Promising music students in the U.K. will get to go to school for free, courtesy of Queen and Freddie Mercury.
The new Academy of Contemporary Music in London, slates to open this fall, will offer a Mercury scholarship providing a full three-year ride for recipients.
ACM & Metropolis Studios #FreddieMercury Scholarship announced! @brianmaycom @MercuryMOTG http://www.acm.ac.uk/freddie-mercury-scholarship ...pic.twitter.com/DnGYW54fTb
Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor are patrons of the school, and Taylor said in a statement that, "Freddie's name endures in so many ways, so it's therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius." May added, "This scholarship will be a lasting tribute to Freddie and the path he blazed. He would be happy to see young talent being helped to blossom."
The ACM is part of a partnership with Metropolis Studios, where Queen recorded much of its work -- including its final album, 1991's "Innuendo."
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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.