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:

“I won’t be a rockstar. I will be a legend”.

1. Freddie Mercury is one of the biggest icons within music and still remains so within the eyes of many of today’s contemporary performers. If you wish to apply for a Scholarship established by Queen’s band members themselves, then strut your way over to your nearest stage. For this, you must be on a Performance or Creative Artist course at either ACM Guildford or London (this means locked in firm on UCAS and your ACM contract sent back!). If you’re not currently a student at ACM, fear not, simply follow the instructions on our Apply page to get your ACM journey started. Applicants to the relevant ‘Level 0’ / Foundation Year precursors at ACM Guildford will also be accepted.

2. Send an email to scholarships@acm.ac.uk with the subject line “Freddie Mercury Scholarship Submission from Your Name”. Make sure the email contains a link to a video that captures your very best capabilities as a performer and artist.

Video Tips:

  • Be sure to introduce yourself – we want to know who you are!

  • Explain to us all about your history as a performer and what your ambitions are.

  • Tell us what winning the Scholarship would mean to you.

  • Keep in mind we are only able to consider one track per applicant so chose a track that shows off your greatest skills. Please do not send us collaborative work, we want to see what you can do. However, we will accept other performers participating on your track, such as in the form of a backing band.

  • Don’t worry about the quality of your video production, (this is a film to capture your capabilities in performance and artistry, not film!). Nevertheless, we do welcome videos that demonstrate the best of all your creative skills, so don’t hold back. Show us your most creative concept, alongside your greatest track and a truly inspiring performance.  Entries must be received by the end of Friday 28th June 2019.

3. After your email submission, entries will be shortlisted by a panel of ACM and Metropolis judges, before being reviewed by members of Queen, when the winner be announced.

From ACM, Brian May and Roger Taylor, we wish you the very best of luck.

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