Birmingham has long had a reputation for producing great music and great bands. That reputation was strengthened last week with the opening of the Academy of Contemporary Music’s (ACM) Birmingham campus.

Based in the Jewellery Quarter, the ACM start courses in September covering a range of skills that budding musicians need for the industry: musical performance, songwriting, production, technical services and business management.

The ACM launched in London in 1995 and has helped the careers of members of Mumford and Sons and Newton Faulkner (look up ‘Dream Catch Me’ if you need a reminder). Its credibility in the industry is evident with Ace from Skunk Anansie heading up the Industry Link and Kieron Pepper from The Prodigy its Artist Development.

ACM’s Executive Chairman, Kainne Clements, said: “ACM has a long-standing reputation for innovation in the field of music education, and so we are very excited to open our newest campus in a city which not only has a rich music history, but like us, has made a steadfast commitment to innovation in music, creativity and technology for the years ahead.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the courses go to www.acm.ac.uk

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