Work Based Learning
"My work based learning at KONG Promotions not only enhanced my experience of the FD course at BIMM, but also helped to propel my career forward by giving me unique opportunities for networking and to refine and develop my business skills."LUCY OSBORNE Foundation Degree Graduate
"I absolutely loved my summer internship with Dean Street Studios Soho. It was an awesome experience, and I learnt a lot!"BETH CANNON. BA( Hons)
"Matt has an impressive music industry knowledge and is intuitive when it comes to the right approach to a catalogue of tasks. He is a credit to BIMM and with continued hard work he should look forward to a successful music industry career. Most important for my company is that he has a passion for my roster and a genuine desire to help my bands succeed."JULIAN DEANE- Raygun Management
"The BIMM WBL program has been very beneficial so far to The Hook Up. The students are keen to learn and apply themselves extremely well on projects."JONNY GOODWILLIE – THE HOOK UP CONSULTANCY
"We have used BIMM Live Sound and Tour Production students and they have all been absolutely fantastic. Definitely shows that BIMM is preparing students well for the outside world and a career in the music industry. We would definitely use them again without hesitation” Live Sound & Tour Production Students."TOM CARSON - Jägermeister Music Manager
"I got a real sense of what various careers involve, had a lot of fun and met some great people."ED JACOBS. Foundation Degree. Eagle Rock, NY
"It is priceless gaining first hand information from someone who works within the industry rather than reading it from a book"GEMMA MILROY. Music Entrepreneur Diploma. – The Agency Group
"I was fortunate to gain some excellent work experience in Brighton’ s Theatre Royal with a professional pit band. I am very grateful for the experience and thoroughly enjoyed it!"PETER DARKE Foundation Degree Graduate
"Carmen was a great asset to the Breakfast team. She's bright, efficient and has a great sense of humour. She had a very good understanding of radio, a great knowledge of music and her production skills were excellent. I would highly recommend Carmen for future work and she would be welcome to come back to Juice anytime."GUY LLOYD – JUICE FM
"My time at The Brickyard allowed me to gain experience into various fields of the music Industry; stage manager, live and studio sound engineer and promoter."
"Going to Tru-Thoughts helped me re-define my career goals as it gave me an insight into each area of running a label."FLORA SCUTT Foundation Degree Graduate.
"Joe immediately impressed us with his friendly character. He has already sat in as a Broadcast Assistant a couple of times and slotted seamlessly in, covering the logging of songs and researching bits and pieces with calm efficiency, while we recorded the show. He’s now a part of our regular rota and we look forward to welcoming him back very soon."RICHARD PITT – BBC INTRODUCING
"I was co-ordinating The Great Escape convention and was highly impressed with the level of competency and enthusiasm of the BIMM students"NATASHA HADDAD – MAMA GROUP
"An internship with Secret Records gave me the experience I needed to secure a full time job here, I’m so pleased to be working with great people on such a diverse and talented roster of artists"ARDZIV SIMONIAN. Graduate
"My work experience at Universal opened my eyes to real life music industry situations and knowledge needed to work in this environment."SIMON DEW. Foundation Degree Graduate
"Working at Sony was an amazing experience, I learned so much and was able to meet frontline artists. I came to appreciate first hand how the modules I am studying at BIMM are truly relevant and applicable in the real world of the music industry."TOM BECK Foundation Degree Graduate
"Internships with Dazed and Confused magazine and Artrocker were really good fun and gave me the opportunity to develop a portfolio of writing whilst working with great people. I then went on to a work placement at The Fly magazine and it was nothing short of amazing really. Lot’s of writing experience and I’ve found that each internship leads to a new exciting opportunity"LIAM LIDBETTER. BA (Hons)
"My WBL placement has had a very positive influence on a my future career plans as I continue to work promoting live music"PRUE LANGFIELD (Foundation Degree Graduate) The Brickyard in Carlisle
"As someone who’d been reading Rock Sound magazine from a young age it was a great experience to get an insight into its day to day running. As the month went on I was given more creative tasks, the results of which ended up in an issue. The team were friendly, welcoming and made the whole thing a really valuable and enjoyable experience. I’ve been kept on as a contributor and hope to develop this in the future"ROBERT SAYCE.BA (Hons) Graduate. Rock Sound Magazine
"My Pit experiences at shows including Lion King, Wicked and Legally Blonde, have allowed me to interact and work alongside top industry professionals. I have come away with some incredible advice and knowledge that I cannot wait to put into practice."EVAN CARSON FD yr2
WHAT IS WORK BASED LEARNING?
Each BIMM course is highly vocational and is designed to act as a springboard into employment .Work-based learning is an essential part of this process and involves actively using the workplace as a learning environment. It is therefore more than ‘work experience’ learning outcomes will be specified that can be met through activity in the workplace which will help students to develop the full set of skills needed to establish a long term career.
BIMM is committed to sustaining its role as a centre of excellence for Work Based Learning and ensuring all students have access to placements appropriate to their course. We have unique links with the music industry and use our extensive contacts to generate opportunities for students to engage with the music industry.
Students have access to a dedicated WBL advisor who will discuss career goals either as musicians or industry practitioners. BIMM continually monitors placements and projects to ensure they are relevant and offer students a safe and secure learning environment.
HOW WILL WORK BASED LEARNING HELP MY CAREER?
The changing nature of the music business has impacted on the demand for higher level skills. Work Based Learning (WBL) is essential for improving skills in the sector and helping the workforce of the future to diversify.
Work Based Learning is in place to ensure that our students are ‘work ready’ with the relevant experience, contacts and skills to compete in a highly competitive industry.
BIMM graduates go on to work across a range of sectors in the music industry, many as performers, it is BIMM’s aim to mentor students through experiential learning, developing self-employed and entrepreneurial projects.
Work Based Learning plays a central role in developing key employability skills including self management, team working, enterprise, application of IT skills and communication.
Our graduates are equipped to pursue employment as either full time employees in the music business or as self-employed musicians or entrepreneurs with skill sets suited to a portfolio career in the industry.
All students are invited to attend one to one tutorials with the WBL team to discuss CVs and career action planning we also offer support to graduates with employment opportunities and auditions through the A-Team, our dedicated alumni department
WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPTIONS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
There are nearly 8000 businesses in the UK’s music sector generating a wide range of careers.
Every year, BIMM are proud to celebrate a large number of our graduates starting work in the music industry. We currently have our alumni working across a diverse range of roles:
A&R, PR, marketing, radio and TV plugging, live agents, promoters, publishing, venues and studios, song writing companies, managers, music journalists, TV and radio broadcasting and in tour management.
We also have alumni who work as workshop leaders, teachers, musical directors, pit musicians, sound and lighting technicians, session artists and of course as successful recording artists.
Other careers in the industry include collection society executives, instrument makers, music librarian, music supervisor, music therapy, retail, distribution and social media / digital marketing, a rapidly developing sector.
Many people choose to pursue portfolio careers, taking on more than one role at a time. The industry is naturally fast moving and people working in music need to be adaptable and receptive to new challenges to succeed.
Diversity is the key to entrepreneurial success and this can be developed by making the very most of your time at BIMM by: Developing a song writing portfolio, organising and promoting gigs and tours, planning and executing structured promotional campaigns, gaining teaching experience and setting up teaching practices, establishing and promoting function bands, session work for live, media or pit work, designing branded merchandise, contributing to the BIMM student magazine, shadowing live music professionals at gigs and festivals, volunteering to work as part of street teams or as gig reps at industry festivals.
BIMM supports your career plans during your studies and we continue to work with graduates through our dedicated alumni careers programme; ‘The A-Team’
WBL Case Studies
Tommy Taylor and Whitnee Springfield - Quite Great PR
Recent graduates Tommy Taylor and Whitnee Springfield have secured interships with Quite Great PR. There roster includes both major and independent record labels and artists such as Newton Faulkner and Nickleback.
Ed Jacobs - Eagle Rock Entertainment (New York)
"During my time at Eagle Rock, as well as getting to meet a mass of great people, I was able to get a much better understanding in how the industry works from a production/distribution angle. This has cemented my passion to work at the heart of the industry and carry on helping the artists I love so much to succeed." Ed Jacobs
"Ed was a model intern, one of the best Eagle Rock Entertainment ever had. He quickly integrated with the staff here and became one of the team. It was sad to see him go. Eagle has a history of taking interns from abroad, mostly the U.K. and Germany, and we always welcome the opportunity to further the education of someone interested in the music business. Ed has stayed in touch with all in the office and we didn’t just lose another intern when he left, but a friend." Eagle Rock Entertainment
Dionne Slater - JK Theatre Arts
Dionne recently completed a 6 week internship with JK Theatre Arts, working with children aged from 3-15 years. Starting by shadowing the teachers at the performing arts school Dionne then moved on to leading warm ups and group activities and was involved in the rehearsal process and end of term showcase event.
"Dionne was happy to take on all tasks given to her and was full of energy and enthusiasm; getting involved with rehearsals and lessons. The children loved her and she was a pleasure to have on board" - JK Theatre Arts
Sean Houlihan - SANCH Electronix HQ/Studio.
"Don't be fooled by common stereotypes of Caribbean life - these are some of the hardest working people in the music industry trying to keep their rich and vibrant music culture alive. I spent two weeks during the easter holidays getting an overview of Steel Pan culture and music business in Trinidad. I left with fresher and clearer perspective of music and rhythm that any other musical experience i have ever had. Start saving your pennies because Trinidad and Tobago is a must for any musician looking to broaden their sense of rhythm" - Sean Houlihan
"As soon as I started BIMM I knew that if I wanted to make it in this industry I would have to work hard. Since then I’ve been undertaking internships and volunteering at any given opportunity and using the time to network and build contacts as I've found it’s definitely who you meet and who you know that will get you places in this industry! All this hard work is definitely paying off for me now" - Jack Price
NB: When applying for any job always do your research on the company that you are hoping to work for.
The CV (Industry)
- Remember that your CV is an advert for you and your skills so sell them!
- Employers may receive hundreds of CVs and do not have time to trawl through pages of waffle so only include relevant experience to that specific job (this may mean that you need more than one CV for different role applications) and make sure you keep it concise and to the point.
- Format your CV in an ‘easy to read’ layout with headings and bullet points if necessary.
- Take value in your experience. Include anything relevant — paid and unpaid positions, summer jobs, voluntary or extra-curricular activities. Pull out what you learned or what made you shine. Describe entry-level experience using phrases such as "learned the business", or "trained to..." to emphasise your aptitude for professional development.
- Sounds obvious but remember to add your current contact details!
Example: Download Example CV
Template: Download Template CV
The CV (Musician)
Whilst the tips for the industry CV still apply to musicians here’s a couple more to make sure you stand out from the crowd:
- Add a recent professional photo(s) to your CV
- Be a bit more creative with the presentation of your CV, remember that you are selling yourself as an artist. (see examples below)
Template: Download CV Template
JOB HUNTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Tips for Interns:
Visit www.about.com for 10 great tips!
Writing a Cover Letter
- First impressions last so make sure it is presented well and in a professional and easy to read layout
- Tailor your CV to each individual employer and the job descriptions that they provide
- Keep it clear and concise
- Use your key skills and relevant information from your CV
- Make it clear why you are perfect for the job and the job is perfect for you!
If invited to an interview for a placement or job, remember that preparation is key, so do your homework. Make sure you have thoroughly researched the company and their website and remember to think about a few interesting questions which will spark conversation and show how committed you are to the position. There are more useful tips here:
London based, very cool independent label, Cooking Vinyl are offering BIMM students internships!
The placements are based around reception, covering day to day duties such as phone answering, booking couriers, welcoming guests etc. In addition you may also be asked to assist various departments as and when required. So everything from production to sync to business affairs. In terms of the logistics of the placement, the normal hours for interns are from 10-10:30 until 6pm (although these are flexible as/when necessary) and they cover up to £10 a day in travel.
Cooking Vinyl do have a history of hiring interns when appropriate positions become available. This includes Helen herself plus label managers, production manager, Promotions co-ordinator & members of the digital team who all started out in this manner. They also have had interns leave after being offered jobs at the likes of Sony with a good general knowledge of how a label works.
CHECK YOUR EMAILS FOR DETAILS
Some Friendly PR
Some friendly works with amazing acts and Sophie Williams is a very successful and well respected PR professional representing management for Tim Burgess and Press for:
Andrew Weatherall***Anika***Badly Drawn Boy***Black Acid***Tim Burgess***The Cave Club***The Charlatans***Cut Copy***Joseph Coward***Death In Vegas***Factory Floor***Fiction***Flats***Hatcham Social***The Horrors***Ladyhawke***Nudie Jeans***O Genesis***Richard Fearless***St.Spirit***The Verve***YMC***Zulu Winter.
Essentially, the day to day work would include things like helping with mail outs, keeping the press files up to date, general office organisation and could develop to writing press releases, dealing with the press etc. Sophie would also very much like to find someone who is good with computers as she needs assistance with database work for all press contacts and needs someone who can keep the twitter and social media spaces and assist with building a website. It will be quite varied work and would be an interesting experience for someone interested in PR.
To apply, please send a CV and a letter addressed to Sophie Williams to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following PR companies do take on interns:
The following PR companies do take on interns:
If you would like to apply to intern at these companies please send your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com
PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS FOR DETAILS OF THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES:
- EXCLUSIVE TO BIMM - 3 month paid internship with PRS for Music
- EXCLUSIVE TO BIMM - London based agency specialising in regional radio, TV, Specialist and Student Radio plugging require an assitant for ongoing internship. Their roster includes Sir Paul McCartney, The Gossip, Bjork, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and The Subways to name a few.
- More Work Based Learning opportunities to follow soon.
- For more details please contact Mel Thornton (Head of Work Based Learning) firstname.lastname@example.org