If you’re applying to study ICMP’s BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Bass) course in 2022, you could have your entire three years of undergraduate tuition fees paid for thanks to The Yolanda Charles Scholarship. 

The programme is one of four BMus scholarships aimed at supporting one student from each BMus discipline to achieve their best, knowing their tuition fee payments are taken care of during their ICMP performance studies. Both UK-based and international bass players can apply, so why not give it a go?

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Applications close at midnight on Sunday 31 July 2022. 


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The Yolanda Charles Scholarship

Find out more about Yolanda

UK Bassist Yolanda Charles has been working as a session musician since1990 starting her career playing for Jimmy Sommerville, Aztec Camera and Paul Weller. During a career spanning the next 30 years work with an eclectic mix of artists followed including, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, Anastasia, Sinead O’Connor, Daryl Hall, Musical Director for the Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart and TV houseband work with Jonathan Ross, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Nicole Scherzinger (Pussy Cat Dolls).

Yolanda’s more recent work includes performing with composer Hans Zimmer beginning in 2014 with European world tours in the following years to date. She has also worked on various film soundtracks including  “A Knight’s Tale” “Alfie” “Home” “War on Everyone” “Boss Baby”& I ; II and most recently Dune. In 2017 she recorded an album with British band Squeeze, “The Knowledge” touring in the UK and US throughout 2017-2019.

In 2020 Yolanda was a recipient of an MBE (Member Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire) - for services to music. Her current work includes writing and performing as leader of funk/RnB band; PROJECT PH. She runs a  mentoring and music business consultancy, whilst continuing the usual live and recording session work. She has worked with young people at colleges and universities, lecturing and presenting workshops to encourage solid growth in musicianship and performance development.

Am I eligible? 

To be eligible, you must:

Hold an offer of a place on ICMP's BMus Popular Music Performance programme - if not, you can apply here.

Meet all scholarship conditions

I am so pleased to have my name associated with an ICMP scholarship award for the next generation of young musicians preparing to become professional bassists. My personal focus has long been towards helping musicians develop their skills as instrumentalists, performers, songwriters and other music business professionals. This is a fantastic opportunity or the recipients and will set them off on a confident path towards great success in their future careers.” 

- Yolanda Charles

How do I apply? 

 To apply, you must: 

  • Have been offered and accepted a place on our BMus Popular Music Performance programme - if not, you can request an audition here.
  • Submit a two-minute video introducing yourself as a bassist and explaining what being awarded the scholarship would mean to you.
  • Submit a performance video of up to five minutes in length, showcasing your bass talents. You can perform an original song, a cover version or play to a backing track. You can perform solo or accompanied, as long as you’re the main focus of the video.

Your submission video can be one combined piece of up to seven minutes in length, if you’d prefer.

How will applications be judged?

Your application will be judged by a panel of experts, including the scholarship ambassador, ICMP tutors and academic staff, and industry professionals. The decision of our panel is final.

Your submission will be assessed on the musical quality of your performance and not the quality of your video. That said, your film’s audio and visual quality must be of a standard that allows our assessment panel to properly assess your application. Videos recorded on your smartphone are fine, as long as the sound quality is clear and not distorted, and the picture quality is presentable.

Videos can be placed on third-party hosting sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, etc., or uploaded to Google Drive, and the appropriate link provided with your submission.

Application Form