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The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)



ACM, The Academy of Contemporary Music is a specialist music school offering courses in Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards), Music Production, Music Business, and more, at Diploma to Degree level. Why not visit ACM at our next Open Day – more details at – http://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/

The BASCA Scholarship at ACM

Celebrating 20 years as a world-class music educator, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has prepared generations of musicians, producers and innovators for sustainable careers in the music industry. Based in Guildford and London, the Academy has been built on a “learning by doing” ethos, providing an immersive, industry-based education. ACM offers study programmes at degree and diploma levels, with fully accredited courses validated by independent bodies including the QAA, with the most relevant connections to the real-world music industry at their core.

BASCA are pleased to support ACM by 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 2-Year BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice programme.


The BASCA scholarship winner for 2018 is Elsa Thurley. Samuel Deed, Elsa Thurley and Leoni Kennedy all performed for guests but it was Elsa that the judging team chose as the winner of a scholarship place at the Academy of Contemporary Music to study Creative Songwriting and will now have her entire course fees funded




The BASCA Scholarship winner for 2017 is Nathan Morgan. Maintaining a tradition of a final performance at the BASCA Summer Party, Nathan Morgan was joined by our other finalists Linda Quero and Jake Melles on 25th July at Proud Camden.






On Monday 15th August 2016, Tom Gortler was chosen as the winner of 2016’s BASCA Scholarship sponsored by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Tom was chosen from three finalists after performing in front of a select panel of industry judges at the annual BASCA Summer Party. Runners-up included talented students Anya Lang and Autumn Caveney who both gave impeccable performances and set the bar very high. Each finalist performed a song of their own creation and the competition was steep.



The inaugural BASCA Scholarship award was presented to Ivan Proctor on 2nd October at the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) General Assembly Opening Concert, organised by BASCA.

Ivan Proctor