The Guitar Institute, part of London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is delighted to announce, in partnership with Yamaha and, the launch of its 2009 guitar scholarship programme.

The lucky winner will receive a free place, worth £5,250, on the Institute’s famous Higher Diploma course starting in October 2009, whilst the runner-up will receive a £2,600 award for study on the same programme. Applications are invited from students both from the UK and internationally.

 The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, originally developed by the Institute 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. Institute alumni can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with artists of the calibre of Babyshambles, Lemar, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, Keane and KT Tunstall.
This guitar scholarship is part of the annual programme of Institute scholarship awards and represents a fantastic opportunity for deserving students to access world class training and tuition at one of the world’s leading schools of contemporary music. Closing date for entries is Friday 6th March 2009 and there is always a great demand, so any interested guitarists should apply now by downloading the application form at Remember, if you don’t apply, you definitely can’t win!

About The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:
The Institute is widely recognised as Europe's finest school of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the Institute 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, 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 one year Diploma, a specialist one year Higher Diploma, plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Katie Melua and Moby, playing with bands like Radiohead and Babyshambles and artists like K. T. Tunstall and Beverley Knight, and also working as teachers all over the world.

About Yamaha:
Founded in 1887, Yamaha is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments. Unlike any other manufacturer, Yamaha has successfully expanded into the manufacture of a variety of instruments – from pianos to guitars to drums to saxophones and many more. With a core mission of bringing the joy of music to as many people as possible, music education is central to Yamaha’s philosophy of supporting musicians at all stages in their career and the company supports hundreds of thousands of students across the world in a wide range of educational schemes. Continuing the support of artists to the highest level, Yamaha Guitars are used live and in the studio by some of the biggest names in music including Brian May, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Billy Sheehan, Nathan East, Michael Anthony, Wes Borland, Frank Gambale, Joe Bonamassa, John Patittucci and Mike Stern.