Academy Of Contemporary Music Announce Freddie Mercury Scholarship

Freddie’s name endures in so many ways, so it’s therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius!”  Guitarist Brian May said: “This scholarship will be a lasting tribute to Freddie and the path he blazed.  He would be happy to see young talent being helped to blossom.  Of course Metropolis holds a very special place in Queen history, and it’s a pleasure to continue that link.” Bruce Dickinson (Little Angels, Colour Of Noise), Director at ACM said: “The Freddie Mercury Scholarship offers a fantastic opportunity for one talented student. We always seek out musicians with the most potential and commitment to study, regardless of background and qualifications, and this award will allow us to fully support one student’s journey into the music industry. With original music at the core and the combination of songwriting, performance, production and business on the course, it is very fitting that this scholarship is being awarded in Freddie’s name.  As one of the greatest examples of original talent across writing, performing and creating a brand out of both, he is such an inspiration to our students.” Metropolis Studios CEO, Ian Brenchley, is looking forward to welcoming the successful scholar to the studio, the world’s largest independent recording facility, where over 50% of the UK’s Top 40 is serviced, “We are hugely excited to be entering into this partnership and to be able to offer the scholarship to one lucky student. Freddie’s spirit is alive and well at Metropolis, where he wrote and recorded so much of his material and his legacy lives on every time his Fazioli grand piano is played in our flagship studio. Aside from our work with chart-topping artists like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith, a lot of what we do is supporting emerging talent, whether through us delivering workshops and master classes to the ACM students who study at the studio, attend our events and take advantage of internship placement opportunities, or the external emerging talent discovered by our A&R teams for development deals on our in-house label, signing them to our publishing company and providing them with a platform at our regular industry showcase nights. So to be able to offer even greater access via the scholarship, will allow us to honour Freddie’s legacy in the most appropriate way possible – supporting the next generation of talent.”  Applications for the ACM’s study programmes beginning September 2016 are now open.  All applicants to the 2 Year Creative Artist route of the BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice programme, the 3 Year BA (Hons) Commercial Songwriting programme and the 3 Year BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance degree programme will be considered for the Freddie Mercury Scholarship.  ]]>

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