Institute of Contemporary Music Performance Partners with Ampeg

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, widely known as Europe’s finest school of modern music, and Ampeg, one of the most revered names in bass amplification, are delighted to announce a brand new partnership.

The Institute, originally known to bassists the world over as the Basstech, has long been the only serious destination for bassists looking to develop their playing and performing skills to the highest levels. With a faculty composed of some of the world’s finest and most experienced tutors and located in state of the art facilities in London, UK, the Institute practically invented the concept of organized and formal training for the contemporary musician. Hundreds of students now study every year across a broad portfolio of professional courses, and Institute graduates can be found working throughout the music industry.

Ampeg, whose legendary amps are the stuff of dreams for all rock bassists, have for more than 50 years been at the forefront of developing amplification equipment that has been the choice of some of the most famous names of the last 50 years. Names like the Stones, Kiss, Beastie Boys, Billy Sheehan, Michael Anthony, Kiss, AC/DC, New York Dolls, Tony Levin and many more awesome bands and players have chosen Ampeg as their amp of choice.

Pete Whittard, Managing Director at the Institute, said: “This is a great honour for us, since this is the first education-related partnership for Ampeg in the UK, and great news for all of our students. Having spent the last three years investing hundreds of thousands of pounds in the development of world class premises and the latest industry-standard equipment here at the Institute, our students can now count on some of the best-equipped facilities in the country. However, with the addition of Ampeg to our stable of world class partners, students will now have access to equipment made by one of the top names in bass amplification. Everybody knows that the Ampeg story is pretty much the story of the last 50 years of rock and roll!”

In addition to Ampeg, their sister company Crate will also be joining the roster of Institute partners with their great range of quality bass and guitar combos and practice amps. So if you are serious about playing and studying the bass and looking to develop a career in the music industry, there has never been a better time to enroll on a course at the Institute.

About The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute is widely recognised as Europe's finest school of modern music. Established over 20 years 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 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 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, bassists, 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 Babyshambles and Radiohead and artists like K. T. Tunstall and Beverley Knight, working as teachers all over the world and achieving credits with the likes of Jamelia, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Carl Palmer, Blue, Westlife, Busted, McFly and Holly Valance.