BASCA’s ACM scholarship to return for a second year

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The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has announced its BASCA scholarship is to return for a second year.

According to the ACM, the initiative will see one songwriter fully funded through its two-year BA (Hons) Music Industry Programme.

Ivan Proctor, a contemporary songwriting student, was the first recipient of the support in 2015.

Commenting on his experience, he said: ‘I was absolutely thrilled to be awarded a full scholarship to ACM from BASCA. It has really inspired me to carry on doing what I love, which is songwriting! The amount of useful advice I have been given by BASCA members has been amazing, from the auditions to even on the night of the ceremony.’

Vick Bain, BASCA’s chief executive officer, added: ‘One of BASCA’s core objectives is to encourage the next generation of songwriters and composers, and launching a scholarship programme with ACM is the perfect opportunity for us to help a young songwriter develop their skills.’

All applicants competing for the scholarship were assessed by a panel of ACM professional tutors, who then selected a short list of eight finalists.

These eight finalists performed at a one-day event at Metropolis Studios before a panel of distinguished BASCA judges: Caron Wheeler, Tim Fraser, Rita Campbell, Marc Sylvan and Gary Osborne.

Visit the ACM website to find out more.

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