Chosen for her honest performance and dedication to a career in music, Daisy was shortlisted alongside other talented students by a panel of ACM tutors before being chosen as the winner by both Roger Taylor and Brian May. Kieron Pepper, Head of Creative Output at ACM (also known as the live drummer for The Prodigy ‘97 – ‘07) said: “Daisy Phillips was chosen from a selection of the some of the most talented individuals to join ACM this new academic year. It was her compelling performance, honesty in her lyrics and background story that truly resonated with those involved with the selection process and Roger Taylor, on behalf of Queen. I personally am looking forward to working closely with Daisy, to help her develop further as an artist, singer/songwriter and industry professional.”
Thrilled to receive the prestigious award, Daisy said, “Music has always been a huge part of my life. Writing is very cathartic for me and I have always loved the idea of people listening to my music and allowing it to help them. I dropped a career path towards science to follow my dreams as a musician, despite being told I couldn’t do it. The Freddie Mercury Scholarship is an incredible honour and I can barely describe how much it means to me. I feel that this has confirmed that I am doing the right thing by following my dreams and I would encourage anyone to do the same. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to the opportunities to come.”
ACM’s exclusive Freddie Mercury Scholarship was set up in 2015 to honour Freddie’s 70th birthday. As a patron of ACM Guildford, Roger Taylor, alongside Brian May felt that ACM was the perfect home for the Scholarship, ensuring that talented artists are supported in the name of the late singer. Roger Taylor said: “Freddie’s name endures in so many ways so it’s therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius!” Brian May said: “This scholarship will be a lasting tribute to Freddie and the path he blazed. He would be happy to see young talent being helped to blossom.”
This year ACM has made its unique brand of music industry education more accessible than ever before. Now offering over £130,000 in the form of scholarships, five students will graduate free from tuition fee debt every year at ACM.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to join the next generation of the music industry at ACM and want to find out more about the scholarships it offers, book onto an Open Day now: https://www.acm.ac.uk/open-days/