Skunk Anansie

ACM launches Skunk Anansie scholarship

Skunk Anansie

Skunk Anansie (from left): Martin “Ace” Kent, Skin, Richard “Cass” Lewis and Mark Richardson

The rock band will select a student to go on one of the academy’s degree courses, worth up to £27,000

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has announced the launch of the first ever Skunk Anansie scholarship. The recipient of the award will receive a fully funded place on one of the academy’s degree courses, worth up to £27,000. All applicants that have successfully auditioned and enrolled for degree programmes 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 submit a video performance for screening by ACM’s teaching faculty, with a shortlist delivered to Skunk Anansie for a final decision to be made.

The award-winning British rock band have been working for more than 20 years, selling over six million albums and completing many sold out world tours. In between studio recording and touring with the band, guitarist Martin “Ace” Kent works at ACM as its Head of Creative Industry Development and drummer, Mark Richardson, is a Wellbeing Coach for the academy’s students.

“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,” says Ace. “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, adds: “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. To book an audition or visit the Academy for an open day go to and, to apply for the Skunk Anansie Scholarship, visit

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