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It’s been a busy week since I adopted the role of Head of Creative Industry Development here at ACM. It’s an exciting and challenging position that links the creative and musical excellence of ACM students to the real-world music industry through opportunities and contacts.

I’m lucky to be on both sides of the fence with my ongoing personal successes and experiences with Skunk Anansie over the the past 21 years, combined with the development of the next generation of talented musicians and productive music industry people studying and emerging from ACM and ACM@Metropolis.

Last Monday I was at the Industry Showcase Day at Metropolis Studios in London. Top industry insiders turned up for a panel to give advice and direction to the students playing a short, 3 song set. The sound was great, the venue was awesome and everyone played their best. A small audience was present too, which added a great vibe and comfort zone for the performers. Expert advice was given in the spaceship-like control room of studio A, and I think the whole day was an enjoyable success for everyone involved.

Please get in touch with Laura, Amy or myself in Industry link to state your interest in similar Tutor Panels.
Head over to ACM’s Facebook Page to see all the photos taken at Metropolis.
Cheers, Ace!

Artist Development Showcase

The Artist Development Showcase, organised by Ewan Grant and coordinated by Industry Link, gives our Songwriting & Artist Development students the chance to perform their music in front of an industry panel utilising everything they’ve learned from their course over the previous year. The panel, headed and chaired by Ewan, provides expert critique on the students’ work whilst offering feedback on how they can move forward and break into the current music market.

“It was a pleasure to provide constructive feedback to our Artist Development students, they performed at such a high standard and have come such a long way over the past year! Where better to showcase your music in front of an industry panel than inside the hallowed walls of Metropolis’ Studio A. We pride ourselves on providing these opportunities to our students.”
Ewan Grant.


The Panel

Sean Devine – Vice President ASCAP
ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – a membership association of more than 525,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, they also represent hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. They are the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from their membership.
Find out more about ASCAP on their Website.

Jen Long – Music Editor DICE
DICE list the best gigs in London, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow and sell you the tickets with no booking fees. It was born out of a frustration with traditional ticketing, and is run by a group of music fans with decades of experience in the industry who want to bring transparency and fairness into ticketing. As much as DICE is about making it easy to buy tickets, it’s also about helping fans discover new artists. And because the list is curated, you can take a chance on something you might not have seen otherwise. There are loads of cool and clever features too, such as the Waiting List or Spotify integration. But the best thing to do is have a look for yourself. DICE is the future, and free to download now from the App Store or Google Play.
Head to DICE’s Website to find out more.

EFZyL_nu (1)Lucy Tallant – Turn First Artists
Turn First Artists is a music and branding company based in London. Turn First Artists delivers effective management and commercial partnerships leading to worldwide activity and success. Their dedicated team aim to ignite growth & development, guiding the careers of their artists to the highest level.
Find out more about Turn First Artists on their Website.

About Ace
Ace is the guitarist in UK rock phenomenon Skunk Anansie. Formed in 1994, they went on to be one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe throughout the 90’s until now selling over 6 million records and doing sellout world tours. They still continue to tour and write new music with their own record label.


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