We are extremely proud of our excellent research reputation, and for the calibre, professionalism and dedication that our researchers have to their fields of study.

Our researchers are at the forefront of making a difference to Contemporary and Popular Music Education, and we commend the work that they do. 

Populated by a team of music industry experts, academics and researchers, our R&D Unit influence the strategic direction of ICMP, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of music education.

External Research Services

The services and expertise of our R&D team are also available to external clients in the UK and internationally. We can assist with research, evaluation, training and consultancy on projects spanning all aspects of the music business,  music industry practice and music education. 

Our areas of expertise include: 

  • All aspects of the music business and music industry practice 
  • Popular music performance, production and composition 
  • Learning, teaching and assessment 
  • Popular music pedagogy and curriculum design 
  • Music teacher training and development 
  • HE policy and quality assurance 

The R&D Unit can offer clients a range of bespoke services: 

  • Consultancy packages 
  • Commissioned research, evaluation and reporting 
  • Bespoke music teacher training and development  
  • Conference and event hosting 
  • Press and media comment 

If you would like to discuss a potential opportunity with team please contact research@icmp.ac.uk 


ICMP Educational Conferences

In 2019, ICMP hosted the inaugural Reboot conference, the first UK event of its kind to explore the world of music business and entrepreneurship education. The event say an international line-up of both academics and notable music industry professionals.  Speakers included, Darren Hoffman from the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University, alongside academics from Birmingham City University, Leeds College of Music and Falmouth University. Music industry speakers included Music Ally’s Kush Patel, representatives from the BPI, ITB, and BMG, along with social media expert Adam Biddle from GH0ST. BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart also spoke, along with BMG/ICMP industry heavyweight Ian Ramage.

ICMP previously hosted the third biennial international research conference – Creativities, Musicalities, Entrepreneurships – in partnership with The Art of Management and Organization. The conference featured a half-day of cross-arts performances, a guided London walk, and 34 presentations over three days by scholars from the UK, Australia and the USA, including papers by Institute students and faculty. Keynote presenters from business, the arts and education were Jason Bavanandan (Sony recording/multimedia artist), Pamela Burnard (University of Cambridge), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine), Chris Sampson (University of Southern California) and Peter Cook (Academy of Rock). 

ICMP - authored report launched in parliament

ICMP staff secured £4,400 of research funding from the Independent Venues Week & Music Venues Trust (using a grant from Arts Council England) to research the experiences of independent music venue owners. In December 2015, members of the ICMP research team undertook interviews with venue owners at UK Venues Day at the Southbank Centre resulting in a report published by the Music Venues Trust launched in Parliament on Monday 9th March. 

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