Fatboy Slim has been honoured for leaving an “indelible mark” on the music industry as he launched a new scholarship to help underprivileged students break into the business.

The DJ, real name Norman Cook, received an honorary fellowship from the British Institute of Modern Music at its graduation ceremony at Brighton Dome yesterday.

He also announced the Fatboy Slim Martlets scholarship which will send an underrepresented student to the university.

He said: “I am humbled and fulfilled to receive this honour from BIMM. Until now both our careers have run in parallel in the same city, both of us working in the music business, both of us contributing to the arts and also charitable causes in Brighton and the city’s unique talents but now our relationship is cemented by this event and honour.

“Two of the most vital parts of my life recently have been the world of arts and music and my role as an ambassador for Martlets hospice.

“Having a scholarship in our joint name allows one student who wouldn’t normally have access to the start in a career that a degree from BIMM will enable to learn from the best in the business in the name of Brighton's unique and wonderful Hospice.”

The Argus: Fatboy Slim at the BIMM ceremonyFatboy Slim at the BIMM ceremony (Image: BIMM)

Fatboy Slim will be involved in the selection process for the scholarship which was launched yesterday at the Brighton Dome.

The DJ helped to hand out degrees to graduates at the BIMM ceremony before being presented with his own honorary award.


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The partnership with Martlets comes after the DJ has supported the charity for several years.

The scholarship will begin in 2024/25 school year and will cover the full three years of tuition fees for one undergraduate at BIMM in Brighton.The Argus: Fatboy Slim at the BIMM ceremonyFatboy Slim at the BIMM ceremony (Image: BIMM)

The award will specifically benefit candidates from low-income households or underrepresented groups in the creative industries.

Professor Louise Jackson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at BIMM University said: “As Chair of our Honorary Awards Committee, it is a great privilege to use our university status to celebrate individuals’ work.

“We are truly excited to be awarding Norman Cook a fellowship in recognition of his substantial impact on music, both as an artist and producer, and also his philanthropic work, particularly supporting the work of the Martlets Hospice in Brighton.”