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Freddie Mercury Scholarship 2017 recipient announced

18 Sep 2017

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We are proud to announce Daisy Phillips as the 2017 Freddie Mercury Scholarship recipient. Daisy will now receive her entire Creative Artistry Degree course at ACM Guildford fully funded.

Chosen for her honest performance and dedication to a career in music, Daisy was shortlisted alongside other talented students by a panel of our tutors before being chosen as the winner by both Roger Taylor and Brian May.

“Daisy Phillips was chosen from a selection of the some of the most talented individuals to join ACM this new academic year. It was her compelling performance, honesty in her lyrics and background story that truly resonated with those involved with the selection process and Roger Taylor, on behalf of Queen. I personally am looking forward to working closely with Daisy, to help her develop further as an artist, singer/songwriter and industry professional.”
Kieron Pepper, Head of Creative Output at ACM (also known as the live drummer for The Prodigy ‘97 – ‘07)

Thrilled to receive the prestigious award, Daisy said: “Music has always been a huge part of my life. Writing is very cathartic for me and I have always loved the idea of people listening to my music and allowing it to help them.  I dropped a career path towards science to follow my dreams as a musician, despite being told I couldn’t do it.  The Freddie Mercury Scholarship is an incredible honour and I can barely describe how much it means to me. I feel that this has confirmed that I am doing the right thing by following my dreams and I would encourage anyone to do the same. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to the opportunities to come.”

Our exclusive Freddie Mercury Scholarship was set up in 2015 to honour what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday. Queen have always had strong links with our partner, Metropolis Studios, with the Fazioli grand piano that Freddie was famously fond of taking pride of place in its legendary Studio A. As a patron of ACM Guildford, Roger Taylor, alongside Brian May, felt that ACM was the perfect home for the Scholarship, ensuring that talented artists are supported in the name of the late singer.

“Freddie’s name endures in so many ways so it’s therefore great to have this Scholarship celebrating his musical genius!”
Roger Taylor

“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.”
Brian May

This year we have made our unique brand of music industry education more accessible than ever before. Now offering over £130,000 in the form of scholarships, five students will graduate free from tuition fee debt every year at ACM.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to join the next generation of the music industry at ACM and want to find out more about our scholarships, please call our Admissions Team on 01483 500 841 or visit to book a place on an ACM Open Day today.

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