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ICMP and Audient propose scholarship

Facilities upgrade and ASP8024 installation key components of collaboration

The Kilburn-based Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has introduced the Audient Scholarship, in association with the British audio equipment manufacturer. Representing sponsored tuition for a one-year Professional Diploma in Music Production at the north London facility, the Scholarship begins at the start of the next academic year, September 2016, and leads to a ‘Cert HE Creative Music Production which is the foundation for two years of further study on the BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course.

The creation of the Audient endowment coincides with a major refit and overhaul of the ICMP recording studios: central to this is a control room with an Audient ASP8024 analogue mixing desk, and two adjoining live rooms. It’s a ‘traditional’ analogue set-up (tie-lines, patchbay, desk), along with Pro Tools HD, Logic and Ableton packages, further outboard and a comprehensive microphone cupboard. Three production rooms and a new technical lab are also part of the project, which is being designed and built by Slow Glass Creative of Highbury.

New facilities manager, Mike Sinnott (ex-Alchemea), says: “The ASP8024 is a great sounding console with great mic pres. It also looks great and provides the flexibility to configure to our taste.”

Open to applicants from all financial, social and cultural backgrounds, the recipient of the Audient Scholarship will apply through the ICMP website with a link to Soundcloud for their work and a short personal statement around why they should be selected, with full details available here.

“In the first year we estimate an enrolment of around 25 students on the course, however this will increase when students can apply via UCAS next year. After three years we could expect the number of students using this console to be around 100 per year,” adds Sinnott.

Audient’s marketing manager, Andy Allen (pictured, left, with Sinnott) says, “We have always been proud supporters of music education and our new partnership with ICMP offers an exciting opportunity for one lucky student to start their career on the right path. The facilities on offer at ICMP are outstanding and to have an Audient console at the heart of them is a testament to Audient’s investment in education.”