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Graduate hits the right note with local record label sponsor

16/09/2019

A University of Wolverhampton graduate has been awarded a prize which is designed to encourage students to study arts in the region.

Keira Carter, 20 from Birmingham, studied for a Popular Music degree at the School of Performing Arts based at the Walsall Campus.

She was awarded a certificate and a cheque for £250 by Revolver Music who have committed to supporting graduates over the next five years.

The annual award, "The Anthony Wilson Prize for Excellence in Popular Music, Sponsored by Revolver Music", will be presented to one graduate per year over the next five years for excelling in their music studies.

Revolver Music is an international, independent music label with a base in Wolverhampton that has signed The Stone Roses, Jaynes Addiction, Magnum and hundreds of other artists across North America and Europe.

Paul Birch from Revolver Music said: "Anthony Wilson was the owner of Factory Records in Manchester and also the Hacienda nightclub. He signed Joy Division, New Order, James and the Happy Mondays - he was also a continuity announcer and a newsreader on Granada TV.

"He sadly passed away ten years ago after battling with cancer and this annual prize is designed to keep his name alive.  His flair, can-do attitude and determination singled him out as a unique and stoic entrepreneur.  He went from famous to legend when Steve Coogan played him in the film, 24 Hour Party People, which documented the iconic Manchester label and nightclub that he founded.

"We hope that a prize award in his name will inspire music students for generations to come."

Keira hit the right note last year when she released her first single on Spotify and iTunes after responding to a brief to compose a song suitable to celebrate the graduating class of 2018 Performing Arts students.  Her composition, "You Light Me Up" was played at all the University graduation ceremonies.

Keira said: "I am very grateful to be honoured this prize which will benefit my professional status in the music industry. I have many aspirations and goals set out for my music career including working with videographers to shoot a music video for the Graduation Song of 2018 "You Light Me Up" with the help of local creatives.

2I am looking forward to my future now that I have collected the skills I needed in order for me to progress and appreciate all the help from people I have met along the way to make this journey possible."

For anyone who already has their results, applications can now be made through the Clearing website, calling the HOTLINE on 01902 518585 or contacting us through our Social Media channels on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  Anyone interested in studying at the School of Performing Arts should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 12th October 2019.

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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