Academy returns with £1m bursary for talent around the UK
BBC is to reopen the doors of its Fame Academy, which hot-housed
raw musical talent from all around the UK and in the process raised
£1 million for charity.
again profit made from phone lines and record sales from this hit
entertainment series will be added to the Fame Academy Bursary fund,
set up to give thousands of talented performers the chance to pursue
details on how young people, under the age of 30, can apply for
the bursary will be made in the coming month.
14 million phone votes in total were made during the show, with
the final ending on a high as 6.9 million viewers voted - making
it the highest ever poll for a BBC show.
Sneddon, the Fame Academy winner, will be advising the Fame
Academy Bursary's Board of Trustees.
said: "As a struggling young singer songwriter, I was desperate
for someone to give me the break I needed.
chance came through Fame Academy, and I hope thousands of others
get the opportunity they need through the £1 million raised
so far and whatever we can raise during this second series."
Fame Academy experience offers students the chance of a lifetime.
is the ultimate training academy for musical stardom and this year's
intake will benefit from the intensive training that put last year's
students into the charts and on the route to careers in the music
most experienced teachers in the business will offer guidance on
their musical and song writing skills, and they will be coached
and nurtured in their performance style and techniques.
Relief Does Fame Academy proved to be one of the highlights
of Red Nose Day, with the phone lines raising over £600,000
for the charity, resulting in the evening becoming the charity's
most successful to date.
with the raw talent needed to make it into the Academy will be hand-picked
from their audition tapes or through talent searches held around
the UK including, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
details are available by calling 0870 5122200.
ability is a must but producers will also be keeping an eye out
for students who can play their own instruments and compose their
five top students from the last series - David Sneddon, Sinead Quinn,
Malachi Cush, Lemar Obika and Ainslie Henderson - have all signed
record deals and are in the process of writing, recording and touring
all their own new original material.
Sneddon hit number one with his first single and is currently in
the charts at number three with his second single.
and Ainslie also had top five singles and Malachi's debut album
charted in the top 20.
other students are also using the song-writing, recording and vocal
skills that they developed in the Academy to pursue careers in music.
12 students have just completed a sell-out Fame Academy tour.
Academy is an Initial Production (part of Endemol UK).
aged 18 to 35, who can really sing, can attend one of the open auditions:
17 May at the W5 Odessey, Queen's Quay, Belfast;
18 May at the Hippodrome Theatre, Thorpe Street, Birmingham;
25 May, Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street
and at Manchesters New Century House, Corporation Street;
31 May, Old Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle;
1 June, the Marriot, Mill Lane, Cardiff;
London auditions take place on Saturday 7 June at the Novotel,
Shortlands in Hammersmith.
are first-come, first-served basis from 9.00am to 7.00pm.
should be prepared to sing a song of their choice and bring a full-length
photo of themselves.
they can send a photo and VHS or audio cassette of their singing
to Fame Academy, PO Box 32715, London W14 0WT. Tapes must arrive
by 24 May. This may save queuing at an audition.
and figures for Fame Academy and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy
Relief Does Fame Academy, on the night of Red Nose Day, was watched
by 13.8 million people and earned 53% share of viewing.
Academy - The Final was the top rated entertainment show of 2002
amongst the 16-34 year old age group.
BBC Choice Fame Academy - The Final was watched by up to 738,000
with 9.7% share across all multichannel homes. This made it the
most watched programme on BBC Choice.
Academy on CBBC reached 4.6 million children (50% of all children)
over the ten weeks.
Fame Academy interactive application attracted 1.6 million users,
with average time spent on the Live screen at least an hour a day.
This was one of BBCi's top five interactive applications since its
launch last year.
Fame Academy website attracted more than 14 million page impression
requests since it launched in October. The messageboard was the
busiest ever hosted by BBCi.
selection of Fame Academy releases
Relief Does Fame Academy - Will wins (14.03.03)
Relief Does Fame Academy - celebrity students revealed (03.03.03)
Academy raises £1 million to set up performing arts bursary
Sneddon wins Fame Academy (14.12.02)
Fame Academy announces 2002 intake of students (30.09.02)
Academy comes to the BBC (17.09.02)
BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview,
the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well
as on satellite and cable.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services
from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.