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The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), in partnership with Mapex, Paiste and Drummer Magazine, is proud to announce the launch of the 2010 ICMP drum scholarships programme. These sought after awards are for study on the ICMP’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma drum course, commencing October 2010, with one fully-funded place to be awarded to the winner (worth £5,250) plus a partially funded place for the runner-up (worth £2,625).

The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the ICMP to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The ICMP, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists. This faculty includes such names as Thomas Lang, Chuck Sabo and Dom Famularo.

ICMP alumni can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, Eric Clapton, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue, and Babyshambles. Previous drum scholarship winner Nathan Williams has gone on to become an endorsee of Mapex, working with Estelle, Lee Ryan and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 5th March 2010 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from www.icmp.co.uk.

This is a fantastic opportunity to win a free place on one of the most prestigious drum courses in Europe and the winner of the scholarship will also have the opportunity to write a regular column in one of the UK’s biggest drum magazines, Drummer.

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The ICMP is widely recognised as one of Europe's leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the ICMP has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Drum Institute, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present ICMP students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.

About Mapex

For over 15 years, Mapex has been creating acoustic drum products that give drummers the confidence to be their best. With a Mapex drum set in front of you, you'll have the confidence to express every degree of your creativity. With Mapex, you'll own the stage. Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned player, Mapex makes a drum set that not only fits your skill level, but fits your budget as well. From the versatile VX series to the elite Orion Series, Mapex is a drum company that you can start with and grow with for a lifetime.

About Paiste

The principle of our family business is to continually create new sound with cymbals, gongs, and bronze percussion instruments according to the creative needs of drummers and percussionists. Many drummers, percussionists, enthusiasts, and collectors consider Paiste the most innovative cymbal company today. We originate innovation by our own creative experimental efforts, and through pure research. We invent and discover new alloys, new instrument shapes, and new production methods and are delighted to see that our innovations expand the sound horizon of so many musicians.

About Drummer

Drummer is the only UK drum magazine for drummers by drummers. It is quickly establishing itself as the UK's hottest and loudest publication around the drumming industry. Every month it is filled with interviews from top players across the globe. Drummer reviews all the newest gear and covers a wide spectrum of genres from rock to jazz, world music and more.

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