The UMAs are pleased to announce that BIMM, (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) will return in 2018 as sponsors of the highly sought after Best Record at the second annual UMAs (Unsigned Music Awards), which is set to open The Great Escape at the 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

The continued partnership between BIMM and the UMAs as the exclusive education partner sees a wealth of opportunities open up for BIMM students, with live event work experience being offered at the event next May, as well as their monthly sessions, showcases and other live events held in the run up to the award ceremony.

In addition to event-based work experience, UMA Music (organisers of the Awards) are also accepting applications from BIMM students interested in music journalism or with a passion for writing to join their team of contributors to the new music site,

UMA Music CEO, Simon O’Kelly says:

“BIMM provides a valuable journey and route into the music industry, not only for musicians and artists, but also for those wanting to pursue careers in events, production and journalism. I have always been impressed by the high level of talent and skills that BIMM helps to develop, and I am pleased to be able to offer real-world experience to the professionals of the future in order to experience an event of this scale, guided by some of the best live professionals in the industry. As a BIMM Alumni, I am also pleased to see them continue to support the unsigned music scene that so many of their students – myself once included – belong to.”

Nicky Kingsbury-Williams, Careers and Industry Coordinator at BIMM says:

“We look forward to our continued partnership with the Unsigned Music Awards and we are excited to be working with them at our largest local venue, the Brighton Centre. This will give our students the integral experience that will help them move forward with their burgeoning careers in the music industry.

It makes perfect sense that an Awards ceremony celebrating up and coming young artists should be run by the future of the music industry.”

We are also pleased to announce that all BIMM Students will receive a WHOPPING 50% discount on tickets to the show at the Brighton Centre in May.

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The Unsigned Music Awards (the UMAs) have teamed up with Live Nation and Europe’s biggest festival for new music to host the biggest award show in new and independent music, kicking off The Great Escape 2018. The ceremony is set to become the opening ceremony for the festival and will take over the 4,500 on Wednesday 16 May 2018. The nominees will be selected by UK’s leading influencers, A&R managers, booking agencies, promoters and festival partners.

Sponsors and partners already announced for the 2018 event include Mood Media, BIMM, Strange Place Concerts, Live Nation and Shazam.