ICMP & USC (University of Southern California) Collaboration Project 2017

Now in its 11th year, ICMP annual collaboration project with the University of Southern California (USC) is a fully immersive, intensive programme in which students experience the working life of an independent creative artist.

A unique collaborative project

A group of students from the Thornton School of Music at USC travel to London to spend just over a week working with a selected group of students drawn from ICMP’s range of courses. USC Thornton is the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, and consistently ranks among the top one percent of music schools and conservatories in the USA.


The UK participants will initially spend two days with USC Professor Richard Smith in order to prepare to work with the visiting students. The programme incorporates educational workshops, collaborative songwriting sessions, marketing activities, and performances at venues across the city and a day spent recording their material at Tileyard Studios.

Richard is an outstanding and inspirational guitar player and musician; his thirteen solo recordings have all achieved critical success, with his album ‘SOuLIDIFIED’ spending 17 weeks in the top 10 for radio airplay of American contemporary jazz radio.

Building professional networks across the globe

The programme gives students from USC a chance to experience London, the heart of global music, often for the first time. For all students, it is an opportunity to work with fellow aspiring musicians to produce high-quality material to brief, with workshop topics including songwriting methods, performance critique, musical direction, as well as music business advice delivered by ICMP’s careers and industry liaison team. Participants will develop writing, communication and improvisation skills, but also build their professional network across the globe, with many US participants making a return visit to London or UK students later visiting LA based on the friendships and connections formed throughout the week.


Providing ICMP students with a unique opportunity to collaborate

Students from ICMP’s BMus Popular Music Performance degree degree, Creative Musicianship degree degree, Songwriting degree and Music Business degree courses are invited to participate in this free programme. Individuals are then selected according to their ability and professional attitude as well as which instruments are required to complement and form bands with those from USC Thornton.

The live gigs will take place throughout the programme and are free to attend, visit our events page for further details of these gigs.

ICMP have been developing the programme alongside Professor Richard Smith for many years now. Richard had the following to say of his annual visit to ICMP:

The USC/ICMP Collaboration is the most important, substantial, intense and rewarding thing I do as a professor of music. In our 10-days together here in London I get to witness incredible growth in the areas of creativity, team-building, problem solving, leadership, stage performance and strategic global alliances that last a lifetime."

If you would like to be involved in exciting collaborative projects like this, then let us help you find the right course for you. Our Admissions Team are on hand to help you, call them on 020 7328 0222 or email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk - we still have places available to start in September 2017!

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