What is Limpi?

Lillehammer Institute of Music Production and Industries offers the music education program Advanced one-year Program in Professional Music Production and International Music Industries. At Limpi we don't prepare you for the real world – we bring the real world into the classroom.

Why we created Limpi.

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The vision behind Limpi was to create something we wish existed when we started our own careers.

Music education today is often synonymous with three to four years in school, with an emphasis on theory and classroom teaching. This creates a workflow vastly different from how things are done in the real world. Time is spent studying instead of creating, and the teachers rarely have active music industry careers. Limpi was founded to turn this model upside down.

We decided to do everything in one intense year, focusing on daily music production, under the guidance of professionals who are living examples of what the students aspire to be. We thought; what if the music industry itself took charge in educating and nurturing the next generation of music makers, actually working on real life examples, instead of pretending? What happens if the hit makers of today meet up weekly with the world's leading new talent, creating music together?

Many students have a “now what?”-moment after years of music school. With Limpi we have moved the music business into the classroom, so the door to the real world is open from day one.


Below you'll find all the information you need. If not, don't hesitate to drop us a line. We'll get back to you swiftly, that's a promise!

About Limpi

Limpi (Lillehammer Institute of Music Production and Industries) is a private college, developed by music industry professionals, offering a one-year intensive program for international artists, songwriters and producers. The program is designed to develop talents and prepare them for a career in the international music industry, and will give them a diploma in "Advanced Program in Professional Music Production and International Music Industries" and 60 ECTS-credits after completing the year.

Limpi's partners are some of the most experienced and reputable artists, songwriters, producers and publishers in the music industry. At Limpi you will work closely with these people, while dedicating yourself to developing your music. Through custom-made mentoring programs, our students and mentors work towards a common goal; turning talents into stars. We strive to enable you to finish the year with a career awaiting the second you walk out the door - if not already during the program. At the same time, we provide you with the required tools to become part of tomorrow's music industry, while also focusing on building the spirit of entrepreneurship.

We enroll a totalt of 48 talents to our program each year.

Yes! After completing the program at Limpi you will achieve a diploma in "Advanced Program in Professional Music Production and International Music Industries" and 60 ECTS-credits. Limpi is approved by NOKUT.

Admissions for enrolment onto the 2024/25 program will be open from February 2024, with the deadline for applications being May 31st 2024.

Can you tell me more about the program?

First and foremost, a regular day at Limpi consists of making a lot of music. Every week you will be given new projects with real cases from the industry and alternative approaches. The projects at Limpi fall within two categories: 1. Co-producing music with other student who complement your talent, aiming towards commercial release. 2. Experimental tasks that inspire creativity and shape the music. Usually you will spend Mondays and Tuesdays in workshops with the mentors. The workshops are in depth and provide you with tailored working tools. From Wednesday to Friday you will have time to immerse in your own projects, supported by relevant teachers. There will also be sessions that inspire the ongoing tasks.

The main subjects are «Music production» and «The International Music Industry». In «Music production» you will focus on the process from idea/sketch and songwriting, to arranging, recording and final mastering of a piece of music. The studies includes techniques, tools and working methods in music production. In addition to this, we put emphasis on role understanding, genre understanding, production professionalization and final adjustments. In «The International Music Industry» you will learn about the changes in, and characteristics of, the international music industry. The studies include themes such as distribution channels and platforms, intellectual property law, market understanding and the possibilities that digitalization provide for music creators worldwide. The program also places great emphasis on new thinking and entrepreneurship.

The program at Limpi consists of the common subjects; Introduction to Professional Music Production and International Music Industry, Practical Production 1 and 2 and The Challenge. The specialization subjects you can immerse yourself in are songwriter, artist and producer, or even management if you’d like. The program has a total of 60 credits, whereof the specialization subjects make up 20 credits.

At Limpi we combine productions, practical exercises, lectures, workshops, case assignments, individual work, master classes, professional counseling individually and in team, mentor and career guidance and plenary evaluations.

The mentor role is central to the program at Limpi. Throughout the year, you will receive follow-up and guidance both one-on-one and in groups from the different mentors (depending on the ongoing project), but also from other professionals associated with Limpi.

Practical productions that reflect real market production are crucial in the program. At Limpi you will develop several productions from idea to completed product, that will be performed and promoted in real channels such as radio and digital channels - nationally and internationally. The purpose is for you to develop an engine consisting of the production skills, the ability to cooperate in shifting teams and the work capacity needed in order to work professionally in the international music industry.

Yes! At Limpi you will be organized in interdisciplinary shifting teams with a songwriter talent, an artist talent and a producer talent in each team. Together you will develop musical ideas from sketch to completed product. That way you will be trained in contributing to a comprehensive production, while the genre variation gives you the opportunity to gain broad experience within different genre expressions.

The year is intensely laid out. The goal is for you to get used to working methods and standards of the industry, and to develop the pace that is required. Our main focus is working in collaborations, but you should also expect to work a lot individually - of course with the necessary guidance from the mentors, faculty and your peers.

Yes, that is what we are aiming for, especially during the second semester.

You will be evaluated through various exams, such as individual reflection assignments, audiovisual production, and submission of production/folder.

All courses, lectures and supervision will be in English. To apply to Limpi you will have to document an English level sufficient to complete the program.

We have plenty of fully equipped writing rooms and production facilities, but we expect you to bring your own laptop or tablet to use for your individual work. You can also bring your own home studio if you want to.

What about the money side of things?

The year at LIMPI is a time-efficient investment in a future career within the music industry, and the tuition fee of NOK 215,000* covers the entire education, including optional courses and studio time.

*converts to $20,872 or £16,450 as per January 4th 2024, but tuition will be paid in NOK when due.

The fee covers all classes throughout the year, including optional courses. You will have to cover housing and living expenses in addition to the tuition fee.

The program is approved by Lånekassen, and students with Norwegian citizenship can apply for loans and scholarships. At lanekassen.no you will find information about requirements and conditions for applying. To get a loan and / or scholarship, you have to confirm your enrollment at LIMPI. After this you can apply immediately. In order to be eligible for a loan / scholarship from Lånekassen, you must be a Norwegian citizen. Foreign nationals can in some instances receive financial support for studies in Norway.


How can I apply?

To apply, you need a bachelor's degree in music, music production, music management or similar. Applicants who can document the same level of knowledge from a practical background may also be accepted. Since all instruction and guidance is in English, you must also document an English level sufficient to complete the program.

You must apply here on limpimusic.com/apply. The first step is to upload one or more songs you have played a part in creating, and within a few weeks you will receive an application form that you need to complete and send back to us. We will then make contact to arrange an interview.


Great! The Limpi program includes all of these fields, and you will not select your specialization until later in the process. Just apply, and when you get here you'll have the opportunity to focus on the skills you decide to develop further.

We are looking for talents who has a potential to put their mark on the music industry of tomorrow. This means that you need to have the motivation and ability to translate your talent into value for yourself as well as the people you'll collaborate with. When considering your application, our admission committee will use a set of defined assessment criteria such as musical and professional skill level to complete the program, personal maturity, ability to reflect and awareness about goals for your own career. In this process we will do an overall assessment of your application based on education/experience and the quality and content of music you submit along with the criteria above.

Yes. As long as you can document that you have the same level of knowledge from a practical background, you can be considered for enrollment without a bachelor's degree. All other documentation (CV, any other diploma, picture and work of music you have created or contributed to) must be submitted.

Where is Limpi located?

Limpi is located in Lillehammer, 2 hours north of Oslo and 1,5 hours from Oslo International Airport.

Lillehammer is a student city with nearly 5000 students attending Høgskolen i Innlandet, The Norwegian Film School and the Department of Television Education. The infrastructure connected to Gardermoen and Oslo makes it easy to get around. The city has a vitality in cultural industries that you will usually only find in significantly larger cities. At the same time it is close to beautiful nature with high mountains and lush landscapes, where creative souls can gather inspiration in tranquil surroundings to work on what matters the most: music.

Yes. Students at LIMPI can apply for a student residence through the Student Association in Innlandet.


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