ACM at Home June Roundup – Black Lives Matter, Pride Month and More!

24 Jun 2020

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The ACM Community continues to pull together, adapt and utilise online resources to keep creative and informed. June saw ACM show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, notably during Blackout Tuesday, standing with the black community against racism in all of its forms. We also marked Pride Month by giving the ACM logo a makeover with the “Progress” flag (designed in 2018 to be a more inclusive symbol of the LGBQT+ community). We continued to deliver daily Instagram Live sessions with industry professionals, announced the Metropolis Blue Schools Competition Winners, our new digital festival called ‘Digifest’, and celebrated our community’s collaborations and work. Finally, we held another Digital Open Day last weekend – be sure to join us for another one this Saturday if you want to learn more about what ACM has to offer!

ACM Collaborations

The ACM at Home choir collaborated online and recorded amazing renditions of Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”:

ACM students Amy Rae and Alice Milburn produced a wonderful cover of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Till It Happens To You”:

ACM students Alys and Ash Freeman performed an incredible acoustic cover of Skunk Anansie’s renowned “Brazen (Weep)”:

ACM Soul Workshop collaborated on this fantastic project. Featuring ACM Tutor Brian Henry, alumnus Lucas Ramsell and more:

Musical Director / Keyboards: Brian Henry
Video Editor: Sammy Kamel
Mixed by: Brian Henry
Mastered by: Arjun Doel

Black Lives Matter

ACM continues to support The Black Lives Matter Movement. We urge the ACM community to get involved in this global conversation stemming from the tragic death of George Floyd. Watch our video and learn more:
✉️ Get involved: email
✊ George Floyd Change Petition:
 Music by ACM student EL-Emcee

In support of Black Lives Matter, future Creative Artist Degree student, Melissa Scheffold, wrote a poignant song called “Hope” as part of our weekly Songwriting Challenge:

ACM Songwriting Challenge – Week 8 Winner!

🎵 🖤#ACMSongChallenge Winner (Week 8)!We're proud to announce the winner of last week's songwriting challenge is future Creative Artist Degree student Melissa Scheffold! Mel's poignant and incredibly relevant song entitled "Hope" truly touched us all. Well done Mel. 🖤▶️ ACM shall be supporting #BlackoutTuesday tomorrow, standing in solidarity with the black community against racism in all of its forms.▶️ This is what Mel had to say about her song. 👇 #BlackLivesMatter #NoToRacism⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⭐"Enough black lives taken from us because of racism. The murder of George Floyd who is one of many other victims killed by white police officers because of their skin color makes me angry and sad. This incident inspired me to write a rap song about racism called “hope.” Our skin color doesn’t make us any different from one another. We should all be treated the same way. Justice has to be done.Let’s encourage each other to talk about this topic, speak up and make a change.Let’s educate our kids and show them how to respect everyone equally to avoid such incidents from happening again. Let’s keep up the hope and believe in change." ⭐

Posted by ACM Guildford on Monday, June 1, 2020

ACM Student Saiedatu Kamara‘s track entitled ‘Blackness’ (produced in 2016) is more relevant than ever in support of Black Lives Matter:

Pride Month

For Pride Month this year, ACM is using the Progress flag, which was designed in 2018 to be a more inclusive symbol of the LGBQT+ community. By adding the colours of marginalised POC (People of Colour) and trans communities, it reflects greater progression and inclusion – something we need now, more than ever:


Metropolis Blue Schools Competition Winners

ACM and student label Metropolis Blue came together to create a competition for schools, colleges and youth organisations to showcase their talent and win the opportunity to record at the renowned Metropolis Studios. We caught up with last year’s winners, Bread in a Bag (from Richmond Music Trust), to understand more about their experiences and new release recorded at Metropolis:

➡️ Learn more:


Introducing… Digifest! ACM is proud to announce the launch of ‘Digifest’, an online showcase that highlights the talent of ACM’s student community. We invite students to submit their best work to us and look forward to our end of year celebration together:

Digifest Instructions 2020 Social

➡️ Submission instructions + more info about Digifest is available here:

ACM Artist Skills

ACM Diploma Alumnus Mike Bradley and his outrageously impressive guitar improv:

If you dream of achieving success in the creative industries, join us for our new Digital Open Day Experience. We can’t wait to see what our alumni do next – and we’d love to welcome you into the ACM community.

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