If you’re applying to study ICMP’s BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Drums) course in 2022, you could have your entire three years of undergraduate tuition fees paid for thanks to The Cherisse Osei Scholarship. 

The programme is one of four BMus scholarships aimed at supporting one student from each BMus discipline to achieve their best, knowing their tuition fee payments are taken care of during their ICMP performance studies. Both UK-based and international drummers can submit an application, so why not apply today?

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We also have scholarships for other disciplines such as:

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 31 July 2022. 


If you have questions about our BMus Scholarships, or student life in general at ICMP, please don't hesitate to email our dedicated Admissions Team who will be happy to help.

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The Cherisse Osei Scholarship

Find out more about Cherisse

Playing to sell-out arenas and global audiences, professional drummer Cherisse Osei celebrates 16 years of international touring. Working with innovative, upcoming artists and industry legends including Paloma Faith, Bryan Ferry and Mika, she's currently touring worldwide with Simple Minds.

She has played the world’s best music festivals and featured on major American, UK and European TV shows. From Coachella and Glastonbury to the Isle of Wight, South by Southwest, Fuji Rock, Exit and Roskilde, she dazzles with versatility and verve. In 2018 she won first place in the best Live Session Drummer category in Rhythm Magazine’s and Music Radar’s polls. Cherisse Osei’s visual flamboyance and rock solid technique make her one of the most sought after drummers.

Cherisse was given her first drums at the age of five – a pink Mickey Mouse kit from her uncle – and has been playing ever since. By 12 she was performing in bands, and by 17 she was signed to Polydor Records in a band called The Faders. She has been exposed to many genres of music and her fascination with drumming styles only continues to grow.

Am I eligible? 

To be eligible, you must:

Hold an offer of a place on ICMP's BMus Popular Music Performance programme - if not, you can apply here.

Meet all scholarship conditions

How do I apply? 

 To apply, you must: 

  • Have been offered and accepted a place on our BMus Popular Music Performance programme - if not, you can request an audition here.
  • Submit a two-minute video introducing yourself as a drummer and explaining what being awarded the scholarship would mean to you.
  • Submit a performance video of up to five minutes in length, showcasing your drumming talents. You can perform an original song, a cover version or play to a backing track. You can perform solo or accompanied, as long as you’re the main focus of the video.

Your submission video can be one combined piece of up to seven minutes in length, if you’d prefer.

How will applications be judged?

Your application will be judged by a panel of experts, including the scholarship ambassador, ICMP tutors and academic staff, and industry professionals. The decision of our panel is final.

Your submission will be assessed on the musical quality of your performance and not the quality of your video. That said, your film’s audio and visual quality must be of a standard that allows our assessment panel to properly assess your application. Videos recorded on your smartphone are fine, as long as the sound quality is clear and not distorted, and the picture quality is presentable.

Videos can be placed on third-party hosting sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, etc., or uploaded to Google Drive, and the appropriate link provided with your submission.

Application Form