The Freddie Mercury Scholarship - ACM

The Freddie Mercury Scholarship rewards one performance or artistry student at ACM London or ACM Guildford with support for up to 3 years of study, worth £27,000.

The Freddie Mercury Scholarship, endorsed by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May,  rewards excellence in Performance and Artistry (by musicians, songwriters or producers) on Degree programmes at ACM London or ACM Guildford, paying for their entire tuition fees for the duration of their study.

Queen band member Roger Taylor, who is also a patron of ACM and has a drum studio named after him at the academy’s Guildford campus, says,

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

Guitarist Brian May said,

“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. Of course Metropolis holds a very special place in Queen history, and it’s a pleasure to continue that link.”

Metropolis Studios CEO, Richard Connell, is looking forward to welcoming the successful scholar to the studio, the world’s largest independent recording facility, where over 50% of the UK’s Top 40 is serviced.

“We are hugely excited to be entering into this partnership and to be able to offer the scholarship to one lucky student. Freddie’s spirit is alive and well at Metropolis, where he wrote and recorded so much of his material and his legacy lives on every time his Fazioli grand piano is played in our flagship studio. Aside from our work with chart-topping artists like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith, a lot of what we do is supporting emerging talent, whether through us delivering workshops and masterclasses to ACM students, or inviting them to attend our industry-only events and to take advantage of internship placement opportunities with us. So to be able to offer even greater access via the scholarship will allow us to honour Freddie’s legacy in the most appropriate way possible – supporting the next generation of talent.”

In a previous year, talented student Arjelevez Maxwell took home the Scholarship prize.

“I was already incredibly excited after my induction day at ACM and moving back into London. It’s quite nerve racking to drop everything you once had planned to fully immerse yourself into music so you can pursue your dream. I love making music more than anything and already felt so lucky to have an opportunity to do this at the Metropolis Studios, so I really am over the moon to have been picked for the scholarship and ready for what the future holds!”
Arjelevez Maxwell

How to apply for The Freddie Mercury Scholarship:

1. If you have not done so already, apply to a relevant programme of study at either ACM Guildford or ACM London.  You may choose from the BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice (Musician Pathway)BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice (Creative Artist Pathway) or BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice (Producer Pathway) programmes at ACM Guildford or the BA (Hons) Professional Music PerformanceBA (Hons) Commercial Songwriting or BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology programmes at ACM London.  Applicants to the relevant ‘Level 0’ / Foundation Year precursors at ACM Guildford will also be accepted. Instructions can be found on our Apply page.

2. Complete our Audition process.  Successful candidates will be issued with an offer of study.  Return your offer of study and reply as FIRM via UCAS.

3. Send a an email to scholarships@acm.ac.uk with the subject Freddie Mercury Scholarship Submission from < INSERT NAME >.  The email should contain a link to a video in which you perform a track that best shows your capabilities as a performer and artist.  Be sure to introduce yourself in the video.  Before your performance, tell us who you are, what your history is and what your ambitions are for the future.  Tell us what winning the Scholarship would mean to you.  For the purpose of this Scholarship, we are only able to consider one track per applicant and only tracks that are written in their entirety by the applicant.  No collaborative work will be accepted, but it is acceptable to have other performers supporting the applicant in the form of a band.  Please note, as this is a performance and artistry scholarship, it is the quality of the creative concept, the performance and the track that will be judged, and not the quality of the video production. That said, ACM encourages students to submit videos that demonstrate the best of all of their creative capabilities. The Scholarship is also open to Performing Producers (examples of which include David Guetta, Will.i.am etc).  As per the guidance given in relation to performers using a Band, third party performers can be used to augment and complement the Performing Producer’s role, but they must also make their own contribution to the performance and artistry of the submission. Entries must be received by the end of Monday 30th July 2018.

4. Entries will be shortlisted initially by a panel of ACM and Metropolis judges, before being reviewed by the members of Queen, when the winner will be announced.

ACM, Metropolis, Roger Taylor and Brian May would like to wish all of this year’s applicants the very best of luck!

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