a range of brands and festivals including: Kraken Rum, Old Mout Cider, Hello Kitty, Primark, Debenhams, Bestival and Download.

Dr. Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike
Your host for the day, Dr. Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike is a media and music academic and author, specialising in fan culture, the cult of dead celebrity, music and music heritage. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, using her experience as a former American music industry and Silicon Valley executive to explore a range of societal issues and behaviours.

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