Jake Shillingford

Group Head of Artist Development

Jake, who is founder of the 90s cult orchestral alternative band My Life Story, works closely alongside established artist development teams across all six BIMM colleges to identify the most talented artists, bands, songwriters and producers. Providing a key link between BIMM and the music industry, Jake liaises with record labels, managers, publishers and booking agents who are well-placed to support students who have the talent to succeed.

After a stint replacing Terry Hall in a late incarnation of The Specials in the early 90s, he started out compering and co-promoting bands at London club The Panic Station, booking early shows for The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine. My Life Story released three successful albums and six top forty singles and went on to collaborate with PJ Proby, Marc Almond, Morrissey and The Wonderstuff, as well as headlining over Oasis.

Jake has been described as one of the first DIY entrepreneurs, starting his own label in 2002 funded exclusively by investors, benefactors and fans, inventing the now ubiquitous fan funded model. He is the co-director of a film and TV music production company – Chøppersaurus – who are winners of the Sensoria Pro scoring award, having written music for everything from Obama’s favourite TV show Homeland and more recently Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour.

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