It’s been a good few years for British pop music.
Last year, Adele’s third album 25 became the best selling album in the world, with over 17.5 million copies sold in a single year. Meanwhile, Sam Smith won six Grammys, an Oscar and an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, and Ed Sheeran took the world by storm with a number one album and sell out stadium tours across the UK and America.
In order to nurture the new wave of British talent, a new music Academy has launched in London with the aim of educating, inspiring and developing the next generation of British performers, producers and music business entrepreneurs.
Located within the iconic Arts Club venue in Notting Hill – an infamous hotbed for music industry talent – the Notting Hill Academy of Music has just opened doors to its first wave of students.
The Academy aims to provide students with the necessary skills for a long-lasting career in music, with its initial course placing a particular emphasis on A&R and songwriting.
The course will be led by MD of the Academy Ewan Grant and founder of A&C media Tom Hollings, alongside many other industry professionals from companies such as Relentless Records, Columbia (Sony Music Entertainment), Warner Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1 Xtra, Spotify, VICE and Interlude Artists.
Taught by the best and backed by the industry, the vision of the Academy is to nurture innovative thinking through the provision of quality teaching and unrivalled access to industry placements. The Academy is backed by major industry body, BPI, and highly endorsed by its Main Patron, Trevor Nelson MBE.
A second intake to Academy will start in July 2016, for which there will be an open day on Saturday, 23rd April 2016. For anyone interested in attending the open day, head to http://nottinghillacademyofmusic.com/2830-2/ and register ahead of the date.