Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist has lent his name to a music scholarship which will run at a new school opening later this year.

Legendary Birmingham musician Tony Iommi has given his name to a new music scholarship in the city worth £20,000.

The Black Sabbath guitarist is supporting the venture at the new £4 million British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) which is due to open in Digbeth in October.

The scholarship will be fully funded for three years and is worth up to £20,250.

Additionally, BIMM Birmingham will also offer three Tony Iommi bursaries where a student can receive £1,500 for their first year to support them during their studies.

Mr Iommi met students this week who will be studying at the centre at a special launch event for the scholarship.

He spoke to them about the opportunities now available to aspiring musicians and the ease with which you can make music nowadays thanks to advances in technology.

BIMM is one of the largest independent music college groups in Europe and has operations in London, Brighton, Manchester, Berlin, Bristol and Dublin and its alumni include James Bay, George Ezra and Tom Odell.

Students will be able to study fields such as guitar, songwriting, vocals and music production.

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