The Academy of Contemporary Music Surrey UK has announced the very first recipient of the prestigious Freddie Mercury Scholarship.
The winner, Arjelevez Maxwell, was chosen due to her outstanding talent for songwriting, her passion and potential.
Arjelevez will study the Music Industry Practice degree — completely debt free — and will be based at the iconic Metropolis Studios.
ACM and Metropolis announced the first ever Freddie Mercury Scholarship in May 2016.
Both ACM and rock-band Queen felt that this scholarship would be an excellent celebration of Freddie’s 70th birthday —it fell on September 5th.
ACM are world leaders in music education, and work to assure fresh talent is brought into the heart of the music industry.
Having moulded the skills-sector as groundbreakers and originators for over 20 years, it was clear to both ACM and Queen that this was the perfect opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the next generation of gifted students.
Metropolis Studios CEO, Ian Brenchley, is looking forward to welcoming Arjelevez Maxwell to the powerhouse studio which is the world’s largest independent recording facility, where over 50% of the UK’s Top 40 is serviced.
“We are very excited to welcome Arjelevez on to our ACM degree programme here at Metropolis...” He explained. “Freddie wrote and recorded so much material at our studio and we really feel his legacy lives on whenever we hear his Fazioli grand piano played in Studio A. ”
“As a creative at the forefront of the industry and a pioneer of his time, I know Freddie too would be extremely pleased to offer this fantastic opportunity to such a talented young woman.”
“I love making music more than anything...” Arjelevez Maxwell, the Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner told us, “ I already felt so lucky to have an opportunity to do this at the Metropolis Studios — I really am over the moon to have been picked for the scholarship and ready for what the future holds…”
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