A2IM is kicking off 2022 by launching the second year of BIMA, its Black Independent Music Accelerator.
The fellowship initiative is designed to amplify Black voices in the independent music community, and provides a platform for Black-owned businesses in the music industry for greater visibility, networking, and mentorship opportunities for burgeoning business owners.
Because financial barriers often pose significant obstacles for minority-owned, independent music businesses, BIMA offers subsidized yearly dues to A2IM, as well as complimentary tickets to annual events such as Indie Week, a four-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of independent music.
“Black entrepreneurs have been the backbone of the music industry since the beginning of time. Allowing us to access the resources of counterparts, now opens doors to innumerable possibilities for creators that look, think, and dream like us,” says Erinn Knight, President of Build Your Own Dreams and 2021 BIMA Fellow.
BIMA’s Advisory Council offers guidance, oversight, and support to these businesses and includes Fotemah Mba, Head of A&R, General Market, Cinq Music Group; Courtnay Moriarty, Sr. Digital Rights Manager, Pex; and Kristine Mbadugha, Manager, Independent Music Partnerships, YouTube Music; with more names to be announced soon.
Applications for A2IM’s 2022 BIMA Program are open now and close on Jan. 24. To apply or learn more, please visit a2im.org/bima.