When you’re starting a career in music, it is indisputable that London is the place to be.
As well as being one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, London is at the heart of the global music industry. It’s constantly at the cutting edge of music, defining popular culture throughout the world and offering unparalleled opportunities to make the right connections.
ICMP’s London location is a real asset, as it means our students are in the best place to start off and thrive in their musical careers. From the celebrated locations of Denmark Street, Soho and Camden to the up-and-coming hotspots of East London, students have the opportunity to help create the future of London as a musical landmark and innovator.
A major international hub of popular music and culture, London is home to many of the top record labels, as well as world-famous music venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Ronnie Scotts and Abbey Road Studios. This means our students have unrivalled opportunities to play and perform on some of the greatest stages, be seen by leading music industry executives and scouts, gain direct experience, and build that all-important network of contacts – a crucial element of commercial and critical success.
ICMP is connected to all the major record labels, publishers, promoters and management companies active in London, and we make those contacts available to all our students. As a result, ICMP students have recently had the opportunity to play and perform at Wembley Arena, the O2, the Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Brixton Academy, and many other top London locations.
LONDON’S £1BILLION LIVE MUSIC SCENE
London’s world-renowned live music scene continues to flourish. In 2016, London was the third busiest city in the world for live music, with a total of 19,940 live music events – only beaten by New York (28,529) and Los Angeles (20,843).* The city’s live music scene generated over £1billion in 2016**, demonstrating that London is truly where the opportunities exist for musicians, artists and music entrepreneurs.
* Data from Songkick, via IQ Mag
** UK Music’s 2017 ‘Wish You Were Here’ report