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During these unprecedented times, the ACM Community has had to pull together, adapt and utilise online resources to keep creative and informed. April saw ACM introduce a new initiative and hashtag called #ACMatHome, allowing students, alumni and staff members to keep connected. We have also started up daily Instagram Live sessions with tutors and staff, alongside our new Digital Open Day experience, to keep the wider community updated on what ACM has to offer! Here are just a few examples of what the community has been up to…
ACM’s Ace (Director of Creative Industry Development) took part in PRS Guitars’ first ‘Isolation Session’:
ACM Songwriting Challenge Winners
We launched our ongoing weekly #ACMSongChallenge! Using a different word of inspiration each week, we now have three winners:
Week 1 winner – ACM Creative Artist Student George Alfie:
🎸🙌 Songwriting Challenge winner! We're proud to announce the winner of last week's #ACMSongChallenge is… ACM Creative Artist Student, George Alfie! 🤩 Huge congratulations! George wrote a fantastic song called "When You Didn't Come Home", inspired by the word "home". ▶️ Get involved in this week's challenge, using the word "spring" as inspiration.👉 Tag us with #ACMSongChallenge.🔥 Deadline – this Saturday! 🔥
Posted by ACM Guildford on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Week 2 winner – ACM Vocals Diploma Student Megan Kenny:
🌷 🎵 #ACMSongChallenge winner! We're proud to announce the winner of last week's songwriting challenge is… 🥁… Vocals Diploma Student Megan Kenny! Megan stuck to the brief and wrote an inspired song about spring. Well done! 👏 👏 👏▶️ Get involved in this week's challenge, using the word "calm" as inspiration.👉 Tag us with #ACMSongChallenge.🔥 Deadline – this Sunday! 🔥
Posted by ACM Guildford on Monday, April 20, 2020
Week 3 winner – ACM Creative Artist Student Loz Music:
🙌🎵 #ACMSongChallenge winner! We're proud to announce the winner of last week's songwriting challenge is Creative Artist Degree student Loz Music! Lauren's spellbinding song, "Ghost To You", is now in the process of being recorded – watch this space! 🎵👏▶️ This week's word of inspo: "fusion"👉 Tag us: #ACMSongChallenge.🔥 Deadline: this Sunday! 🔥
Posted by ACM Guildford on Monday, April 27, 2020
Students and alumni across all campuses continue to fundraise for charities, in support of the NHS and key workers.
We saw ACM alumnus Mike King head up the Breathe Harmony NHS Choir Charity Single, working with ACM tutor Damien Nolan, Breathe Arts Health Research, MyCool Music Foundation and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Choir, to create “a global message of solidarity” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Together they recorded an incredible rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘Anytime You Need A Friend’:
ACM Student Josh Hicks and friends produced their charity track, ‘Let’s Say Thanks’, in support of the NHS:
ACM alumni function band Rhythm Of The Night released their single ‘True Colours’ to thank the NHS:
🌈Dedicated to the heroes working for the NHS. We wanted to show our appreciation for their hard work with our rendition of 'True Colours'🌈 Share this video in support of the NHS as we are so grateful for everything that they do ❤️Anyone who has yet to donate to the charity 'NHS Charities Together' please consider doing so! All proceeds will go directly to them, using the link: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/A HUGE thank you to everyone who sent us a thank you video and all the wonderful musicians involved! We had musicians record from all over the UK 🇬🇧 Cyprus 🇨🇾 and the UAE 🇦🇪Musicians featured:Charlotte Lock, Craig Ferguson, Stephan Seiler, Jake Rommer, Jade Whittaker, Ronnie Joseph Cocozza, Angharad Maxwell, Andrew J McCoy, Josh Roots, Nicky Mac, Gid Sedgwick, Milly Thimaras, Alexis Demetriou, Steph Richardson, Casey Lim, Hannah Boulton#thankyounhs
Posted by Rhythm Of The Night on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
ACM student Luke White created his new track for Mind Charity, entitled ‘When This All Comes To An End’:
If you dream of achieving success in the creative industries, come along to one of our Open Days. We can’t wait to see what our alumni do next – and we’d love to welcome you into the ACM community.