Celebrating International Black History Month 2023

October is International Black History Month in the UK, a month where we celebrate and recognise the achievements of African and Caribbean heritage people's role in helping to shape UK culture, history, and economic development.

This period is also a time for education in this country, educating the UK population on how the relationships between Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States helped create modern Britain.

Throughout the month, we'll be adding further articles to this page, however, our collective commitment transcends October and we'll continue adding relevant content throughout the year.

Black History Month Playlist 2023

Join us to celebrate the rising stars of the ICMP community.

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Saluting Our Sisters

This year, Black History Month’s theme is 'Saluting our Sisters', a theme paying "homage to Black women who have had their contributions ignored, ideas appropriated, and voices silenced".

Here, we celebrate many of the unsung musical heroes who are changing the conversation around race, perceptions and talent within music.

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The Best Black Composers You've Never Heard Of

Join us to celebrate some of Classical music's finest Black Composers. 


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10 Resources for Black Creators

From artistic collectives to professional communities, these ten resources may prove invaluable for black musicians and creatives.


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London, Windrush and Sound System Culture

Learn more about how the Windrush generation shaped London’s music scene from the past to the present day…

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Nicky Brown talks Blues and Gospel with Shane Beales

UK’s Best Black Female Artists in 2023

We profile some of the highest-profile Black female artists currently making music in the UK.


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Essence Martins performs 'Wandering Souls'

Respect Yourself • Respect Others • Respect Difference

At ICMP we take a Zero Tolerance approach to discrimination.

Any students or staff experiencing any form of discrimination are encouraged to report this via our confidential process.


Interview: Skin

We quiz the Skunk Anansie legend on her career, OBE and singing for Nelson Mandela...

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ICMP Inspirations: Rebel MC/Congo Natty

From reggae and dancehall through to jungle and jump up, Rebel MC has been a pioneering force through the bassier end of British music for more than 20 years.


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Levi Yarde and Matty Brown

Stormzy's bassist and drummer give us the inside scoop on surviving in today's music industry as a session musician. 

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Edidion performs 'Bugatti'

ICMP alumna Tiana Major9 features on Small Axe Soundtrack

BA Songwriting alumna Tiana Major9 was among the artists to feature on the official soundtrack for director Steve McQueen’s hit series, 'Small Axe'. 

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Essential Music Career Advice From Divinity Roxx

Beyoncé bassist and music industry legend Divinity Roxx shares her top tips on launching a successful music career.

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Sarah Brown • How to be a Session Vocalist

From working with Pink Floyd, George Michael and Stevie Wonder to Duran Duran and Simply Minds, vocalist Sarah Brown is one of the best singers in the business.

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Interview with Richard Fairlie

Our BA Songwriting alumnus tells us about his successful DIY journey in the music industry...


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