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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)


The ICMP was founded in 1986 as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, and was the first institution to provide relevant, practical and professional training for contemporary musicians. We are extremely proud of our history and heritage, unrivalled in the music education sector. Over the 30 years we have been teaching, we have earned a reputation for quality, excellence and success, and, as a result, thousands of students have chosen to study with us, making ICMP the starting point for their careers in music.

This year at the ICMP, we are celebrating our 30th year of developing and delivering relevant, high-quality courses for music students. We pioneered the teaching methods, curriculum structure and philosophy that have now become the benchmark for contemporary music education. Our teaching faculty, our greatest asset, has always been unrivalled in the UK, and in fact anywhere else in the world. Our London location is central to our ability to provide students with an incredible range of opportunities to showcase their talent and build their networks. ICMP recently announced their partnership with Tileyard Studios, where students will benefit from studying in the heart of Europe’s largest creative community.

Our songwriting programs are designed to develop your creativity and artistry through guided songwriting practice, broaden the artistic and cultural scope of songwriting through academic research and enquiry. Unlike many programs students will learn to write songs in a wide range of genres and styles and develop their creative vice thought weekly individual and collaborative songwriting activity. Upon graduation, students leave with a finished portfolio of original work. ICMP is proud to count artists such as Daughter, Cathy Dennis, Denae Moore and Fraser T amongst their alumni.

ICMP is the proud home of the UK chapter of NSAI and regularly hosts an intimate Songwriters circle event that is open to the public.