Introducing the RTÉ 2FM Music and Audio Production Diploma Scholarship.

This scholarship will offer one lucky student the opportunity to study our one-year Music and Audio Production Foundation Diploma course, free of charge. If you're interested in applying for the scholarship, please submit your inquiry to before 5 pm, August 4th, 2023.

Adam Fogarty, Head of Music at RTÉ 2FM, echoes the excitement about our two organisations once again coming together to support the next generation of Irish music. "RTÉ 2FM are once again delighted to partner with BIMM Institute Dublin for The RTÉ 2FM Music & Audio Production Scholarship,’’ he says.

"We hope the lucky applicant can develop their skill set to grow their music career."

Previous scholarship winners

2020’s scholarship winner Oisin Murray spoke about the day he learned he won and how the scholarship has helped him:

"I got the call from BIMM and didn’t even consider that it was about me winning the scholarship. I was stunned and delighted. Receiving this scholarship is such an encouraging boost. I’m now more driven than ever to learn everything I can about producing great quality music."

"I have learnt so much and met a bunch of cool people who make great music."

"Since finishing the course, my knowledge around microphones, professional mixing and loads of other areas of audio has been bolstered significantly. I have learnt so much and met a bunch of cool people who make great music, and I’ve even managed to collaborate with some of them since".

Nabil Jamal, 2018 scholarship winner, also told us of his experience: "It was a great honour to be the recipient of the first-ever 2FM scholarship. My year at BIMM was great. I really felt like I fitted in."

"Being surrounded by fellow musicians who are all eager to answer and ask the same questions that I had was fantastic. As well as getting to know my craft in more detail, I also made and found some great friends. BIMM is a perfect environment for any musician. I was also able to perform my first single, 'Dog Wit A Bone’, in front of my friends and fellow students at the end of term gig, which was one of my favourite moments."

Why choose the Foundation Diploma in Music and Audio Production?

This part-time course serves as a fundamental introduction to Music and Audio Production. It’s designed to provide you with the core knowledge, technical and creative skills needed for a range of creative industries, such as:

  • Music production
  • Audio engineering
  • Broadcast
  • Audio for games
  • Corporate audio
  • Post-production
  • Audio system installation
  • Pro-audio sales

Stephen O’Brien, Course Leader and Producer Engineer (Hal, Cathay Davey, RTE Junior, Disney), explains the classes are very practical and focus on experiential learning. "Students are tasked with simulating real scenarios," he says. "Alongside recording bands, they run a live broadcast, overdubbing and syncing dialogue on adverts, creating a three-minute VOX pop radio interview and field recordings. The students also assist in recording all the BIMM singles in the studio under the guidance of a producer, and this provides great networking opportunities."

You’ll be taught by a highly skilled team of established music industry professionals and be surrounded by high-tech, cutting-edge facilities. All our course lecturers are currently working in the industry and include Mastering Engineers, Mixing and Mastering Engineers and Producers. There are also guest lecturers to cover specific topics, such as live sound.

How to apply for the RTÉ 2FM Scholarship:

  • Please request an application form by emailing the BIMM Institute Dublin
  • Admissions team at or call +353 1 5133 666
  • Return the completed application form via email to before 5 pm
  • Friday, 11th of August 2023.
  • Once you have applied, we will contact you with details of the interview. You will receive at least ten days’ notice of your scheduled interview time
  • Bring any relevant material to your interview that demonstrates your experience in music and audio production
  • International applicants are welcome to apply. All scholarship interviews will be conducted via Zoom