BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is sponsoring a new music scholarship at BIMM Institute Birmingham in Birmingham, England.
The Tony Iommi BIMM Birmingham Scholarship is worth £20,250 and recognizes talent and creativity in music.
Introducing the award, BIMM Birmingham’s executive principal Dara Kilkenny said: “Tony Iommi has agreed to put his name to a scholarship which will be worth £20,250 for one of the applicants, and it could be one of you in this room. It’s available to all disciplines, all degree students. You will not pay any fees.”
Giving his thoughts on the scholarship and how one lucky BIMM student can utilise it, Tony said: “It’s fantastic. I just think that you have to go for it and work as hard as you can. Believe in what you are doing. You have to believe in it and follow it through. Work as hard as you can. You have to love it and enjoy it.”
After the announcement, Tony sat down with BIMM’s resident BLACK SABBATH aficionado and ORANGE GOBLIN drummer, Chris Turner, for an exclusive interview about his life in music and his work with BLACK SABBATH, following the band’s decision to bid farewell after spending a half century and the forefront of heavy metal.
Tony, whose ear-shattering riffs and unique sound provided the blueprint for all metal bands who have followed, shared a wealth of insight and a host of amazing anecdotes about the band’s formation. BLACK SABBATH‘s sound was actually part inspired by horror movies, which explains a lot.
“We were fascinated with horror movie,” Tony told the audience. “Geezer [Butler, BLACK SABBATH bassist] and I used to go to a ‘Midnight Horror’ night at the cinema. I said to Geezer, ‘It would great if we could write music to give you the same fear as a horror movie,’ and that’s what started it off.”
For more information, visit BIMM.co.uk.