ICMP has developed an international reputation and a network of global contacts during more than 30 years of developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music. With around 40% of ICMP students being international, choosing a course of study here is truly an international experience.

Arguably the most internationally connected music school in the UK, ICMP partners with some of the finest music education providers in more than 16 countries. We work closely with a range of prestigious partner schools worldwide, including the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) , ATLA in Paris, the Academy of Rock in Singapore, Vocal Art Studios in Melbourne, and the Vienna Music Institute (VMI). 


Through this outward exposure, we help students build their global networking contacts and gain access to outside industry collaborations - for example, those in fashion, theatre, exhibitions, media and animation - and shine a light on some of the less conventional routes into music, such as composing for games, phones, television, film and the internet. It also provides ICMP graduates with opportunities for collaboration, further study and career progression internationally.

We also organise exciting field trips; past opportunities have included visits to Nashville, Tennessee – the world capital of songwriting - where students engaged in a busy schedule, attending lectures and seminars at Belmont University, and co-writing with Belmont students and professionals. 

Our students attended a multitude of shows and writers’ rounds showcasing some of the world’s most successful songwriters, such as Matraca Berg, Brett James, and Kelsea Ballerini. The trips have led to students making key industry connections, and have contributed to significant international collaboration opportunities. Students also had the chance to play at legendary Nashville venues including The Bluebird Cafe, and visit the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – a professional organisation of 720,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Additionally, we regularly engage in knowledge sharing and competitions of all kinds - both in-person and online - with our partner schools. There is always something new and exciting on the international horizon for students to get involved in to enhance their education and careers!

Check out some of the prestigious international partners we're proud to work with. 


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Nashville Songwriters Trip

Throughout the years, we have given students the opportunity to travel with us to Nashville to experience the home of songwriting. Our students spent time at Belmont University, learning, collaborated with their students, and attend a variety of songwriting events including visits to the legendary Bluebird Cafe.

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Travel Tunes

Travel Tunes is an annual event bringing together music students from across Europe to learn, collaborate and perform. In 2019, ICMP welcomed students from our network of international partner schools to Travel Tunes London, a showcase of live music, networking and collaboration.

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The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting and to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter and to act as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large.

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Industry Engagement

We always seek out new partnerships that offer ICMP students unique and exclusive opportunities to engage with the global music industry.

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Interested in becoming an international partner of ICMP?

We are always keen to explore more collaborations with international music education providers.

If you'd like to discuss a partnership between your institution and ICMP, contact us at international@icmp.ac.uk.