Julia Leggett, ACM

Former singer-songwriter Julia Leggett is now chief executive at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. Here she gives her top tips on successful songwriting and offers insights into how to get ahead in the digital music business.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 23 Apr 2013
  • min read
She joined in 2004 and has played a key role in establishing ACM as one of Britain’s leading music colleges. She has overseen branches of the academy launch in South Africa, Europe and America, and has begun rolling out ACM as a franchise in the UK.

ACM offers contemporary music education to songwriters, musicians, producers and music business students. Each year they undertake full and part-time courses in music performance, production and business.

In 2008 ACM received a Queen's Award for Innovation and its patrons include Roger Taylor (Queen) and Nigel Elderton (peermusic, PRS board member). Meanwhile its alumni includes Newton Faulkner, Sugababes (Amelle Berrabah), Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwayne) and Lawson.

ACM is currently in talks with several major overseas cities about setting up colleges under the ACM brand. Here in the UK, plans for ACM centres in major cities are in the pipeline, with ACM South Coast (Bournemouth) opening last year, and another centre due in Manchester.

We caught up Julia to glean her top tips on successful songwriting. She explains how the music business has changed since she first started out in the eighties and offers insights into how to get ahead in the digital age.

Music for this video was made by ACM students Ollie Coombes, Sam James and Dave Tyler, who write and play together as Bare Jams.