Fontaines DC start a scholarship at the BIMM Institute in Dublin, where the band members met while studying music.
The scholarship covers course fees for a student’s entire four years to pursue a BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music degree worth €12,000. The band will be involved in the process of selecting the scholarship holder.
Students who complete the course receive instruction in their chosen area of songwriting, drums, vocals or guitar, along with music industry knowledge and performing opportunities, masterclasses, tutorials and opportunities for networking and collaboration.
“We are honored to have a grant on our behalf,” commented Fontaines DC bassist Conor Deegan. “Our time [at] BIMM gave us time to figure out who we wanted to be as a band. We received guidance on how to achieve our dreams. We look forward to being able to use this scholarship to help someone else succeed in their time there.”
BIMM Institute Dublin Principal Alan Cullivan said the college was “thrilled” to launch the scholarship with the band “having watched with great excitement their careers grow both before and after graduation”.
He continued: “At BIMM we are driven by a commitment to helping Ireland’s next generation of musical talent achieve their creative aspirations and realize their aspirations as artists… to be able to offer this in collaboration with our alumni being able to is a bonus.”
In addition to Fontaines DC, other BIMM Dublin alumni include The Murder Capital, The Academic frontman Craig Fitzgerald, Maria Kelly and Jafaris. and Those interested in applying for the scholarship can find out more here.
Fontaine’s DC are currently preparing for the release of their third studio album, Skinty Fia, with the follow-up to the 2020 set, A Hero’s Death, due out on April 22nd. The band has introduced the album with three singles so far: “Jackie Down The Line”, “I Love You” and the title track.
Last month, Fontaines DC won the Best Band In The World category at this year’s BandLab NME Awards. “We’ve never really won an award so I don’t know, I’ve never seen people that excited in my entire life,” said singer Grian Chatten NME after receiving the award.
Guitarist Carlos O’Connell joked, “We had to tell ourselves from the start that we’re the best band in the world. And now that someone else has said it, this could be the beginning of the end.”
The band will be touring the UK and Ireland in November – dates and details can be found here.
https://www.nme.com/news/music/fontaines-d-c-launch-music-scholarship-bimm-institute-dublin-3198164?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fontaines-d-c-launch-music-scholarship-bimm-institute-dublin Fontaines DC starts a scholarship at Dublin Music College where they met