In a year that commemorates Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday the Academy of Contemporay Music revealed the first ever scholarship in the iconic Queen frontman's name.
The prestigious scholarship will fully fund a student's entire three-year course, and is worth up to £27,000. Both Queen band members, Roger Taylor and Brian May are patrons of the organisation and are delighted to see the award offered to a promising student.
Roger Taylor stated, “Freddie’s name endures in so many ways so it’s therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius!”
Guitarist Brian May added, “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. Of course Metropolis holds a very special place in Queen history, and it’s a pleasure to continue that link.”
It's a fitting tribute to the singer that continues the strong relationship between Queen, ACM and Metropolis Studios. It was one of Freddie’s favourite recording studios, and where Queen recorded much of their 'Innuendo' album, their last in Freddie’s lifetime.
According to the ACM, the degree programme offers unlimited access to the studio, one of the world’s largest independent recording facilities, where over 50% of the UK’s Top 40 is serviced. And, it marks an incredible opportunity for a student, with applications now open for places beginning September 2016.