BIMM Institute and Creative United launch programme to support under-represented music entrepreneurs

From June 2021 the BIMM Institute (the British and Irish Modern Music Institute) is launching the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme with Creative United to help 20 students across its eight colleges launch their own music projects

The new partnership project is part of BIMM’s Access and Participation plan and Employability and Career programme and is aimed specifically at students from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian, ethnic minority, lower-income, disabled, care-leavers and mature students.

Each of the students will receive a Creative Business Essentials course by Creative United business advisor, Remi Harris MBE, covering the elements needed to embark on a new business venture in the music industry. Aspects such as contracts, business banking, accounts, taxes, collaborations and values will be covered.

‘Creative Business Essentials aims to demystify the things that new business owners can find a headache, including managing their finances, getting new business, and handling growth,’ says Harris. ‘It has had great feedback from young creative entrepreneurs, and I’m excited to bring the training to the Greenhouse entrepreneurs from BIMM’.

Once they’ve completed Harris’s course, the programme’s participants will join Creative United and be matched with one of its business coaches for one-to-one advice on creating a plan for their business and getting it to market. Each will receive funding through BIMM, allocated by a panel of well-known creative industry experts, to help them realise their goals.

Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programmes at Creative United, said, ‘Creative United is thrilled to be partnering with BIMM and Remi Harris to provide advice, coaching, and guidance to our future music industry business leaders.

‘As a Community Interest Company, we strive to enable those in the creative and arts sectors to achieve their ambitions for growth and impact with their enterprises. We look forward to meeting the participants of the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme and helping them develop their skills, confidence and business plans.’


For more information about the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme, please contact Mel Thornton, BIMM’s Head of Careers and Employability, at melthornton@bimm.co.uk.

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