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The Academy of Contemporary Music
Rodboro Buildings Campus

TypeMusic School
MottoWorld Leaders in Music Industry Education[1]

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a music academy in Guildford, Surrey, England providing contemporary music-based courses.

The school of music has a focus on rock, pop music, electronic dance music and a vocational approach. The school has links with Guildford's Electric Theatre, Guildford College, Middlesex University and University of Surrey.


The Academy of Contemporary Music was created by guitar tutor Phil Brookes[3] and Peter Anderton of Andertons Music Co.[4] In the 2000s, the academy partnered with three educational establishments for awarding qualifications: Guildford College which grants BTEC/Edexcel awards for the lower discipline, Middlesex University and the University of Surrey. The latter validate the Certificate in Higher Education for the intermediate discipline, award degrees at BA (Hons) and BMus (Hons) through to an MA (Masters) in contemporary music in partnership with ACM.


In May 2008, ACM was awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation (Technology).[5] In late 2009, with support from the University of Central Oklahoma, ACM opened a base outside of the UK in Downtown Oklahoma City, appointing Scott Booker as executive director.

In August 2013, ownership of ACM was acquired by Kainne Clements, who also co-owns Metropolis Studios.[6]

Previous students

Alumni / former students of ACM (including academic music courses in which vocational placements were made with ACM) include:


  1. ^ "ACM Website: Home Page". Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  2. ^ "ACM Website: About Us Page". Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b Tim Edwards (23 March 2006). "The Independent: Contemporary music academies give stars of future a chance to be heard". Archived from the original on 21 April 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  4. ^ "The Captain Meets His Dad - The History Of Andertons Music Co". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. ^ Queen's Award - Innovation Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine at Business Link
  6. ^ "ACM Partner With Metropolis". 26 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b "ACM Website: Students Into Industry". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Matt Healy (The 1975)". ACM. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  9. ^ Nightingale, Laura (26 February 2023). "The Surrey music school Ed Sheeran went to before he was famous". Surrey Live. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Nicol R". River Music School.

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