The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has launched the first ever Skunk Anansie scholarship offering a recipient £27,000 of funding for a degree course.
All applicants to have successfully auditioned and enrolled for degrees in bass, drums, guitars, keys or vocals at either ACM Guildford, ACM London or the group’s newest campus, ACM Birmingham, will be eligible to apply.
Those applying will need to submit a video performance for screening by ACM with a shortlist delivered to Skunk Anansie for a final decision.
Guitarist Ace works at ACM as its head of Creative Industry Development and drummer, Mark Richardson, is a well-being coach for the academy’s students.
Commenting, Ace said: ‘I’ve been honoured to be working with ACM for a very long time now, booking top industry guests, sourcing real world work opportunities, setting up networking events and advising students on a one-to-one basis.
‘For three months of the year I pause my work on-campus so that I can tour with the band – bringing back the freshest knowledge directly from the industry back to the students. The music business has been very good to us over the years and it feels incredible to give back and make someone’s dream of studying music a reality.’
Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin added: ‘We are so excited to be able to offer such a life changing opportunity in partnership with ACM. Starting out in music can be tough financially, so being able to take away that burden for someone who is at the very beginning of their journey is incredibly rewarding. We love the fully immersive experience that ACM offers its students and are so excited to see the shortlist.’
Applications are still open for September 2017 study at ACM Guildford, ACM London and ACM Birmingham.
Visit acm.ac.uk/scholarships for more information and to apply for the new scholarship.