At ICMP we're committed to encouraging applications from students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in music education.

This scheme will aim to offer 40-60 places to students who have no previous experience of Higher Education, with free places available for a range of our non-accredited short music courses.

This Access and Participation activity is designed to: 

  • encourage applications from underrepresented groups in music education. 
  • provide opportunities to create, perform, record and promote contemporary music, raising participants’ confidence in their creative abilities. 
  • offer an insight into ICMP by learning about the range of qualifications on offer and relevant to employment opportunities within the creative industries ensuring applicants are well equipped to make decisions about their future studies. 


If you have questions around our short music courses, the Fine Tune Scheme, how to apply for the bursary, or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact our Admissions Team who will be happy to help.




These courses are usually up to £199, however, you could enrol for free, if you are eligible.

When you apply, you'll get:

  • Free access to a non-accredited short music course.
  • Dedicated admissions adviser providing you with information, advice, and guidance.
  • Hear from an ICMP ambassador, providing you with insight into music higher education life from a student's perspective.

Are you eligible? 

Applicants must meet the following core criteria to be eligible for our Short Course Bursary: 

  • They must have ‘Home’ funding status – the student finance companies (i.e. Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland) assess residency status. A Home student must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three-year period prior to the start of their course. EU students are classed as Home students if they’ve been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last five years and have applied for the EU settlement scheme. 
  • They must not have previous experience of Higher Education. 
  • They must meet at least one of our financial selection criteria.

Selection criteria 

To be considered for this programme, you must meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Be in care or a recent care leaver 
  • Be a mature-aged student (over 21 years) 
  • Be a student with a disability (this could include physical impairment, learning differences, long-term health condition etc.) 
  • Be a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic student 
  • Be estranged (under 25 years and have no contact with parents) 
  • Be a young carer (under 25 years and caring for a sick or disabled person) 
  • Be from a lower socio-economic background