Located in London and established thirty years ago, the ICMP has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Our reputation has been built on providing world class education and training using the very best teachers and industry-standard facilities. We now offer a range of professional courses including a Master’s degrees in Popular Music Performance and Songwriting, degrees in Popular Music Performance, Creative Musicianship, Songwriting, Music Business, and Creative Music Production, Cert HE courses in Songwriting and Creative Musicianship, a specialist one-year Higher Diploma, Professional Diplomas in Music Practice and Music Production, a fully-funded one-year Diploma, plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists, songwriters and aspiring music business executives and entrepreneurs.

Our Mission

At the ICMP, we are constantly focused on the needs of our students, who have chosen to commit a significant part of their lives to the study of music and who are embarking on a challenging and demanding journey. Our mission therefore is very simple: we aim to inspire, encourage and equip our students to succeed by delivering a relevant and innovative educational experience of the highest quality. Our goal is your success.

Who are we?

The ICMP is an independent, specialist education provider. Founded thirty years ago, we are located in the heart of London's live music scene, and we provide our students with state of the art teaching, practice and performance facilities to support a wide range of courses.

Why choose the ICMP?

Here at the ICMP, every student is guided, supported and valued. We work with you towards the achievement of your personal goals. With 1-to-1 tuition available, small class sizes, and individual learning plans, our industry professional tutors will personalise your learning to suit you. Our London location allows you to study in the heart of the global music industry, and our deep connections to the highest levels of the music industry allow you to get the best possible start for your career.

Our industry connections and support

Being located in London, the world's music capital, is of huge importance to aspiring musicians and creative artists. At the Institute we have regular contact with promoters, managers, A&R, record label executives, publishers and other music industry professionals. We also have a dedicated Industry and Careers Service, which is available to support and guide students and alumni in developing the best vehicles to showcase their material and develop their professional profiles.

Our accreditations

The ICMP is a fully engaged member of the UK higher education community. Our degree courses are accredited by the University of East London, with the BA Music Business degree validated by the University of South Wales. We are also the first UK popular music higher education provider to successfully undergo Higher Education Review and as such are part of a select group of providers who can use the Quality Assurance Agency’s ‘UK Quality Assured’ kite mark.

Widening participation


At the 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 have developed a series of awards, scholarships, bursaries and support activities to enable access to our courses.