Tom Walsh: Music college aims to make noise in Detroit with U.S. launch

By Tom Walsh Detroit has spawned trendsetters in modern music from Motown to the White Stripes. Now it can add another musical accomplishment to the list as launchpad for a new performance-based music college called the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME). Backed by a $3-million investment from Beringea of Farmington Hills, DIME is moving into downtown buildings owned by Quicken Loans chairman Dan Gilbert. The school will offer advanced music students courses in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music entrepreneurship. DIME’s British founders Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson, were partners in a similar venture called BIMM, which began in 2001 and grew to a group of five independent colleges in Britain and Ireland, with more than 3,500 students in Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester and London. They sold BIMM in 2010 and began exploring how to take the concept to the U.S. Why, I asked Nixon and Clayman, did they choose Detroit for their first U.S. college of rock? “Where,” Nixon replied, “does the music come from? It was the delta blues, up from New Orleans through Memphis up to Chicago and Detroit. The business really is a perfect fit for Detroit. This movement to bring Detroit back with young people, creative people … when we came last September to visit, the hospitality was stunning.” “The opportunity and feeling and enthusiasm in Detroit has just blown us away,” said Clayman, who worked with Sony Music in the 1990s promoting tours for Michael Jackson, Prince, Neil Diamond and other artists, before joining up with Nixon on BIMM and other music management ventures. Read the entire article here:

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