The Academy of Contemporary Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) was founded 22 years ago on a single, fundamental principle: an absolute passion for delivering outstanding contemporary music education. Whether students choose to focus on music performance, songwriting, production, technical services or business management, we pride ourselves on delivering an immersive music industry education in which we match the highest quality of teaching and learning with an unparalleled student experience. Representing every corner of the field they hope to work in, ACM is a microcosm of the music industry in which its students really can work together and learn by doing. 

The talented students who join us from all around the world share their classrooms with like-minded people who are committed to pursuing a career in music. We’re look for those with passion, potential, character and commitment coupled with a desire to learn.

We’re interested in our students’ careers as much as their studies, dedicating an entire department to supporting their professional development, and helping them take their first steps into the music industry. ACM’s Industry Link team is headed up by Martin ‘Ace’ Kent (of Skunk Anansie fame). ACM students also enjoy an access all areas pass to Europe’s largest recording complex, in which the likes of Queen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Wil.i.am and countless others have recorded, and some still record, today. This joining of educational and professional environments has created a unique end-to- end proposition for those wanting to pursue a career in the music and wider creative industries, not to be found anywhere else in music education.

Creative Youth

Creative Youth is a not for profit, registered charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the Arts.  The charity allows young people to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects working with artists of the highest quality – often encouraging the artists and participants themselves to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries within their own work.  In close collaboration with key partners, Creative Youth aspires to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic business and strategic support, allowing the next generation of artists to flourish.
As well as targeting some of the most vulnerable young people in the community, Creative Youth also reach out to large and diverse audiences as demonstrated by our commitment to using public spaces, street art and digital technology, enabling us to reach new, untapped audiences.  With the support and continuous involvement throughout the year of our President HRH the Earl of Wessex, Creative Youth has increased awareness regarding the importance and development of Youth Arts.

The core aims of Creative Youth (CY) are:

• Enabling young people to realise their potential through the Arts
• Equipping young people with the skills and confidence to succeed
• Celebrating the achievements of young people in the Arts
• Producing high quality programmes that showcase and support young and emerging artists

Creative Youth engages young people via different platforms e.g:

• Creative Youth organises and delivers distinct arts projects in collaboration with various diverse groups of young individuals in order to promote community engagement through the Arts.
• Creative Youth organises and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston – the leading youth arts festival in the UK.
• Creative Youth has a volunteer programme which has a core team of 50 volunteers, increasing to more than double that number during the festival period, who work on a multiple of projects.

Time and Leisure

Time & Leisure is the leading lifestyle media specialising in southwest London and north Surrey. It has been established for 20 years and has built a trusted reputation from both readers and businesses as the go to media for its local and lifestyle content.

It was set up in Wimbledon by Tony and Maggie Kane and over time, it has extended to cover south west London and parts of Surrey. It is now owned by Tony and Maggie’s daughter, Lucy and remains a privately owned, independent business.

Time & Leisure publishes 4 lifestyle magazines which have a combined readership of over 218,000 people every month, with a print run of 115,000 every month as follows:
Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes: 40,000
Clapham, Battersea, Fulham: 30,000
Kingston, Teddington, Surbiton, The Dittons and surrounding areas: 25,000
Kingswood, Banstead, Carshalton, Sutton, Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Dorking, Reigate: 20,000
The magazines are home-delivered to carefully selected households and reach consumers with high incomes who actively invest in their homes, family and lifestyle. They are very socially active, with a strong interest in the arts, travel and eating out. The arts has always been at the heart of its content with excellent coverage and support of What’s On and cultural events across the region.
There is also a range of digital services, including an active subscriber list of over 12,000 people weekly for newsletters and updates.

The business retains its family ethos, with the aim of being the most trusted local media – inspiring, informing and connecting local communities, whether they are readers, community interest groups or advertisers. The magazine content is selected to be relevant and practical to readers’ local lifestyles, which gives them a real utility value and results in them being retained and referred to on multiple occasions during the month.

Alongside its publications, Time & Leisure actively supports and partners with local events, including everything from its own Food and Drink Awards (now in their 7th year) to the Wimbledon Village Fair (35,000 visitors) and a number of business awards across the region.

In summary, Time & Leisure is all about local, lifestyle and luxury.