Major expansion announced for Music College – FE News

Building on the phenomenal success of its inaugural college in Brighton, renowned music education college WaterBear has unveiled plans for the opening of its second college.

WaterBear Sheffield will open in September 2023, providing an additional choice of venue for independent artists and student musicians wishing to embrace WaterBear’s philosophy of building a sustainable, long-term career in the music industry.

Founded by music education pioneers Adam Bushell and Bruce John Dickinson, and with BA (Hons) and MA degrees awarded by Falmouth University, WaterBear has built a reputation for its dedication to expert one-on-one mentoring, targeted class size and exclusive development. opportunities in the music industry. The college offers courses across the music spectrum, including songwriting, audio production, electronic music, performance, and corporate/business, as well as access to shows in its own venue .

Since opening in September 2018, the WaterBear site in Brighton has seen many successes, helping students connect with an audience and coaching them on how to maintain full control of their careers, down to stadium level and beyond. WaterBear has already built up an impressive body of alumni, including Sacha Skarbek, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and two-time Ivor Novello winner who has worked with artists such as Samantha Mumba and Beverley Knight, and who has also played a key role in the development of James Blunt with whom he wrote the world number 1 hit ‘You’re Beautiful’.

Co-founder Adam Bushell comments on the expansion plans:

“Thanks to our outstanding students – who will forever champion us – our unparalleled reputation for specialist music education quickly spread and we began to attract the attention of talent across the country.

“Our group’s name is taken from one of the toughest creatures on the planet, the water bear. We work closely with each student to ensure they have all the knowledge and support they need to develop a truly sustainable career to handle any setbacks or pitfalls they encounter along the way.

“The national recognition of our philosophy of education is heartening, as the opening of a college in the North has always been in our sights, after all the North itself is somewhat unrivaled in its musical talent and its industrial production,” adds WaterBear co-founder Bruce John Dickinson. — who in 2001 co-founded the now successful BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music) institute.

“We will open our college on the site of the iconic Gatecrasher nightclub building on Arundel Street, Sheffield. Gatecrasher was not only a global icon, but to many is a Sheffield treasure,” Bushell continues.

“Through our rich program of BA (Hons) Degrees and MA music courses, we hope to channel the creative spirit that Gatecrasher pioneered and imbue it with our own educational dynamism.”

An educational drive that, during their time at BIMM, saw Dickinson and Bushell help shape the musical careers of now-famous artists including George Ezra, James Bay, Tom Odell, Beth Rowley, The Kooks, Fickle Friends and many more. others.

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