Musicstage ICMP launches Masters (MA) in Songwriting scholarship

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  • Posted By : Musicstage
  • Posted On : Mar 08, 2017
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  • Category : Funding & finance » Scholarships
  • Description : Supported by songwriter, Miranda Cooper, the scholarship is worth £7.5k


  • The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), in partnership with BASCA, has announced the launch of a 'Diversity and Equality in Music Scholarship' for its Masters (MA) in Songwriting course.

    The ICMP hopes to encourage more individuals from under-represented backgrounds to engage with a postgraduate music degree through the scholarship which is worth £7.5k.

    Responding directly to the 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, ICMP will reserve one place on its Masters (MA) in Songwriting course in September 2017 for an applicant who meets at least one of the following diversity criteria:

    • Comes from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background
    • Has a disability
    • Has previously been in care or is currently a carer
    • Comes from a background less likely to enable attendance at university

    The scholarship is supported by songwriter, Miranda Cooper, who has spent more time in the UK chart than any female writer in history and is the songwriter behind Sound of the Underground and The Promise by Girls Aloud, Round Round by Sugababes and hit singles for artists including Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Alesha Dixon and Gabriella Cilmi.

    Miranda Cooper 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 apply for the ICMP's 'Diversity and Equality in Music Scholarship', please click here.

    Header photo: Miranda Cooper