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 2020/21 Scholarships and Bursaries aimed at championing diversity and supporting disadvantaged young people.


BAME Postgraduate ScholarshipAim ScholarshipSuccess Bursary | Young Independent Student Bursary | Undergraduate Entrance Bursary | Short Course Participation Bursary

BAME Postgraduate Scholarship

ICMP is delighted to relaunch its MA/MMus scholarship for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic 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 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students to consider progressing into academia as a career.

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

What’s available

The ICMP BAME Postgraduate Scholarship is a 30% fee waiver on tuition fees. The award will also involve being supported to propose and lead on your own paid mentoring project for undergraduate students. 


  • Candidates must hold an offer of a place to study a Masters degree at ICMP beginning in September 2021
  • Candidates must be a graduate of ICMP (or about to graduate from ICMP in 2021)
  • Candidates must be a ‘Home’ UK permanent resident
  • Candidates 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 application form

How to apply

  • Complete the application form to be considered for the scholarship
  • Submit the application by the deadline of 29th July 2021
  • Successful candidates will be notified by email after 11th August 2021

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AIM Scholarship


ICMP, 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, black, asian and minority ethnic students, 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 Friday 2nd July 2021. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.

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.


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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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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 2021:

  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance
  • BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship
  • BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship
  • BA (Hons) Songwriting
  • BA (Hons) Creative Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Music Production for Film, TV and Games

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


Applicants must meet the following core criteria:

  • be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate three year 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 must have completed your formal application to study at ICMP, before applying for the bursary.

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

The closing date for submitting an application is Friday 25th June 2021. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email within 3 days of receipt.



Short Course Participation Bursary

What’s available

ICMP is committed to encouraging applications from students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in music higher education. The ‘Fine Tune’ scheme offers eligible students a financial contribution towards accessing our non-accredited online short courses. The bursaries on offer this year are as follows:

  • A bursary which covers the full course fee

Applicants will need to meet the following eligibility criteria to the scheme:

  • have no previous experience of higher education
  • be UK-Domiciled
  • be a care leaver, meet our financial income criteria or be receiving means tested state benefits
  • self-identify with a target Access and Participation category (e.g. IMD quintile 1&2, mature, BAME, disabled, care leaver, estranged)

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

How to apply

Applications are via our Short Course Participation Bursary Application form below:


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