ACM Student Deemed ‘One to Watch’ Awarded Prestigious Scholarship: Ayobami Salawu

The Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) is extremely pleased to announce that Ayobami Salawu – Music Performance degree student (specialising in drums) is the inaugural winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Scholarship in Popular Music.

The competition was fierce and it was a tough decision to make, but it was Ayobami’s talent and commitment to his studies that resulted in him being awarded £2,500 off his final year of study.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer our first ever scholarship in Popular Music in partnership with ACM. We are in complete support of the Academy’s ‘learning by doing’ ethos, which is aligned with our belief and empowerment of young people who are developing their music careers.

“Ayobami’s drumming performance was quite outstanding. His has a very impressive musicality, but it’s his creativity and flair that marked him out as being a worthy winner of the prize.”
– he is certainly one to watch!”
Stuart Barr, The Worshipful Company of Musicians

The Worshipful Company of Musicians has existed for over 500 years, helping musicians bridge the gap between being a student to becoming a fully fledged professional. Having always supported all areas of the music world in the form of scholarships, awards and prestigious medals, this year marks the first ever scholarship in Popular Music.

Ayombami was awarded this prestigious prize at ACM’s graduation ceremony held at G Live 4th November 2016.

“I’m really grateful to have won this award. I have learnt so much from my time at ACM so far and this scholarship will really help me to focus for the final year of my studies. I’d like to thank ACM and The Worshipful Company of Musicians for this fantastic opportunity to further my career.”
Scholarship winner and ACM student, Ayobami Salawu

All students studying on their final year of the Music Performance degree were eligible for the scholarship. To be considered students were invited to submit a video that showcased their ability and a personal statement of no more than 250 words, to articulate their plans for career development in the music industry after leaving ACM and how the money would help them achieve their goals.

“We are incredibly proud to offer this amazing opportunity to our student Ayobami in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Ayombami is one of our most talented students and we wish him the best for what looks to be a long career in the music industry.”
Adam Bushell, Director of Education at ACM

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