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BIMM partners with Black Lives in Music to launch Industry Mentoring Scheme

BIMM Institute is embarking on a brand new partnership with Black Lives in Music (BLiM) to offer mentoring opportunities to selected students. The scheme will start in September 2022 and applications are currently open to final-year students of colour at BIMM Institute.

The aim of the scheme is to empower the next generation of music creators and industry professionals. Over the course of the year, each mentee will receive two hours of mentoring per month, additional vocational opportunities and involvement in other BLiM career-enhancing activities. BIMM Institute are proud to be the exclusive partner for this mentoring programme.

BLiM are an organisation whose mission is to combat racism, unite organisations and musicians, and create a truly inclusive and diverse music industry. BIMM hopes that this scheme will advance the careers of students of colour as they strive to diversify the creative sector.

This is the inaugural roll-out of the scheme and both BIMM and BLiM are committed to improving the landscape of the music industry and changing the status quo. That’s why they’ll be looking for opportunities to grow and develop this programme, building an inclusive infrastructure that benefits as many students as possible in future.

Roger Wilson, Director of Operations Black Lives in Music says, “We’re really excited to work in partnership with BIMM on this very important initiative.  This is a tough industry, it’s competitive and that conjures up real challenges for people of colour as detailed in our recent report: Being Black in the UK music industry Report. This initiative will help the industry by being of benefit to both mentors and mentees.  It will build relationships, change perceptions and break down barriers.  We believe that in the long term, this will play a part in transforming the culture in the industry. We’re looking forward to supporting the young people involved and working with BIMM to champion change.”

Third-year bachelors students of colour at one of the five BIMM UK music colleges (Brighton, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol) can apply for the mentoring schemeapplications due by 25 May 2022.

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