ACM’s first ever Skunk Anansie Scholarship recipient announced
11 Aug 2017

ACM’s first ever Skunk Anansie Scholarship recipient announced

We are thrilled to announce Cyreez Lewis as the first ever recipient of our exclusive Skunk Anansie Scholarship. Cyreez will receive his entire three-year Vocal Degree programme, worth £27,000, fully funded.

Cyreez-Lewis-skunk-anansie-scholarship-300x300  After an intense judging process, Skunk Anansie, their management, and ACM tutors agreed that Cyreez Lewis should be awarded this prestigious prize.

Ace, the guitarist in Skunk Anansie and our Head of Creative Industry Development, broke the news to Cyreez who was ecstatic to have received the inaugural award. “It was brilliant to break the news to Cyreez, he was clearly over the moon and it feels great to make such a difference to this talented musician’s life. I’m really excited to get started on working with Cyreez in my Industry Link role at ACM this September.”

Chosen for his talent and dedication, Skunk Anansie were really pleased to award such a deserving candidate with the first ever Scholarship in their name. As one of the most successful UK charting bands, Skunk Anansie have a wealth of experience under their belt making them ideal role models for the next generation of the music industry, here at ACM. Skin and Ace met Cyreez in person at ACM London to officially award him the scholarship.

“Cyreez’s performance really resonated with me. You could feel his drive and passion which reminded me of why I first got into music. It’s fantastic to be able to offer Cyreez this opportunity in partnership with ACM and I believe it will make a real difference in his career. I’m really looking forward to seeing Cyreez progress as a vocalist and can’t wait to see the bright future that lays ahead of him”.
Skin, vocalist in Skunk Anansie

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Skunk Anansie live, Brixton

Cyreez said: “Winning the scholarship means the world to me, I am so grateful, excited and privileged that I was chosen as the winner, thank you. Music is all I want to do with the rest of my life and winning the Scholarship gives me the chance to write, produce and share my music with the world. I play keyboard, guitar and use the loop pedal to record my backing sound, so the opportunity that the Scholarship has provided me with will give me the chance to improve and become the best I can be. I look forward to my time at ACM and cannot wait to learn from some of the best tutors and just do what I love doing daily.”

Here at ACM, we have been building sustainable careers in the music industry for over 22 years. We now have campuses in Guildford, London and Birmingham. We pride ourselves on delivering a unique approach to education which focuses on learning-by-doing. Looking for hard work and passion, we are proud to now offer more than £100,000 worth of Scholarships to ensure our courses are more accessible than ever.


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