At ICMP, we are fully committed to ensuring that as wide a range of students as possible are able to access our courses, regardless of their financial, social or cultural circumstances. We are also an equal access institution and believe in supporting, guiding and assisting deserving students in their studies. To this end, we have developed a series of awards, scholarships, bursaries and support activities to enable access to our courses. Many of these awards are supported by our industry partners, whose support in this regard is second to none.

ICMP Songwriting Scholarship | Hattie Longfield Bursary | Audient Music Production Scholarship | Higher Diploma Scholarships | Music Business Scholarship |  

The ICMP Songwriting Scholarship


This year, the ICMP, in partnership with Shure, Focusrite and Taylor, is excited to announce that it will be awarding a full scholarship on our Certificate of Higher Education for Songwriting course, worth over £6,000. The scholarship ensures that a wide range of students are able to study with us and gain access to our support and guidance. The award aims to provide talented songwriters with the opportunity to further develop their skills through a specialist course of study.

The winner will also receive prizes from our partners, including a Shure SM58 microphone; Focusrite Scarlett Studio kit and a BT2 Baby Acoustic Taylor Guitar to give the participant everything that will need to kick start their course at the ICMP.

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to complete the relevant application, attach a video link to a solo performance showcasing your ability as a songwriter and a short statement stating why you want to study at the ICMP. All applications must be submitted before the 1st of June. Our great industry judge for this year is Frank Turner. 

This scholarship has now closed for 2016.


The Hattie Longfield Songwriting Bursary


Hattie Longfield was a successful London visual artist, a talented emerging songwriter and a much loved and respected member of our Songwriting Community at ICMP. 

The bursary set up in her name is from donated money which has been raised by Hattie’s friends, colleagues and family, and is designed to reflect her outlook on life and creativity. It is a fitting tribute to her desire to share and encourage her fellow writers.

This bursary will allow a talented female songwriter to benefit from 3 years of full time tuition at ICMP as well as joining the community, which includes numerous networking and performing events, and which Hattie helped us to build here in London. It would ideally suit someone who is keen to use this brilliant opportunity to get fully involved in developing their writing, attending and participating in events and collaborating with as many artists as possible. 

To be eligible for this bursary, applicants should be:

  • Female
  • Under 30 years old
  • UK National
  • Applying to study their first degree
  • Have achieved/expecting to achieve 300 UCAS points (or equivalent experience for applicants aged 21 and over)

Hattie was a talented and inspiring friend to our department and we are thrilled that this award will continue her name and association with us.

This scholarship has now closed for 2016.


Audient Music Production Scholarship


We have teamed up with British audio equipment specialists Audient to present The Audient Scholarship: a sponsored tuition for a one-year Professional Diploma in Music Production (Cert HE in Creative Music Production, validated by University of East London) at the prestigious London facility, starting at the beginning of the new academic year, September 2016. The creation of the Audient Scholarship coincides with a major refit and overhaul of the ICMP recording studios, which are to be centred around brand new Audient console. 

The winner will benefit from new studios, designed and built by Slowglass Creative. There’s one control room with two adjoining live rooms, which will have a traditional analogue set up (tie lines, patchbay, desk), along with ProTools HD, Logic, Ableton, further outboard and a comprehensive mic cupboard. We are also building three production rooms and a new tech lab.

"We have always been proud supporters of music education and our new partnership with ICMP offers an exciting opportunity for one lucky student to start their career on the right path,” adds Audient’s Marketing Manager, Andy Allen.  “The facilities on offer at ICMP are outstanding and to have an Audient console at the heart of them is a testament to Audient's investment in education." 

Open to applicants from all financial, social and cultural backgrounds, the recipient of the Audient Scholarship will apply through the ICMP website with a link to Soundcloud for their work and a short personal statement around why they should be selected.

This scholarship has now closed for 2016.



Institute Higher Diploma Scholarships

This year the ICMP will award one free place on the Higher Diploma course for each discipline: Guitar, Bass , Drums & Vocals. 

To apply for the scholarship you will need to complete the relevant application form and attach a link to a solo performance showcasing your ability on your chosen instrument.

Your submission should be:

  • approximately 3 minutes long
  • a solo performance
  • one continuous shot, no editing or post-production please!
  • you may use a backing track, however please ensure your playing is clearly audible above the track
  • while it's not compulsory, we do recommend trying to show a range of styles, techniques and an ability to improvise

This scholarship has now closed for 2016.

Terms and conditions for scholarship applications

Music Business SCHOLARSHIP


This year the ICMP Music Business Scholarship will award £2000 off of the course fees for each year of the BA (Hons) Music Business for one successful applicant. 

To apply for the scholarship you will need to complete the application form below and attach a short case study, choosing one of the topics provided in the form.

This scholarship has now closed for 2016.