Industry Link

In a business that can feel very inaccessible, Industry Link is here to give ACM’s students the direct access they need.

The department is dedicated to supporting the professional development of students, helping them take their first steps into the music industry as it exists connecting students with the music industry jobs of today.

Through regular networking events, work placements, performance showcases and audition opportunities, students are able to showcase their knowledge and talent to music industry executives (including representatives from labels, publishers and management companies), gaining first-hand feedback from those at the top of their specialist area.

The department connects students to a network of top-tier industry partners in the music and wider creative industries, and also offers regular tutorial and masterclass opportunities with visiting guests.

Headed by Martin ‘Ace’ Kent from multi-award winning Skunk Anansie, the department is formed of a team of resident experts, who support education delivery and student experience at ACM, while providing real opportunities to turn a passion into a sustainable career via the industry contacts they have built over a lifetime.

Industry Link offers every ACM student this guidance and support through creating bespoke programmes of work for each one. Programmes are tailored to an individual’s needs, enhancing the personal and professional development of our student body.

Industry Link also curates numerous competitions across the year. These are real performance platforms celebrating ACM’s most promising and hardest working students. They include songwriting contests and audio production events, where a vast roster of professionals give lectures and private tutorials to students across an intensive week of activity.

Whether you are a performing artist, songwriter, producer or aspiring businessperson and innovator, Industry Link offers constructive advice, helping you achieve your goals and ambitions through the most relevant music industry connections and job opportunities.

Again, you don’t have to wait until you become an ACM student to benefit from our Industry Link department. You can book a tutorial with the team right now by using your Access All Areas pass.

This support is offered on a life-long basis. Even after you have graduated, you will be welcome to book an appointment with Industry Link. You will become part of our alumni network of over 10,000 graduates.

The Industry Link Team

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Noise Theory Student Playlists

Every term the Industry Link Team compile a playlist of amazing tracks from ACM students. Click here to listen to the latest Noise Theory Student Playlist or check out ALL our playlists on Soundcloud!

In addition to specific school events, all ACM’s students can become involved with:

  • Industry Networking Events
    These are informal networking events where students have the opportunity to build their own network of contacts and relationships with representatives from all areas of the music industry. Students are able to seek advice from renowned industry professionals, showcase their demos and, most importantly, network with other students across the Academy. Industry guests that have attended ...
  • Songwriting Competition
    This is an annual event in conjunction with Metropolis Studios to celebrate the compositions of ACM students. Each year the event is judged and sponsored by a music publisher. Recent judges have included: Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell and Metrophonic.
  • Structured Step-by-Step Personal Development
    Utilising our constructive step plan for students, Industry Link offers regular bespoke tutorials to each and every student for guidance on their professional development whether they be artists, producers, musicians or business entrepreneurs. Upon submission of your music, CV or biography during these sessions, Industry Link will work with you to implement a structured step-by-step ...
  • Internships & Work Opportunities
    Working closely with the music industry, ACM provides students with first class opportunities to secure work experience and internships with companies such as Sony, Universal, Black Butter, Beggars Group, 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, XL, Band App, Turnfirst Music, Peermusic and Metropolis Studios as well as at industry conferences such as the NME awards, The Great ...
  • Live Industry Feedback Events
    Industry Link runs various events throughout the year for students to perform their music in front of a panel of industry experts. Record labels, publishers and A&R experts are invited down to give students professional development feedback. 2014 saw panellists from BMG, Chrysalis, 4AD, Communion, Sony, Universal, ASCAP, The Script, NME, Radio One, MI7 and Full ...
  • Live Events
    Students have the opportunity to take part in various music live events throughout the academic year, which are a major and vital part of Industry Link. We partner with venues across London, Surrey and Hampshire for student-run nights and Industry Link has maintained fantastic relationships with the Boileroom, The Star, Coffee House Sessions and Live ...
  • Function Bands / Freelance Musicians
    Function bands and freelance musicians are an important focus for Industry Link, with dedicated events scheduled throughout the year. All students are given opportunities to audition for function band and cruise ship placements, plus the student union annually hosts a day to allow students to network with agents, management and like-minded musicians.
  • Monthly Student Experiences
    Open to all students, monthly student experiences are announced on an on-going basis. In March 2014, as part of this exciting scheme, we sent one lucky artist to SXSW – the world’s largest and renowned music and media conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW has over 2,000 unsigned acts playing across 100 stages, all hoping to ...
  • Discovery and Development
    This is an extra curricular cross discipline activity whereby students gain real world experience in their chosen field collaborating and working collectively with the business, performance and artist development students. This is a collaborative activity that encompasses everything that ACM strives for in being a microcosm of the music industry.
  • Student Union / ‘Coffee House’ Sessions
    Events at the Student Union offer regular performance opportunities for students, providing the first platform to live performance, in a familiar environment. Support slots are offered for the touring Coffee House Sessions and stand-alone gigs are offered through the 440 Sessions. We have previously welcomed to our Student Union touring artists such as Hudson Taylor, ...

“ACM’s Industry Link isn’t just a clever name, they really are the link to the students’ future in the music industry.

When I was a student, they worked tirelessly to ensure that all students had constant audition opportunities and amazing guest speakers to pass on their knowledge. Which is why it is an honour to now be one of those guest speakers. Keep up the amazing work, Industry Link”

Richard Shaw Guitarist – Cradle of Filth and ACM Alumnus