Institute Music Publishing has been set up in 2021 by the umbrella not-for-profit company Someone Great which is affiliated with BIMM Manchester.


The premise of the publishing company is two fold:


  1. To provide an entry level publishing administration service for BIMM writers, producers and artists.

  2. To create an active business environment for educating BIMM students in the roles and tasks of a music publisher.


The team has a high level of experience in all aspects of music publishing and aim to sign the best new songwriting talent across the BIMM colleges to Institute Music Publishing. Through this process, we will educate and nurture the most promising BIMM students and equip them with the skills required to work at a music publishing company or performing rights organisation.

The Team

Ellie Kading 

Ellie graduated from Gateway School of Recording, Kingston University with a Diploma in Recording, Music Technology and Business Studies in 1997. Joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing a year later as their Junior Copyright Assistant, the years that followed were spent predominantly in Copyright and Licensing for a variety of both major and independent music companies, BMG Music Publishing, MCS Music, BMG Chrysalis and the BBC. With a steady career progression culminating in setting up and running global administration departments, Ellie was approached by Ronnie Lane’s Estate to oversee the Slim Chance Catalogue. This was the ideal opportunity to set up her own company, which has continued to grow, and as a client base as diverse as music itself. Ellie has also spent time managing a recording studio, engineering small live gigs and teaching.


Steve Farris

Steve is a highly experienced music industry practitioner with a background in A&R, publishing, touring, digital and artist management.

Steve has a proven track record in artist development, contract management, business development, relationship management, social media and marketing. Steve has held A&R positions at EMI, Sony Music and A7 Music and has run independent publishing companies On The Fiddle, Polar Patrol & 13 Artists.


To date, Steve has signed and worked with artists including Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, Rae & Christian, Midfield General, Kidda, Levellers, Here We Go Magic, Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran, Pink, Robbie Williams), Lemon D, Tired Pony, Little Matador, Luke Temple, Nadine Shah, Kathryn Joseph, Bo Bruce, Malpas, Node, Thomas Mclaughlin (Soak), Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Bilk, Shadowlark, The Vryll Society and Queen Zee.

Mike Hosker

Mike is the Course Leader for Music Business at BIMM Institute Manchester. He has over 15 years experience in the industry as a Writer, Performer, A&R, Product & Event Manager. He currently manages a small yet diverse roster of artists and is an acting director of the music network and development agency, Un-Convention. Mike has 8 years’ experience in education, teaching on Creative Degree Programmes, while developing, writing and delivering sector leading Degrees and Educational Initiatives

Student Interns 

The BIMM student interns are handpicked by Mike Hosker and the lecturers to join the team. The students will be trained in the various roles of music publishing and will be fully involved in all aspects of the business.