The UK-based British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) has a reputation as one of Europe’s leading providers of musical and musical industry training. Following Berlin in 2015, a second campus is being opened in Germany in October – BIMM Hamburg in the historical Kulturbunker. While Berlin is seen as an important location for the creative, the Hanseatic city is increasingly moving to centre stage in the German music sector. Direct contact with the Hamburg music scene is set to become a significant component of the Bachelor’s degree courses and certificates.
Promoting close links to the Hamburg music industry
BIMM Hamburg is currently setting up seminar and rehearsal rooms with state of the art equipment over 250 square metres, along with a Mac Lab. The St. Pauli Flakbunker is one of the city’s most important cultural spots and is home to numerous creative operations. Precisely this diversity and the valuable contacts make it so appealing to Hamburg’s young music scene, as Vaseema Hamilton, Director of Business Development & Creative Careers in the BIMM Group, well knows: “We have established close links to the Hamburg music industry sector at the Reeperbahn Festival, where we have presented showcases for the past four years. With the new college in the bunker we are now fulfilling a dream. Our students will be right in the middle of things!”
Masterclasses and lectures with renowned guest speakers and musicians
The BIMM Hamburg campus will employ professional musicians and well-known tutors from the music industry. Among them are Frank Spilker, singer in the Hamburg-based indie band Die Sterne, and the founder of the label Tapete Records, Dirk Darmstaedter, who will tutor song writing. In addition, the BIMM has confirmed that Joerg Tresp (DevilDuck, label owner and manager) will be Music Business Tutor. Teaching will be in English. In addition, courses will be offered in Britain with a view to students preparing themselves thoroughly for the requirements of the global music market. The courses offered include three-year Bachelor’s degrees as well as one-year certificate courses.
The BIMM has more than 6,500 students in total (in Britain, Ireland and Berlin). Courses include guitar, bass, percussion, voice, song writing, music production and music business studies. The students will have direct contact with the music industry through guest lectures, masterclasses, end-of-semester concerts as well as through practicals and internships.