We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Ace, guitarist in Brit rockers Skunk Anansie and one of the UK’s top music educators, to ICMP as Head of Industry Partnerships & Business Development. 

Ace is the guitarist in UK rock band Skunk Anansie and has been working in music education for over 25 years. 

Formed in 1994, Skunk Anansie are one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe now with over 6 million physical sales to date and over 25 million Spotify streams per year plus winners of numerous awards.  

With career highlights including headline sets at Glastonbury to touring with everyone from Metallica to Killing Joke, the band is a real UK success story. 

We’re delighted that Ace will be bringing this huge amount of industry experience to ICMP and sharing his knowledge with our students. 

Commenting, Ace said:

It's great to be here at ICMP working alongside the innovative team with partnerships and business development! My view is, that it's important to be able to navigate the business of your business for longevity in the creative industries and a fulfilling career.

"A great portfolio, transferrable skills and multiple income streams are key to this, as well as futureproofing yourself with strategic planning. Add this to the talent, drive and focus of the students and staff here at ICMP and there’s an award-winning recipe for success!”

Paul Kirkham, ICMP Chief Executive, said: “It's fantastic news that Ace will be joining us in this exciting new role.

Ace has and continues to enjoy musical success at the very highest level and we know that his enthusiasm, talent and skill as an educator will be an invaluable asset for our students. We can't wait to welcome him to the ICMP team.”

Ace has been playing guitar and recording music for over 35 years and has been successful in the industry for over 27 of them. 

He has earned a reputation as being one of the top creative guitarists in the rock world as well as an author, educator, session player and musical entrepreneur. He has also been producing records professionally since 2001 for many European acts. 

Watch Ace performing with Skunk Anansie at the huge Pol'and'Rock Festival. 

Take the first steps in your music career with ICMP

We've been developing and delivering contemporary music education for over 30 years – longer than any other music school in the UK. With a proven track-record, countless music industry connections and unrivalled access to facilities, it's easy to see why hundreds of students choose ICMP each year. 

To completely immerse yourself in your music career, chat with our friendly Admissions Team via email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk or give them a call on 020 7328 0222.

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