ACC Alumni: Alex Anderson

We recently caught up with former ACC Manchester’s Vocal Artist student, Alex Anderson who navigated his time at ACC in 2020 from irl classes, to virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now collaborating with other artists on EP releases and social media campaigns,, Alex’s narrative is a testament to resilience, creativity, and the transformative power of education in music.

We delve into Alex’s firsthand experiences, explore the role that ACC played in nurturing his musical talent and shaping his career aspirations. 


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Q+A with Alex Anderson – ACC Alumni

Can you tell us about your journey at Access Creative College, specifically your experience with the Vocal Artist L2 & L3 courses?

I began studying Vocal Artist Level 2 at ACC Manchester in September 2020. During this time, I was battling depression and anxiety, but the unwavering support from the college staff, both in terms of my mental health and coursework, was invaluable. Despite the challenges, I cherished my time at ACC for the incredible opportunities it offered. From performing at renowned music venues in Manchester like The Lion’s Den and Retro Bar MCR, to completing my Level 2 with distinction, ACC paved the way for my growth as a singer-songwriter and music manager. Continuing onto the Level 3 Vocal Artist course, I served as a Learner Ambassador for Manchester, gaining insights into student life and fostering a sense of community among my peers. These three years at ACC solidified my aspirations in the music industry.


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Alex Anderson live

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in music, and how did your time at ACC help shape your aspirations?

My journey in music began in Year 9, fueled by a deep-seated passion ignited by a childhood memory. I vividly recall soothing my crying nephew with a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” a moment that sparked my desire to pursue music as a career. At ACC, I found the guidance and resources to nurture this passion. From music performance and composition to copyright and royalties, the Vocal Artist courses equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the music industry confidently.


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How did the Vocal Artist course at Access Creative College prepare you for the challenges and opportunities within the music industry?

The Vocal Artist courses at ACC provided me with real-world experience and essential skills for a career in the music industry. Through performance opportunities, composition projects, and modules on industry practices, I gained invaluable insights into the workings of the music business. For instance, when faced with a challenging situation where I wasn’t paid for a performance, my teachers guided me in drafting a contract to protect my interests—a lesson that proved invaluable.


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Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, you mentioned that the staff at ACC worked hard to provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents. Can you elaborate on some of these experiences?

During the pandemic, ACC adapted swiftly to ensure students could continue their artistic journey. While the shift to online learning posed initial hurdles, ACC went above and beyond to create opportunities for us to perform and showcase our talents. Whether it was virtual performances or limited access to facilities, ACC ensured that we could continue honing our skills and pursuing our passion for music.


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Graduating with a Distinction is a significant achievement. Can you share some insights into the projects or performances that contributed to your success?

The personalised support and mentorship I received at ACC were instrumental in my academic success. From one-on-one sessions to collaborative projects like the talent-show themed event, ACC provided a nurturing environment for creative expression and growth. Projects like these not only enhanced my skills but also instilled the confidence to pursue my dreams in the music industry.


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You mentioned having a detailed EPK (Electronic Press Kit) from Access. How has this resource been beneficial as you transition into the first year of your BA Music Management & Creative Enterprise Course at university?

The EPK provided by ACC served as a valuable tool in my university application process. It showcased my experiences and accomplishments, giving me a competitive edge. Moreover, it continues to aid me in networking and securing gigs, allowing me to share my journey and portfolio effortlessly.


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What advice would you give to current and future students considering pursuing a career in music, based on your own experiences and learnings at Access Creative College?

My advice to aspiring musicians is simple: pursue your passion with dedication and joy. Find joy in your work, and success will follow naturally. Embrace every opportunity to learn and grow, and never lose sight of your dreams.


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Alex Anderson singing

Looking back on your time at Access, what are some of your fondest memories or standout moments?

Reflecting on my time at ACC, countless fond memories flood my mind. From writing and performing songs with friends to impromptu jam sessions in the studio, each moment was a testament to the camaraderie and creativity fostered at ACC. One standout memory includes winning VIP tickets to Parklife through a college competition—a surreal experience that underscored the incredible opportunities afforded by ACC.


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Can you share any exciting projects or goals you’re currently working on or hoping to pursue in the future?

Currently, I’m collaborating on a social media-based marketing campaign for an artist and planning the release of an EP featuring original compositions. As I embark on my journey in university, I aspire to continue exploring new avenues in music and honing my craft as a vocalist and music manager.


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Lastly, what role do you believe Access Creative College played in shaping your journey and helping you achieve your goals in the music industry?

Access Creative College has been my guiding light, shaping my journey and nurturing my passion for music. From unwavering support during challenging times to providing invaluable resources and opportunities, ACC has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. I owe my success and gratitude to the dedicated staff and nurturing environment at ACC.


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Explore Your Passion for Music with our Vocal Artist Course

At Access Creative College, we want to empower aspiring musicians like Alex to follow their ambition. 

Our Vocal Artist Course offers an industry-led curriculum designed to refine your vocal skills, enhance your stage presence, and equip you with essential tools for a successful career in the music industry. Ready to use your voice? Apply now to start your vocal artist career in September!

Last updated on: 26th March 2024