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, ICMP is delighted to announce it is increasing its commitment to championing diversity, and supporting disadvantaged young people, with the introduction of a new range of bursaries for 2019.  


These bursaries opened on the 1st March 2019 and are now closed.

AIM Scholarship | Undergraduate Entrance Bursary

AIM and ICMP Scholarship

aim-logo-black.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 new 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, but does not cover any living costs, travel costs, equipment or reading provision associated with studying on the course.  


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 Guidance Notes 

Application Deadline 

The closing date for submitting an application was Friday 9th August 2019 - applications are now closed.

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 2019: 

What’s available 

Five Entrance Bursaries are available, these each provide £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


To be eligible applicants must be facing financial hardship which would normally prevent them from attending an audition at ICMP.  Scans and/or Screenshots of evidence (travel documents, tickets, official letters) are acceptable, providing they are legible and it is clear they are of an authentic/original document.  All evidence should be sent to

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 applying.  Therefore, you will need to complete your formal application first.

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

Application Deadline

Please note the application deadline has now passed for this fund.