At ICMP, we are fully committed to ensuring that as wide a range of students as possible are able to access our courses, regardless of their financial, social or cultural circumstances. We are also an equal access institution and believe in supporting, guiding and assisting deserving students in the achievement of their goals.

To this end, we have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses.

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Diversity and Equality in Music - Scholarship by Miranda Cooper

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new ICMP ‘Diversity and Equality in Music Scholarship’ , supported by BASCA to improve the diversity of those in songwriting and composing for our unique Masters (MA) in Songwriting course, worth £7.5k and supported by acclaimed songwriter Miranda Cooper

The purpose of this scholarship is 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". 

Application criteria:

We have reserved one place on our Masters (MA) in Songwriting course in September 2017 for an applicant who meets 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.

How to apply:

Application for this scholarship opens on March 8th 2017 and will close on May 31st 2017. Judging will take place during the first two weeks of June, and will be jointly conducted by Miranda Cooper and an ICMP Songwriting representative, who will assess all entries against the above-stated criteria.

The winner will be announced week commencing June 19th 2017.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A personal statement
  • A lyric sheet
  • Either a demo recording of any quality including a simple audio recording from a phone or other dictation device, or a video of them performing the song

Applications for the academic year 2017/2018 are now closed.


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 set up in her name is from donated money which has been raised by Hattie’s friends, colleagues and family, and is designed to reflect her outlook on life and creativity. It is a fitting tribute to her desire to share and encourage her fellow writers.

This bursary will allow a talented female songwriter to benefit from 3 years of full time tuition at ICMP as well as joining the community, which includes numerous networking and performing events, and which Hattie helped us to build here in London. It would ideally suit someone who is keen to use this brilliant opportunity to get fully involved in developing their writing, attending and participating in events and collaborating with as many artists as possible. 

To be eligible for this bursary, applicants should be:

  • Female
  • Under 30 years old
  • UK National
  • Applying to study their first degree
  • Have achieved/expecting to achieve 120 UCAS points (or equivalent experience for applicants aged 21 and over)

Hattie was a talented and inspiring friend to our department and we are thrilled that this award will continue her name and association with us.

Applications for the academic year 2017/2018 are now closed.