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ACM Announce Skunk Anansie Scholarship

skunk anansieThe Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to announce the launch of their first ever Skunk Anansie scholarship. The recipient of this prestigious award will receive a fully funded place on one of the academy’s prestigious degree courses, worth up to £27,000.

All applicants that have successfully auditioned and enrolled for Degree programmes in Bass, Drums, Guitars, Keys or Vocals at either ACM Guildford, ACM London or the group’s newest campus, ACM Birmingham, will be eligible to apply. Those applying will submit a video performance for screening by ACM’s world class teaching faculty, with a shortlist delivered to Skunk Anansie for a final decision to be made.

The award winning British rock band have been working for more than 20 years, selling over 6 million LPs and completing many sold out world tours and are therefore perfect role models for ACM’s students.  In between studio recording and touring with the band, guitarist Ace works at ACM as its Head of Creative Industry Development and drummer, Mark Richardson, is a Wellbeing Coach for the academy’s students.

Ace said “I’ve been honoured to be working with ACM for a very long time now, booking top industry guests, sourcing real world work opportunities, setting up networking events and advising students on a one to one basis. For three months of the year I pause my work on-campus so that I can tour with the band – bringing back the freshest knowledge directly from the industry back to the students. The music business has been very good to us over the years and it feels incredible to give back and make someone’s dream of studying music a reality.”

Skunk Anansie vocalist, Skin, said “We are so excited to be able to offer such a life changing opportunity in partnership with ACM. Starting out in music can be tough financially, so being able to take away that burden for someone who is at the very beginning of their journey is incredibly rewarding. We love the fully immersive experience that ACM offers its students and are so excited to see the shortlist.”

Executive Chairman of ACM, Kainne Clements, said “It’s fantastic to work with Skunk Anansie, who are truly inspiring role models for our study body. I know the band members to be incredibly hard working people and living proof of the ability to enjoy a life-long, sustainable career doing something that you love.  We look forward to receiving scholarship entries and to awarding the scholarship to the lucky recipient.”

Applications are still open for September 2017 study at ACM Guildford, ACM London and ACM Birmingham. To book an audition or visit the Academy for an open day go to www.acm.ac.uk or call the admissions team directly on 01483 500 841.

To apply for the Skunk Anansie Scholarship or one of ACM’s other scholarship awards (including the Freddie Mercury Award and the BASCA Scholarship), visit www.acm.ac.uk/scholarships for more information.

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