The Academy of Contemporary Music to lease iconic arts venue

World leader in music industry education, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), has recently announced that it is to take over a 20 year lease of the iconic Guildford arts venue, The Electric Theatre.

ACM’s 21-year history and 10,000 strong alumni heritage has made it an important stakeholder in the Guildford community, having generated and invested over £110 million for and into Guildford Borough during this time.  Providing a platform for the many talented musicians who have passed through ACM’s doors, including the likes of Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons and local boy Newton Faulkner, The Electric Theatre has played a big part in the success of the prestigious music college.

During a public consultation period led by Guildford Borough Council, ACM gained 1,500 signatures of support for their proposal – including an endorsement from Robin Hutchinson MBE (Director and Trustee for The Rose Theatre in Kingston) and Funkadelic’s George Clinton, the “Godfather” of Funk.

ACM’s progressive approach to education is its ultimate selling point; bridging the gap between what the industry needs and what education has traditionally provided.  From its pioneering end-to-end proposition with the world’s largest record and content creation complex, Metropolis Studios, to its dedicated Industry Link department (who are committed to finding the rarest, most exclusive work experience, internships and jobs for students and alumni), ACM is setting the pace for innovation in education.

With the addition of The Electric Theatre to its facilities, ACM is now proud to announce its position as the first provider to offer a real-world recording complex (Metropolis), a real-world radio station with DAB broadcast license (Eagle3, run in partnership with independent radio company, UKRD) and now, a real-world arts venue.  This commercial exposure, coupled with academic lectures delivered by a first class teaching faculty from world class facilities, means that ACM students embody its “learning by doing” ethos.

Having now secured the lease for the Electric Theatre, ACM is looking forward to working with the local community to deliver a rich programme of activity, alongside significantly enhancing ACM student experience and opportunity. Students will gain important real-world experience to support their Technical Services and Events Management courses and modules, as well as being provided with further opportunity to perform their music, songs and scores in a real, working venue.

Adam Bushell, Principal of ACM comments “Our learning by doing ethos is at the heart of everything we do at ACM.  We are looking forward to seeing more collaborations between our students and the Guildford community to ensure a rich and diverse future for the arts in this creative town. We are particularly excited to see our Technical Services and Event Management students get some hands on experience in the Theatre.”

ACM will start work at the venue over the coming months. The cessation of Guildford Borough Council’s subsidy of the facility will save both the taxpayer and the Council money.  ACM will initially get accustomed to the building, its employees and existing customers/community groups, before inviting fresh ideas and projects to the space.

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