Many people from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds are interested in pursuing the study of music to realise their potential and achieve their goals.

As a result, we are delighted to announce the launch of our 2020 Bursaries aimed at championing diversity and supporting disadvantaged young people.


Please note, applications for these bursaries are now open.

Please click on the relevant application form below.

Success Bursary | Young Independent Student Bursary | Short Course Bursary | AIM Music Business Scholarship | BAME Postgraduate Scholarship | MPG Music Production Scholarship

Success Bursary

What’s available 

The ICMP Success Bursary comprises a non-repayable award of £300 per semester to our full-time UK- and EU-domiciled undergraduate students who submit all their assessments on time.


To be eligible, students must: 

  • Be a Home/EU student attending a full-time ICMP undergraduate programme
  • Be receiving Student Finance funding

See below for our full terms and conditions.

How to apply

There is no application process; the bursary is awarded automatically to all eligible students who submit all their assessments on time in Semester A and Semester B.


Please direct any enquiries related to this bursary to

Young Independent Student Bursary

What's available

The Young Independent Student Bursary offers a non-repayable bursary of £1500 per progressive year of study to eligible students.


Estranged Students:

  • If you're under the age of 25
  • Classified as an independent student on the grounds of estrangement by Student Finance England
  • Enrolling at ICMP and have been assessed as 'home' for fee purposes

Care Leavers

  • Classed as a 'Care Leaver'
  • Enrolling at ICMP and have been assessed as 'home' for fee purposes

Please note that this bursary is in addition to any other entitlement to financial support you may have. We will also consider offering financial support to care-experienced students that do not meet the official care leaver definition.

You can find out more about this bursary on this page.

How to apply

Applications are via our Young Independent Study Bursary Application form below.


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MPG Scholarship

mpg-logo.pngICMP and MPG have partnered on a scholarship for one recipient to receive the course tuition ‘paid for’ with respect to the first year of the BACMP which is the Cert HE Creative Music Production.

What’s available 

The MPG Scholarship offers a full Cert HE Creative Music Production tuition fee waiver.


Applicants need to meet the academic requirements for entry and come from an area of low participation in Higher Education, with a household income of below £25,000.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed and a short-list of 6 will then go on to have a short interview with Programme Leader James Rees who will ask them to provide feedback (production notes, as per the standard audition for the course) on a track that he sends them in real-time, via a video chat.

Three finalists will be sent to MPG who will have the final decision on who the scholarship is awarded to.

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete the below application form which must include a video link to them describing why they feel they are deserving of the scholarship, and a link to TWO originally produced tracks, in any style/genre/vibe.


Application deadline

The closing date for this scholarship is Monday 17th August 2020. The successful candidate will be contacted by the end of August 2020.

Please direct enquiries related to this scholarship to

Short Course Bursary

ICMP's Short Course Bursaries offer eligible students a financial contribution to overcome specific barriers to accessing our online courses.

Multiple bursaries apply for the following online courses starting in summer 2020​

What’s available 

The Short Course Bursaries offer full online course tuition fee waivers.


Applicants must meet the following core criteria to be eligible for a 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.
  • They must not have previous experience of Higher Education.
  • They must meet at least one of our financial selection criteria (see below).

Selection criteria

To be considered for a Short Course Bursary, 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 disability (which could include a physical impairment, learning differences or a 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

How to apply

Applications are via our Short Course Bursary Application form below and must be submitted before the course start date.


Application deadline

The closing date for this bursary is Friday 31 July 2020. We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application by email within three days. Successful candidates will be contacted by email before the course start date.

Please direct enquiries related to these bursaries to

AIM Music Business Scholarship

aim-black-logo.pngICMP, together with music industry partner AIM (The Association of Independent Music), is delighted to offer an outstanding opportunity for a deserving person to develop their skills and potential through our exciting Music Business and Entrepreneurship scholarship.

The ICMP and AIM scholarship has been created for those who are passionate and driven, with a keen interest in music business, but who might not normally be in a position to consider Higher Education as part of their career development. 

What’s available

The scholarship offers the opportunity for one winner to study free-of-charge on our one-year Cert HE Music Business and Entrepreneurship course. The funding available covers tuition fees only. Any living costs, travel costs, equipment or reading provision associated with studying on the course will need to be self-funded or accessed via the Student Loans Company.


To be eligible, applicants will need to meet the academic requirements for entry and have a background of low participation in Higher Education, with a household income of below £25,000. Applicants from all ethnicities, genders and backgrounds should apply. Those from underrepresented groups including, for example, BAME, disabled students, care leavers and mature age students, are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply

If you’d like to be in with a chance of receiving this fantastic scholarship, simply complete the application form and upload a one to two-minute video of yourself describing why you think you have the skills, interest, ideas and dedication to be a music business entrepreneur and why you believe you are a worthy scholarship recipient.

Applications will be via our ICMP and AIM Scholarship Application form, please read the guidance notes in conjunction with completing the form.


Application Deadline

The closing date for submitting an application is Monday 17th August 2020. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.

BAME Postgraduate Scholarship

ICMP is delighted to announce a new MA/MMus scholarship for BAME students. There is a dramatic under-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) music scholars at the academic professional level. ICMP is committed to enhancing BAME presence in its postgraduate cohorts and supporting BAME students to progress into academia as a career.

The college is offering up to three scholarships across its multiple subject areas (Popular Music Performance, Songwriting and Creative Music Production).

What’s available 

The ICMP BAME Postgraduate Scholarship is a 50% fee waiver on tuition fees. The award also includes opportunities to gain teaching experience, extended academic supervision and mentoring.


Candidates must hold an offer of a place to study a Masters degree at ICMP beginning in September 2020 and;

• must be a graduate of ICMP (or about to graduate from ICMP in 2020)
• must be a ‘Home’ UK permanent resident
• must self-identify as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) student

For more details see our full terms and conditions.

Selection criteria

Awardees will be selected by an ICMP panel based on:

• Academic achievement;
• Scholarship scheme personal statement.

Application deadline

Applications have now closed for our 2020/21 entry.