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Friday 01 January 2016

Brighton Students Gain Music Biz Insights From Local Impresario

Music Performance & Production students at City College Brighton and Hove recently gained some valuable insights from local music impresario, Jim Walker. 

Since founding Americana/Roots live music specialists Brighthelmstone Promotions with his partner Amy in 2012, Jim has branched out into artist management and co-running anew Brighton-based record labelAt The Helm, which has an international roster of acts.


With a degree in Film Media & Culture, James went on to be a Business Development Manager for a FTSE company before combining his business acumen with a lifelong love of music and turning it into a full-time career.
"As well as creating and distributing their own music, our students are supported to put on their own live music events so Jim's advice about the day-to-day realities of the music business and what does and doesn"t work was invaluable," says City College's Music Course Leader, Steven Hopkins.

"Chatting to them about his experience of putting on events, releasing records and managing acts, and the challenges he"s faced doing so, gave them a lot to think about." 

Jim.adds: "As a born and bred Brightonian, it was really interesting and rewarding to meet young local artists and producers with a passion for music and a genuine curiosity about the workings of the music industry." 

"It's great to have made this link with my local College and I"d be happy to offer advice and support to Steven and his students in the future."

For more information on Music courses at City College, call 01273 667759, or see

by: Mike Cobley


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