Working with BIMM Manchester has been an exciting experience for us.

With Ask Me PR‘s advice, connections and consultation, the college are quickly and intelligently embedding themselves into Manchester life – no mean feat at all.

When BIMM wanted a contemporary interior design for the communal areas of their new £3.5M college building, we introduced Ben Kelly of BKD to BIMM Manchester.

Ben is held in huge esteem for his groundbreaking designs of the Haçienda and Dry 201 interiors in Manchester – and he went on to design a typically inventive and empathetic interior for BIMM Manchester’s new home.

BIMM are thrilled with the results – and their students will be enjoying the fruits of this exciting collaboration when the college opens in October!

We caught up with Ben after BIMM officially revealed his designs at a special launch evening:

BPI Chair To Speak At Open Day; BIMM Impresses Minister Of State For Universities With Student Employment Record


Tony Wadsworth CBE has a long and enviable career in the upper echelons of the music business – he was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008, and is currently Chairman of the BPI, is on the board of The Brits Trust, and is now also Director to the Board of BIMM.

He has seen it and done it all in the music business, giving Mancunians a unique chance to come along and hear him speak about his experiences at BIMM Manchester’s Open Day on Saturday 27th July.

Rt HON DAVID WILLETTS, MP Minister of State for Universities and Science cites BIMM’s huge success in the Telegraph

Further confirmation that BIMM is the right choice for your musical ambitions the Rt Hon David Willetts MP mentioned BIMM in The Telegraph today (Wed 24th July), in an education article that references BIMM’s remarkable student employment record: a whopping 79% of BIMM’s students go on to work in the music industry.

“[These institutions] can pull in students who might not be attracted to a more traditional institution. BIMM music colleges in Brighton, Bristol and London, for example, can reach out to young people who may not have been enchanted by school, but are passionate about playing the guitar. And an impressive 79 per cent of their graduates go on to work in the music industry.”

Full piece here. 



The BIMM group prides itself on making sure its students learn from the very best real-world, been-there-done-that musicians… and how do you fancy honing your drumming with advice from not one, but two of the UK’s greatest and most experienced drummers?

Both Mike Joyce of The Smiths and Richard Jupp of Elbow have joined BIMM Manchester’s Drums department, where they will be helping students to become the very best they can be.


BIMM Manchester are pleased to reveal that they have commissioned Ben Kelly Design (BKD) to design the interior of BIMM Manchester’s brand new £3.5M city centre premises on Gt. Marlborough Street.

BKD is synonymous with both thrilling and cutting edge interior design, as well as Manchester itself: Ben famously designed the interiors of Factory Records HQ, The Haçienda and Dry 201 in the city centre.


The Haçienda

With the design of these latter iconic locations, BKD forever changed the public’s perception of what both nightclubs and bars could be – and BIMM is truly excited to see what Ben Kelly Designs can bring to BIMM Manchester’s new home.

The environment BKD creates will play a big part in inspiring both students, staff and guests to reach their full potential.

BIMM Manchester Principal Vaseema Hamilton:

“BIMM Manchester is located in the heart of the city at No.8 Great Marlborough Street, a classic red brick / green glass mill-style building which holds a powerful sense of history and narrative around Manchester’s entrepreneurial and industrial past. BIMM is at the lead in to Manchester’s prestigious Knowledge Quarter and within 10 minutes walk of numerous contemporary music venues. We believe it will be the perfectly placed hub for Manchester’s future music and creative talent. BKDs contribution will be to help us reference and acknowledge the city’s music heritage whilst presenting an environment which is aspirational and reaches to the future.”


Ben Kelly adds:

“BKD are really pleased to be working with BIMM Manchester helping to create a unique environment for their students to study and learn their craft in. We are happy to be working in Manchester again and to have the opportunity to further the cultural legacy established when working with Factory Records.”

BIMM Manchester is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 27th June at Dawsons’ Music Shop at 18:30. Ben Kelly will be attending and exclusively revealing preliminary designs and artists’ impressions of how BIMM Manchester will look.


Peter Hook, bassist from not one, but two legendary bands in Joy Division and New Order, will be the special guest at BIMM Manchester’s next Open Day this Saturday May 25th at 11am at Gorilla on Whitworth St!

Hooky will be discussing his career on stage with fellow musician and author John Robb, sharing nearly 40 years of experience, anecdotes, advice and wisdom with potential BIMM Manchester students who are looking to study one of the many BA (Hons) music-based degrees on offer. Potential students and their parents may even get the opportunity to meet Hooky after the event.

Peter’s enormous success in the music world crosses so many disciplines – from musician to DJ, producer to nightclub entrepreneur – means that he is the ideal subject to speak to the potential music stars and rock business wannabes of the future.

After the enormous success of the previous BIMM Manchester Open Days, this event continues the tradition of securing amazing speakers – in previous events, Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow), Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club) and Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) have all spoken about their life and careers.

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Peter Hook Is BIMM Manchester’s Next Special Guest

hookybimm4It’s an amazing coup for BIMM Manchester!

Peter Hook, bassist from not one, but two legendary bands in Joy Division and New Order, will be the special guest at BIMM Manchester’s next Open Day on Saturday May 25th at 11am!

Hooky will be discussing his career on stage and sharing his incredible experience with potential BIMM Manchester students.

After the enormous success of the previous BIMM Manchester Open Days, this event continues the tradition of securing amazing speakers – in previous events, Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow), Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club) and Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) have all spoken about their life and careers.

The final BIMM Manchester Open Day until September begins at 11am on Saturday 25th May.




BIMM Manchester is offering budding musicians and music industry professionals a life-changing opportunity to pursue their musical ambitions.

As the newest college in the award winning BIMM Group, BIMM Manchester is offering £120,000 worth of Foundation Scholarships when it opens its building in the heart of the city centre in September 2013.

BIMM Manchester will be offering one full Foundation Scholarship (valued at £18,000) for each of its seven BA (Hons) courses – meaning prospective students can study a degree level course in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Songwriting, Vocals, Music Business and Music Event Management, to cover all tuition fees.

BIMM Manchester Principal Vaseema Hamilton adds, “Since we launched BIMM Manchester earlier this year, we have been thrilled by the number of  applicants to all our courses and astonished by the level of talent and dedication that has been presented to our assessment and audition teams.

‘We also recognise that the current financial climate is immensely  challenging for many families and we have created these Foundation Scholarships in order to support members of the next generation of Manchester Music Industry creatives  who might otherwise not have been able to gain a BA (Hons).”

All BIMM Manchester BA (Hons) degrees are validated by the University of Sussex (currently ranked 21st in the UK) and studied on a full time basis, for three years.

BIMM Manchester is open for applications now, and due to continued demand is hosting its fourth Open Day on Saturday 16th March, starting at 12 noon at the Gorilla music bar.

More Open Days are planned for April and May.

Talking at the last BIMM Manchester Open Day in January, Mike Joyce said, “I wish we had something like [BIMM Manchester] when The Smiths were starting out. Nobody told us about the pitfalls of the music business. We might have avoided the problems we encountered.”

After visiting the BIMM Brighton college, Roger Daltrey CBE said, “Really impressed with what you have here, you’re very lucky.”

Today it was announced that Roger Daltrey is to be a Patron for BIMM.

For more information on the courses available, click here.



Budding musicians and industry professionals are to be offered a top class contemporary music education in Manchester.

The award-winning BIMM Group is opening a state of the art £3M campus in the city this September, and has just appointed former EMI CEO Tony Wadsworth CBE as a director to the board.

Recent success stories from BIMM include 2013 BRIT Critic’s Choice Award Winner Tom Odell, who studied on the Professional Diploma in Songwriting course in 2010.

The college is open for applications now and to celebrate, is hosting an open day on Friday 25th January, from 3.00pm (doors open at 2.00pm). BIMM Manchester will take over Gorilla bar and live venue around the corner from the BIMM Manchester campus for the afternoon.

Guests on the day will include Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow) and recent BIMM graduate, Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club), who will be talking to Jake Shillingford (Head of Music Business and My Life Story frontman) about their varied and extensive knowledge of the music industry during a live Q&A session and will be taking questions from the audience.


There will also be live performances from former BIMM students; Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist) and Tiny Dragons.

Sam adds:

“During my time as a student at BIMM Brighton I acquired many skills key to becoming a successful musician that I would never have had access to anywhere else. I had a great time honing these skills in the local music scene. 

“The key to a successful contemporary music college is being in a city with a thriving music scene, and the music scene in Manchester is nothing short of legendary. Any young musicians like myself who are looking to learn their craft – and learn from people who have really been there and done it – should definitely consider applying.”

Manchester Evening News feature:

Two Door Cinema Club ticket give-away: at the Open Day, Ben Thompson will be giving away 6 pairs of tickets for the band’s Manchester Apollo gigs that weekend to a few lucky attendees.


BIMM Manchester Open Day event schedule – times subject to change

3.00pm Welcome from BIMM Brighton College Manager Adam Bushell

3.05pm Live performance from Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent finalist), accompanied by fellow BIMM Brighton graduate Jamie Francis

3.10pm BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton to present introduction to BIMM Manchester

3.20pm  Mike Joyce, Richard Jupp and Ben Thompson live Q&A session.

4.00pm Performance from Tiny Dragons.

4.50pm Presentation to end.  Drinks and snacks to be served for a ‘meet and greet / networking reception.

For more information please see BIMM Manchester website:

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  • The Open Day will be held at Gorilla (54-58 Whitworth St, Man, M1 5WW)
  • The new BIMM Manchester campus will be located on Gt Marlborough St in Manchester City Centre, to open in September 2013.
  • BIMM Manchester is now open for applications through UCAS and courses on offer for 2013 are: BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Bass) plus BA (Hons) in Music Business Management and Music Event Management.
  • Courses at BIMM Manchester are fully validated by the University of Sussex, currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 Universities at number 13 and within the International top 100.

About BIMM

  • BIMM (Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester and Tech Music School London) is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of contemporary music vocational and higher education courses.
  • In 2012 BIMM was awarded ‘highly trusted status’ by the UK QAA Agency and is fully accredited for International student enrollment.  Also in the same year BIMM became a member of UCAS.
  • BIMM Group offers its students a broad range of course levels, from diplomas through to BA (Hons) degrees across all five colleges.  Its 2000 students can study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing, live sound and tour management and music business.  Delivered by 100 trained active professional tutors, all of whom have touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry.
  • BIMM colleges enjoy outstanding retention and achievement rates, excellent student feedback and a strong track record of alumni success; students have scored an unprecedented thirty UK Top 40 singles and have been involved in successful UK Top 20 albums including The Kooks (2 million+ album sales), Beth Rowley and Kate Walsh
  • Other student successes include Ben Thompson, currently on a world tour with Two Door Cinema Club and BIMM Bristol musician Steve Sparrow who is signed to Parlophone Records/EMI with his band Morning Parade. The band is recording their debut album with producer Jason Cox (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Blur) at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13.

BIMM Manchester music college arrives – Open Day Wed Dec 5th

BIMM Manchester building.jpgThe UK’s leading contemporary music college group is coming to Manchester and is enrolling for 2013. The BIMM Group already has colleges in Brighton, Bristol, Dublin & TMS London, it’s hard to believe it has taken so long to arrive in Manchester with its incredible musical heritage.

If you are considering a career in the music business then a course at BIMM is for you. There is a free Open Day on Wednesday 5th December being held at Gorilla on Whitworth St, facing The Ritz. Come along to one of the two sessions and find what a BIMM course has to offer. All you have to do is register in advance via the link below.

The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce will be present at the morning session that begins at 11am and Elbow’s Richard Jupp  with be joining for the afternoon session at 2pm.