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.

Edinburgh HNC, HND and BA(hons) Courses

POSTED ON June 11th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Uncategorized

HNC, HND and BA(hons) Courses


The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh are still accepting application for all courses. We offer full time, funded courses in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Singer Songwriter at SQA HNC and HND levels as well as a BA (hons) Top Up in Performance Industries.
We’ve got a limited number of spaces left, to book an audition or to find out more information please call 0131 656 0600 or email edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk

AMS Edinburgh BTEC Level 3 Award Sound Production Short Course

POSTED ON June 2nd  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Sound Production, Uncategorized

1 Week Intensive Summer Course In Sound Production.


The Academy of Music & Sound Edinburgh are offering a 1 week intensive summer course for Sound Production. This program will give you hands on experience with Pro-Tools, microphones, midi recording and a host of other useful skills and knowledge that will help you in home recording or set you up for further study in Sound Production.

On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 award in Sound Production to evidence your new-found recording abilities and throughout the whole process you will receive guidance and support from one of the AMS specialist trainers.

This course is available free of charge, however, spaces are strictly limited so it is advised that you book onto your preferred date ASAP.

This free course is available at the Edinburgh Centre (Grassmarket) on the following dates:

Session 1 = Mon 6th – Fri 10th July
Session 2 = Mon 13th – Fri 17th July
Session 3 = Mon 20th – Fri 24th July

To book please get in touch with The Academy of Music & Sound on 0131 656 0600 or edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk.

The course will also be available in the Glasgow centre (Jamaica Street) on the following dates.
Session 1 = Mon 15th – Fri 19th June
Session 2 = Mon 22nd – Fri 26th June
Session 3 = Monday 29th June- Friday 3rd July

Call 0141 221 4458 to book into Glasgow.

Bruce Findlay Honoured

POSTED ON April 24th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh

Legend Bruce Findlay has been honoured with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award


The founder of the famous independent music store, Bruce’s Record Shop and former manager of Simple Minds was presented with the award at the launch night for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards on Wednesday evening.

Sponsored by the Academy of Music and Sound, the inaugural award honours the biggest names in Scottish music for their work in the industry.

The 71-year-old said: “I am thrilled to receive the first Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

“The Scottish Alternative Music Awards pleases me because I’ve always felt alternative to the mainstream and I am genuinely humbled by this award being given by a relatively new and useful organisation to the music industry.”

Bruce Findlay with Edinburgh band Bwani Junction who performed live at the SAMA launch

Bruce first ventured into the world of music in 1967 when he and his brother opened their own record shop in Falkirk.

Famous for their unique red carrier bags emblazoned with the caption ‘I Found It At Bruce’s’, Bruce’s Record Shop quickly became a favourite for music fans with a taste for underground rock.

By the mid-1970’s Bruce had launched a record label named Zoom Records, where he signed local teenage band Simple Minds in 1978 and helped set them on the road to becoming global stars.

He recently appeared on STV’s Grass-Roots Music to talk about his time working with the band.

Richy Muirhead, founder and director of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards said: “Bruce Findlay is a massive national and global legend, what he has achieved, it’s remarkable.

“For someone of my age, which is 26, that’s really inspiring and I think what we need to do is inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, marketers, managers and artists and hopefully this award [for Outstanding Contribution to Music] will do exactly that”.