ACM’s 2017 BASCA Scholarship Winner Announced

Nathan Morgan is the 2017 recipient of ACM’s BASCA Scholarship and will now commence his three-year Songwriting and Artist Development programme at ACM London.

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) have proudly partnered with BASCA for the past three years to offer one lucky student a fully-funded place on their Songwriting and Artist Development degree. After a rigorous judging process, a BASCA panel alongside ACM tutors chose just three finalists to perform at the annual BASCA Summer Party, held at Camden Proud on 25th July 2017.

The three finallists: Nathan, Linda and Jake

Kicking off the evening with an energetic performance of his original song Clarity was finalist Jake Melles. Following Jake was Linda Quero, who delivered a soulful performance of her song Honesty backed by both a backing track and her acoustic guitar. The final performance was from Nathan Morgan who gave an intimate performance of his original composition Don’t Need You.

BASCA Chairman Crispin Hunt (pictured above with Nathan) then announced the winner with Nathan named as the 2017 recipient. Crispin said “we went through everyone who’d entered the scholarship, there were some fantastically talented people, it was quite difficult to choose between one and the other. We went through and watched the demo videos and they were all really strong, everyone that was put forward was really strong but there were a couple of things that stood out about certain people, they had a certain something and as I’m a writer/producer, I work with lots of people from all across the board but I do a lot of choosing in that I get four or five people ask me a week to work with them and I’m very picky in who I choose and these people were just for me, in my own sense of what’s good and what’s not, were the three that connected with me. It’s about connection. Connecting with music is about telling the truth and there was something about these three that told the truth. Their performances tonight were superb. ”

On hearing the announcement Nathan said “it just feels so amazing to have won the 2017 BASCA Scholarship. It’s a true honour and I’m so glad and so grateful to have even been here to perform my song. I’m just so chuffed, I have hardly any words but I thank God and I thank ACM for giving me this opportunity and to BASCA for setting this up, for considering me, let alone choosing me to win this – thank you so much. I look forward to working with both ACM and BASCA in the near future.”

The runners-up will receive studio time and some one-to-one sessions with Kaya Herstad-Carney, ACM’s Pathway Leader for Creative Artistry. Kaya said “all the finalists did so well in their performances, we can’t wait to welcome them to ACM in September.”

Alongside the BASCA Scholarship, ACM offers three other Scholarships to its future students, the Freddie Mercury Scholarship, the Skunk Anansie Scholarship: and the Keith Lowde Scholarship. Applications are still being accepted for September 2017, visit the website for information on how to apply: https://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/

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