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Introducing Metropolis Blue “The Competition”

ACM is offering school bands, artists or producers the chance to record a track in Metropolis Studios, where over 50% of chart music is recorded, mixed or mastered.

ACM wants to give back to the schools and colleges that train its next generation of talent by offering their students the opportunity to be included in a showcase competition with the winner getting an exclusive recording session at Europe’s largest recording facility, Metropolis Studios. Each school can enter as many different bands/artists/producers to the competition. ACM will then whittle it down to five finalists and support the school to put on a showcase event where one finalist will be chosen from each school. The competition finals will be conducted at ACM’s Electric Theatre in Guildford where one lucky band, artist or producer will be chosen to record at the world-renowned Metropolis Studios.

What is Metropolis Blue and how is it involved in this project?

ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) and Metropolis Studios, work in partnership to manage Metropolis Blue, a student-led initiative based at the world famous Metropolis Studios which is supported by industry mentors. Metropolis Blue is looking to discover, support and record a new artist at the iconic Metropolis Studios in Chiswick – where Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Queen, Madonna, and Will I Am to name just a few – have all been to create their world-famous music.

    • Register from 17th January – Submit your entries – there’s no limit to how many students can submit work (only one submission per band /act/artist) – the submission deadline is 22nd March.
  • The Metropolis Blue team will select five of your submissions to perform.
  • A live event at your college or school will be held to select one act from the five as your school’s finalist for the final showcase at ACM Guildford in July where one winner will be selected from all the participating schools.
  • The winner chosen at the final showcase held at ACM will record at Metropolis Studios for a release later in the year. Details will be released closer to the event but the date is Wednesday 3rd July.

Who is it for?

For students aged 15+ enrolled in college or school in any music based discipline or genre. Workshops will be available for your music and creative arts departments throughout the project.

How to enter?

  • Join and like the project Facebook Group here to keep updated on project news, tips and guidance throughout.
    • The main point of contact for the school must complete a short application form and submit up to five entries per school for personalised feedback – email us at the above address to get this form.
  • Submission deadline is Friday 22nd March.
  • We will continue communication with each school to decide when is best to host the live event.

How is it judged?

Metropolis Blue team will:

  • Listen to the submissions
  • Watch the video submissions
  • Give detailed feedback to each of your entries
  • Assist with live performance workshops

The Metropolis Blue team comprises industry professionals, ACM students and staff.

Tips for putting on your live event

Members of the Metropolis Blue team and the ACM Schools Outreach team will attend your school or college to judge your submitted performances. This will be by arrangement to best suit your schedule – simply let us know the most convenient time and place.

  • ACM can support with the logistics of your live event, supporting with things like additional equipment, gig format, promotion, press, and communications.
  • Where possible, we’d encourage you to get other creative students involved with your event. You may want to bring in other departments to assist with the project such as designers, photographers, videographers, stage/tech facilitators and/or event coordinators.
  • Put together an events team – to design posters, design the gig format, a photographer and videographer, a social media lead, a stage-manager and a press officer to use our press release template and media pack to contact local press.
  • If you would like a masterclass on creative input – our Metropolis Blue and Schools Outreach teams may be able to support you with this. We want the competition to be a good way to engage with your other creative departments too.

Resources and support along the way

Every school or college is unique with different areas of need. So that we can tailor something to suit your students, we welcome your input on what’s going to be the most valuable resource we can offer:

  • Business and creative industries information
  • Marketing and accessing industry opportunities information
  • A & R small group sessions – mentoring
  • Songwriting tips and guidance
  • Production tips and guidance
  • Performance skills/performance anxiety workshops
  • Vocal workshops
  • Tips on preparing for studio time
  • Based on the outcomes of your input, we will regularly include resources available to your students through the Facebook Group associated with the competition.

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PR Tips for maximising your reach through this project

    • Create a short press release about your event – no more than one page.
  • Include photos of the bands/artists involved and contact your local paper’s Entertainment Reporter or the What’s On Guide.
  • Speak to your local BBC radio station and any local commercial and community radio stations about your students who are entering doing a live performance and/or interview on a show to promote the event.
  • If your school has any social media channels you can add the competition poster to them and any posters you then create for your showcase event. Use the #MetropolisBlueTheCompetition with anything you post and make sure to tag ACM and Metropolis Blue on all channels and where possible we will share and retweet your posts.

Legacy – what happens after the event?

The winning act will go on to record at Metropolis Studios and will be assisted with the digital distribution.

We would like to remain in an ongoing partnership with the participating institutions, as part of our outreach work and work together on developing future opportunities with your departments. These could be visits, workshops, and masterclasses.

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