The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), Musicman and Bass Guitar Magazine are proud to announce the launch of the 2010 bass scholarships programme. These sought after scholarships are for study on the ICMP’s world-renowned one year Higher Diploma bass course. There will be one fully funded place for the winner (worth £5,250) with 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 Janek Gwizdala, Laurence Cottle and Dave Marks.
Previous ICMP students can be found throughout today's music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue and Paolo Nutini. Previous bass scholarship winner Beni Giles has gone on to play in Gary Go’s band as the support act for Lady Gaga, playing regularly in front of crowds of more than 10,000 people.
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 bass courses in Europe and the winner of the scholarship will also have the opportunity to write a regular column in the UK’s biggest Bass magazine, Bass Guitar.
For further information on how to apply or to download an application form contact:

020 7328 0222

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 Guitar Institute and Basstech, 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 Musicman
Music Man is recognized as the benchmark of modern bass guitar design and manufacturing since introducing the StingRay bass in 1976. Music Man was founded by Leo Fender, Forrest White and Tom Walker in 1972, and acquired in 1984 by Ernie Ball Inc. The company has since developed many groundbreaking guitars and basses. For more information, contact the Ernie Ball Company at (805) 544-7726, or visit their website at www.ernieball.com. Editors may also contact On the Horizon Communications at (805) 773-1000.

About Bass Guitar Magazine
Bass Guitar Magazine is a true music publishing success story. Like its sister title Acoustic Magazine, BGM, now in its sixth year, is written by musicians and specialist music journalists who truly love everything about this most special instrument. Covering every genre possible, from Hard Rock through to Jazz and everything in between and either side! - the magazine gives unrivalled, expert advice, critic and comment by those who truly understand the importance of the bass guitar and its place in modern music. The magazine is packed with reviews, evaluations, tests, interviews with world-class artists and special features of every kind. A vital read for the enthusiast and professional alike – BGM is a unique publication in the English speaking music world.