With one lucky student having their courses fees funded in their entirety, ACM is looking out for a songwriting superstar
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has announced the continuation of its exclusive partnership with British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors, offering ‘The BASCA Scholarship’ to one student deemed to have outstanding talent as a songwriter. The scholarship will fully fund a songwriter’s journey through ACM’s two-year BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice programme.
In 2015, Ivan Proctor was announced as the recipient of the first scholarship, receiving the inaugural award at the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance General Assembly opening concert at BASCA. Now having formed a band called China Bears, Ivan has hit the ground running at the Academy, getting involved in all opportunities thrown his way.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at ACM so far! The advice and support from my tutors has been great,” said Ivan. “The live scene built around ACM is fantastic, there’s always an opportunity to play or go watch live music. I’ve met some of the new members of my band China Bears here, and ACM has amazing facilities we can use to practice and record. Winning the scholarship has definitely helped me with finances and means I’m able spend more time writing music.”
All those who have been accepted on to the Songwriting and Artist Development two-year pathway at ACM are eligible for the scholarship and will be invited to perform in front of a panel of professional tutors who will select a shortlist of eight finalists. These eight finalists will then have the opportunity to perform at London’s Metropolis Studios in front of a panel of BASCA judges; Caron Wheeler, Tim Fraser, Rita Campbell, Marc Sylvan and Gary Osborne.
“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,” commented BASCA CEO, Vick Bain.
Keep up to date with Ivan Proctor via his band China Bears on Facebook, and by following him on Twitter. To find out more about ACM’s BASCA Scholarship, book on to a campus tour, go to: acm.ac.uk/open-days/