AIM x ICMP Partnership

ICMP and the Association of Independent Music (AIM) are delighted to come together to support the next generation of music industry talent through partnering on three Music Business courses. 

Commencing in 2024, the partnership will cover ICMP’s core music business courses, the BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship, the BA (Hons) Music Marketing and the BA (Hons) Live Event and Festival Management

Through the upcoming collaboration, students on each of the three courses will benefit from opportunities to get involved in AIM’s programme of events geared at empowering independent creators and entrepreneurs to level up in their careers. 

Students will also be able access and make vital connections within AIM’s network, with AIM organising talks by university guest speakers from its membership. The first of these took place in late 2023, with AIM Head of Membership Nina Radojewski speaking to students at a packed lecture theatre at ICMP’s Kilburn campus.

It is the latest chapter in an ongoing relationship, with AIM previously collaborating on an ICMP Music Business and Entrepreneurship scholarship for aspiring music entrepreneurs. The two organisations also launched an industry placement programme in 2022, which has created two month-long placements for the University’s music business students and those from under-represented backgrounds to gain professional experience with AIM’s rightsholder and distributor members.    

AIM represents more than a thousand music industry businesses and entrepreneurs within the UK independent sector, where many ICMP students and alumni build their careers. 

Strengthening AIM’s longstanding relationship with ICMP

Nina Radojewski, Head of Membership at AIM, commented: “We’re excited to strengthen AIM’s longstanding relationship with ICMP and build on our existing work together to support the next generation of music entrepreneurs. We hope that the new partnership will help students starting out in their careers by allowing them to learn directly from leading figures in independent music and to develop their knowledge across various areas of the business. This is another important step in AIM’s ongoing commitment to opening access to knowledge and resources in order to support the  thriving independent community of the future.”

Ken Foreman, ICMP's Associate Dean and the Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship, said: “We are delighted that AIM is partnering on these three inspiring programmes. AIM represents many different organisations operating within the independent sector and leads the way when it comes to best practice in the industry. Partnering with them will bring our students into their network and give them brilliant opportunities to develop their careers with their support.”

James Brister, ICMP’s Industry Liaison Manager, said:

We have a fantastic partnership with AIM which has seen our students benefit from meeting leading industry professionals alongside getting involved in industry events and more. It’s an exciting time for us to develop this relationship further by partnering on these programmes.”

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Equally focused on Music Business & Entrepreneurship

The music business is an incredibly competitive environment – and over the last 30 years, ICMP has developed and refined a cutting-edge degree that now focuses equally on entrepreneurship. We’re the first music school in the UK to recognise that you need to understand not just marketing, management, finance, digital, creativity and all the structures and quirks that make the industry unique, but also how to forge your own path, create your own job, and change the future for the better. With access to ICMP’s fully equipped music facilities, exclusive industry events, masterclasses and a peerless contact network, we have it all covered.

To completely immerse yourself in your music career, email our friendly Admissions Team at or call them on 020 7328 0222.

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