Tutor: Jonathan Whiskerd

Jonathan Whiskerd is Head of Undergraduate Programmes at ICMP.

Jonathan is an award-winning songwriter and experienced recording artist. He has collaborated with writer-producers Joshua Blair (Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars), Sophie Daniels (Joelle Moses, Westlife), Paul Stanborough (Guy Chambers, Cathy Dennis), Bruce Hughes (Jason Mraz) and Igor Haefeli (Daughter) in studios across the UK and the US. 

Jonathan works as a standalone songwriter on a range of artist projects in London and Nashville. He writes for London-based Recognition Management and Nashville/Miami-based AbFab Artists. Artist projects include Puzzle, Lisa Canny, BROOKFIELD and Katie Coleman. Through these projects he has collaborated with writer-producers Jodi Marr (MIKA, Paloma Faith), Brad Mair (Romeo Blanco, Kipper Eldridge), Mikko Gordon (Nigel Godrich, Osca, Gaz Coombes) and Toby Scott (Xenomania, Girls Aloud, Kaiser Chiefs). Jonathan is currently working with Nick Wilson, Jenny Plant and Laura Welsh. 

In December 2016, Jonathan won the Future Music UK songwriting award (previous winners include Birdy and Lucy Spraggan) for 'Painted By You', which he co-wrote with Lisa Canny. In 2018, Jonathan and Lisa were long-listed for the UMA Music Group Best Songwriter Award for their co-written song, 'Hungry'.

Jonathan is a professional songwriting tutor and coach, with extensive experience in artist and writer development. He is a senior member of the songwriting faculty at ICMP, where he has been integral to the design, management and development of songwriting education for the past 9 years. Jonathan was recently appointed to the position of Head of Undergraduate Programmes, with strategic and operational responsibility for ICMP's degree portfolio. 

Jonathan has also delivered masterclasses at Middlesex University, the BRIT School, HDPK in Berlin, the Vienna Music Institute, Malmo Academy of Music, ATLA Paris and Rock School Singapore. He also works with the songwriting department at Belmont University in Nashville.

Read our article where Jonathan lifts the lid on the dark art of Lyric writing.