At ICMP, we’re committed to ensuring that as many students as possible are able to access our courses, regardless of their financial, social or cultural circumstances. We’re also an equal access institution and believe in supporting, guiding and assisting deserving students in their studies. 

To this end, each year we try to develop a series of awards, scholarships, bursaries and support activities to enable access to our courses. Many of these awards are supported by our industry partners, whose support in this regard is second to none. 

Please note, we do not have any current Scholarships or Bursaries open for application.

Previous awards have included: 

Diversity and Equality in Music - Scholarship by Miranda Cooper

In 2017 we were delighted to be able to offer the ICMP ‘Diversity and Equality in Music Scholarship’ , supported by BASCA and acclaimed songwriter Miranda Cooper. This scholarship was established to improve the diversity of those in songwriting and composing for our unique Masters (MA) in Songwriting course and was worth £7.5k.

The purpose of this scholarship was to take positive steps to encourage more individuals from under-represented backgrounds to engage with a postgraduate music degree. It responds directly to the urgent need to increase the proportion of women and those from ethnic minority backgrounds studying music or composition as highlighted in BASCA’s 2016 Equality and Diversity in New Music Commissioning report.

This scholarship demonstrates our continued aim of encouraging increased numbers of students from both within and outside of London to further their education and build successful careers in the music industry. It is supported by acclaimed songwriter Miranda Cooper, who has spent more time on the UK chart than any female writer in history, and is the songwriter behind ‘Sound of the Underground’ and ‘The Promise’ for Girls Aloud, ‘Round Round’ for the Sugababes and numerous other hit singles for artists including The Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Alesha Dixon and Gabriella Cilmi. Miranda was signed for many years to famed writing and production house Xenomania, by whom she was often described as their ‘chief lyricist’.

Regarding the scholarship, Miranda said:

I feel very passionately that songwriting should be accessible to everybody, regardless of their age, gender, class or ethnicity. I am delighted to back this scholarship which gives someone the chance to fulfil their musical dreams". 

To be eligible for this bursary, applicants needed to meet at least one of several diversity criteria:

  • A BAME background
  • A disability
  • Previously been in care or are currently a carer
  • Or come from backgrounds less likely to enable attendance at university.

The winner of this scholarship was Imogen Davies (aka Foxgluvv), read more about her success here.

Please note that this is an example scholarship and not open to applications.


The Hattie Longfield Songwriting Bursary

Hattie Longfield was a successful London visual artist, a talented emerging songwriter and a much loved and respected member of our Songwriting Community at ICMP. 

The bursary awarded in 2017, was formed from money raised by Hattie’s friends, colleagues and family, and was designed to reflect her outlook on life and creativity. It's also a fitting tribute to her desire to share and encourage her fellow writers.

This bursary allowed a talented female songwriter to benefit from 3 years of full-time tuition at ICMP. To be eligible for the bursary, applicants needed to be:

  • Female
  • Under 30 years old
  • UK National
  • Applying to study their first degree

The winner of this bursary was Victoria Keene.

Please note that this is an example bursary and not open to applications.