Wolverhampton Graduation Ceremony!

POSTED ON September 23rd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Congratulations to all of our degree students!

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It gives The Academy great pleasure to see so many of our talented musicians receiving their hard earned degrees at Monday’s graduation at Wolverhampton University. Congratulations to them all and also to our Academy staff and tutors who have mentored these students throughout their Academy journey.

Steve Ryan

The Academy of Music and Sound








Glasgow Graduation Ceremony!

POSTED ON September 22nd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

It gives The Academy of Music and Sound great pleasure to see so many of our talented musicians receiving their hard earned degrees!

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Congratulations to all our hard working students and staff who have achieved such excellent results in the run up to this graduation..our centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Gateshead should be rightly proud of their skill, talent and hard work. Well done everybody!

Steve Ryan

The Academy of Music and Sound


The Business of… Songwriting. Chaired by our Academy of Music and Sound’s North East Manager Dan Donnelly

POSTED ON September 17th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

The UK’s Leading music development agency, catering for wider creative industries. Wednesday 23rd September 6.00pm The Core, Science Central, Newcastle.

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Next up in Generator’s series ‘The Business of…’ we focus on Songwriting and the business behind it. Joining us to offer practical advice and first-hand experiences are songwriter manager, Will Frank (SBW Music) who represents Ivor Novello and Grammy winning songwriter Cathy Dennis among others and Rebecca Jones known for her collaborations with Groove Armada and her own work as Saint Saviour. Chairing the discussion and asking the all important questions is singer-songwriter Dan Donnelly who is also a member of The Wonder Stuff.

‘The Business of… Music Production’ Highlights
Last night we took an enlightening look at the world of Music Production. Joining us for a thoroughly engaging discussion were producers Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, Bat for Lashes), Matthew Johnson (Hookworms, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Joanna Gruesome) and Andrew Archer (Trafik).

With a mixture of anecdotes and informative information, the trio, whose experience of the industry varied and covered all levels and many genres, helped attendees grasp the role of a modern producer and how to earn income from the craft.

Here’s 5 golden nuggets that came out of the discussion:

Remember you’re working for the band on their record, offer advice and guidance but don’t impose your ideas.

There’s more to the role than purely the creative skills, to be efficient you need to learn about project management. You also need people skills and on occasion, be a mediator during band squabbles.

As a producer, if you play on a recording or are named as ‘eligible studio producer’, make sure you register with PPL to generate revenue from airplay and public performances of the record. Forms can be found on the PPL website –


Remixing is becoming an increasingly valuable revenue stream and can generate leads for future work and creative collaborations.

It shouldn’t be all about making money, remember why you got into music and do it because you have a passion for it.

Visit the website –

With Love From Liverpool, Syria Refugee Fundraiser

POSTED ON September 11th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Saturday the 19th September at the Echo Arena in Liverpool

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A massive fundraising concert hosted by award-winning British comic, John Bishop, is to be held at Echo Arena on Saturday 19 September, 2015.

Leaders, musicians and businesses alike from across the city have rallied together to host this one-off concert in an urgent bid to support the desperate plight of thousands of refugee families fleeing from war. All profits will be donated to British Red Cross.

The current musical line-up includes The Farm, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), John Power, Mic Lowry, The Christians and members of CAST, Space, The Icicle Works and Sense of Sound. Further artists are to be confirmed in the coming days.

John Bishop, the much-loved Liverpool comedian, will be hosting the concert alongside legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcaster, Janice Long.

Janice Long said:

“I’ve been blown away by my hometown’s reaction to this crisis. People across Liverpool have shown that they really care in hundreds of different ways, and they’ve come together to do what they can to ease this terrible situation. It’s great to see the music industry coming out in force to do what they do best; put on a great show and raise as much money as we can. It’s great to see so many brilliant bands adding their names to what is an incredible line-up of talent.

“I can’t wait to stand on the stage, looking out at an arena full of generous people who really care about what is going in the world and who will have a great time raising money for this important cause. We need as many people as possible to buy tickets – I know it’s going to be a night to remember!”

Peter Hooton, lead singer of The Farm, said

“When we were approached to perform at the concert, we immediately said ‘yes’ – it was a no-brainer, no matter how short the notice was. We’ve all been moved by what is a humanitarian crisis and we’ve all got a role to play in supporting those in need. I just know Liverpool and its people will come out in force to support this concert – it’s what we do, it’s who we are.”

Liverpool set the example for the rest of the country just last week when Mayor Joe Anderson made national news by becoming the first UK Mayor to actively offer to house refugees in the city.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said:

“Liverpool’s response to last week’s horrifying revelations surrounding the ongoing refugee crisis has been nothing short of overwhelming. When it comes to reaching out and offering solidarity to the families whose homes have been ripped away from them, Liverpool is leading the way. Now, Liverpool is stepping up to the plate once more with the ‘With Love From Liverpool’ concert. We’re using our reputation for world-class music to now help save lives across the globe.”

All proceeds from the ‘With Love From Liverpool’ concert will be made to British Red Cross, who are carrying out crucial work across the continent. Their activities include giving food, water and medical aid to refugees arriving in the continent and ensuring that families stay together throughout the long and gruelling journey. They are also working with search and rescue teams in Italy, saving families from drowning during the perilous crossing.

Tina Robinson, senior community fundraiser for Merseyside, said:

“The surge in awareness and support over the past week has been astounding, and I’m grateful that so many people have finally realised the extent of the grave situation. These people aren’t coming to Europe for a ‘better life’, but simply to stay alive. They are refugees, fleeing from war.

The work that we’re carrying out is varied and addresses a number of critical issues. In addition to providing on-the-spot immediate aid, we’re also guiding refugees through the asylum process, making sure that families stay together and that children don’t get separated from their parents during the chaotic journey across the continent.”

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Line up subject to change

To find out more see –

We look forward to our first Scottish Graduation next week!

POSTED ON September 2nd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Student’s from our Gateshead, Glasgow and Edinburgh Centre’s to Graduate next week!


We have selected graduates for our first ever awards and they will be handed out at graduation next week!

This year we have:
· 81 students graduating from the BA (Hons)Performance Industries
· 37 students graduating from the Fd in Performance
· 10 students graduating from the Fd in Creative Music Production

This is a very exciting time and we all look forward to seeing our students receive their qualifications and awards! Watch this space for photo’s from the event.

Academy Of Music And Sound Swindon Results August 2015

POSTED ON August 19th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Fantastic Results From The Academy Of Music And Sound Swindon!


Congratulations to all our 1st and 2nd year BTEC Students who have all passed their qualifications. Good luck to the second years in all that you do and welcome back to the first years who will be starting year 2 in September.

From all staff and tutors at Academy of Music & Sound, Swindon

See below the fantastic results, well done everyone!

BTEC LEVEL 3 90 Credit Diploma in Music
39 out of 42 passed = 93% success rate (11% higher than national benchmark) 3 students left before end of course and of the 39 left all 39 passed = 100%

Of which three students received the Double Award D* D* – Esme Marks, Danielle Wilkinson and Josh Wolfsohn

“Distinction* Distinction* in my first year, thankyou Ams Swindon for all your support” – Esme Marks

“Well I passed my first year of college with a double grade distinction merit. All the hard work paid off. That’s not too shabby for me! Roll on next year!! Thank you Ams” – Shannon Traynor

“Very happy to say that I got the double grade Merit and Pass for my first year of college all my hard work paid off, so so happy and I can’t wait for my second year of college I love Ams thank you for everything !!!” – Maddie Luckes

BTEC LEVEL 3 180 Credit Extended Diploma in Music
22 out of 22 passed = 100% success rate (18% higher than national benchmark)

Of which three students received extremely good grades: Triple Award D* D* D* Bethany Humphries, D D* D* Charlotte Iles who is joining us in October to studying for her Degree and D D* D* Abbie Sandy.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to Ams Swindon for helping me achieve D*D*D in my BTEC. This college has absolutely changed my life, and without them I wouldn’t have the amazing friends and boyfriend I have today. So here’s to the next three years with you guys, if you can put up with me for that long” – Charlotte Iles

Keyboards Now At Edinburgh Centre!

POSTED ON July 23rd  - POSTED IN Courses, Edinburgh, Keyboards

We are now proud to offer HNC Keyboards to our list of specialisms.


The Academy of Music and Sound in Edinburgh are specialists in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Singer Songwriter tuition. We have been working in Edinburgh for the past 10 years delivering world class music education and training. We are now proud to add Keyboards to our list of specialisms. We are pleased to add a very limited number of places on our HNC course in Keyboards starting in August this year.

As a Keyboard player at The Academy of Music and Sound, you will receive instrument specific lessons on our Yamaha stage pianos, you will also get the opportunity to perform live regularly. In addition to work on your instrument, you will also receive instruction on Songwriting, Composition, Music Business and Professional Practice, and Music Theory.

To apply for one of these coveted spaces, you need to arrange an audition at The Academy of Music and Sound so book your slot


Glasgow Centre Prepare Applicants!

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Apprenticeships, Glasgow, Uncategorized

Glasgow Centre one week selection event to support and prepare applicants for interview’s with employer’s.


Pre-Apprenticeship/Selection Event Overview


The Academy of Music and Sound (in partnership with Fife College) have introduced a new selection process for their creative industries modern apprenticeship in music business. Anyone interested in applying for one of 58 music business apprenticeships across Glasgow and Edinburgh (starting August 2015) will be required to attend a one week selection event which has been designed to support and prepare applicants for an interview with their prospective employer.

The aim of the course is to help candidates develop their understanding of the requirements of the workplace, focusing on the challenges and requirements of working in the fast-paced music industry. In addition, participants will be given a broad overview of what it means to be an artist manager in the music industry in order to give them a taste of what is to come on the apprenticeship.

The one-week program offers applicants the opportunity to be sure that a music business apprenticeship is the right choice for them and to demonstrate their commitment, skills and motivation to their prospective employers.

Course Contents

Day 1 – Introduction to management in the UK Music Industry
Day 2 – Responsibilities of employment
Day 3 – CV’s and interview techniques
Day 4 – Working in the music industry – employability training.
Day 5 – The Interview!

Those who successfully complete this short program will be awarded a SQA level 4 employability award.

All participants will be provided* with travel expenses and free lunches for the duration of the event.

*conditions/limitations apply

Glasgow Centre Apprenticeships Now!

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Apprenticeships, Glasgow

Glasgow Centre paid apprenticeships in music business for young people aged 16-­19.


The Academy of Music and Sound in partnership with Fife College are proud to announce a new programme of paid apprenticeships in music business for young people aged 16-­‐19.

Interested in a career in the music industry? A fantastic opportunity for young people in the central belt of Scotland has arisen offering the opportunity to gain workplace experience with a music industry employer in addition to specialist training and support from the Academy of Music and Sound.

The music business apprenticeship offers the opportunity to earn while your learn with participants being awarded an SQA Level 6 Diploma in Music Business upon successful completion of their apprenticeship.

Apprentices will undertake 6-­‐9 months of paid work experience (current min wage for apprentices is
£2.73, rising to £3.30 from October 2015) with a music industry employer in the central belt of
Scotland. Working as an artist and repertoire assistant, apprentices will gain experience in a range of music industry functions including talent scouting and artist development, marketing, sponsorship,
legal and live event promotion. Additional training will be provided by The Academy of Music and Sound in order to develop the skills, knowledge and competence required to be successful in today’s music industry.

This opportunity is open to young people aged 16-­‐19 who are not in work or education and who have not previously completed a level 3 modern apprenticeship. Starts are available with employers based in both Glasgow and Edinburgh – commencing 24th August 2015.

Recruitment/Selection Process

Anyone interested in applying for this opportunity will be required to attend a 5-­‐day pre-­‐
apprenticeship/selection event – a short intensive program designed to give interested
parties an introduction to the UK music industry, as well as the opportunity to gain an SQA employability award. On the final day of the program (delivered at AMS’s Glasgow andEdinburgh
centres), all participants will be interviewed for one of the available apprenticeships commencing in August 2015.

Pre-­‐Apprenticeship start dates – 13th, 20th and 27th of July. (Participants will benefit from free lunches and a travel allowance while in attendance)

See below for job description/person specification Modern Apprenticeship

– Music Business – August 2015 – Job Specification

Job Title: Artists and Repertoire Assistant (Modern Apprentice) Rate of pay: £2.73 p/h, rising to £3.30 p/h as of October 1st


• Research and recruit new musical talent for the Scottish Music scene (via demo submissions, web research and attending live events)
• Artist development activities to include planning and booking recording sessions, developing and agreeing on repertoire.
• Organizing live events/showcases and touring to support and increase artist
• Networking on behalf of artists to secure commercial opportunities in the live, recorded and publishing sectors of the industry.
• Working with artists to develop their creative branding in terms of design, biographies, logos, web
• Planning and executing social media marketing strategy.
• Fundraising activities in support of label artists e.g. Developing and executing kick-starter and pledge music campaigns.
• Administrative duties in support of the above.

Candidate specification:

• A keen interest in commercial music of all genres (essential)
• Good written and oral communication skills (essential)
• A working knowledge of MS office packages e.g. word, excel, powerpoint (essential)
• Highly motivated with a desire to seek out new underground talent (essential)
• Able to work autonomously and also as part of a team (essential)
• Knowledge of the music scene in your area and more widely throughout Scotland (desirable)
• Some relevant music industry
experience e.g. live events promotion recording, performance (desirable)
• Experience of planning and executing complex projects (desirable)

Recruitment/Selection process:

• Interested parties are invited to submit a CV and a short covering letter indicating why they are interested in the position and any relevant experience.
• All applicants will be expected to attend a (mandatory) selection program during
which they will
receive training in employability and management in the UK music industry.
• Applications should be submitted to Glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk
(0141 221 4458) or Edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk (0131 656 0600)
• Assessment courses will take place w/c 13th, 20th and 27th of July 2015.