Many young 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.

ICMP/AIM Music Business Scholarship | Summer School Bursary | Undergraduate Entrance Bursary

ICMP/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, 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 Wednesday 1st July 2020. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.

Summer School Bursary

This year we're offering a range of bursaries for our Music Summer Schools, these week-long courses offer a great opportunity for students to improve their musical techniques, explore their creativity, hone their performance skills and spend time with like-minded musicians.

These courses are for musicians and songwriters aged 16+ and we recommend that applicants have a minimum of six months’ playing/writing experience to fully benefit from what the programmes have to offer. 

These bursaries apply to the following courses, all starting July 2020: 

Bursaries available per course 

  • Five 'Course fee' bursaries (to cover course fees, worth £299) per course


To be eligible, applicants must be aged 16+ and be facing financial hardship preventing them from applying to ICMP.  Applicants will be eligible to apply if they meet the residency requirements for a 'Home Student' and one or more of the following criteria apply:

  • In Care or a Care Leaver
  • A household (pre-tax) income of less than £25,000.  The gross income of all those in your household (e.g. your parents or your partner).
  • Your Home address is considered to have a low participation rate (as defined by the Office for Students).
  • In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner.
  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.
  • In receipt of Free School Meals.

How to apply

Applications are via our Summer School Bursary Application Form​

Please also read the accompanying Application Guidance Notes

The closing date for submitting an application is Friday 26th June 2020.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.  All supporting evidence must be received by the closing date.

Scans and/or Screenshots of evidence (see guidance notes for further information) are acceptable, providing they are legible and it is clear they are of an authentic/original document.  All evidence should be sent to

Undergraduate Entrance Bursary

ICMP's Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries offer significant financial support to undergraduate students who are liable for the full tuition fee and meet the additional criteria outlined below. The support will come in the form of a partial fee waiver, or direct cash support across the academic year.  

This bursary applies to the following courses starting September 2020: ​

What’s available 

Five Entrance Bursaries are available, each provides £1,500 per year which can be taken as a:

  • Direct payment, paid in three (3) instalments of £500, in October, January and April
  • Fee waiver, reducing the amount of tuition fee loan required

The bursary is available for each year of study providing that:

  • The assessed household income remains under the threshold of £25,000
  • An acceptable level of attendance is maintained
  • Satisfactory academic progress


Applicants must meet the following core criteria:

  • Be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate degree at ICMP.
  • 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.
  • Have submitted an application to Student Finance, had a full financial assessment and consented to share this information with ICMP*.  The details submitted to Student Finance will be used to assess eligibility.
  • A household income of less than £25,000.  The gross income of all those in your household (e.g. your parents or your partner) before tax and national insurance deductions but minus a few allowable deductions. More information is available from

*If consent was not given on the form, permission can be granted after an application has been submitted. Contact Student Finance for further advice and guidance.​

How to Apply

Applications will be via our Entrance Bursary Application form. Please note, you will need to have been formally offered a place to study at ICMP before submitting.  Therefore, you will need to have completed your formal application before applying - start your application today here.

In addition, the applicant must have submitted an application to Student Finance by the stated deadline date.

Please also read the accompanying Entrance Bursary Application Guidance Notes

The closing date for submitting an application is Friday 26th June 2020.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.