SEPTEMBER 18, 2009


UCO Celebrates Opening of Innovative Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown

The University of Central Oklahoma celebrated the grand opening of its new Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO (ACM@UCO) on Aug. 12 just days before the first classes started in the new academy.

Distinguished music industry veterans like Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne and Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter Graham Colton mingled with state officials like Lt. Governor Jari Askins to take exclusive tours of the new facility, located in
the Oklahoma Hardware Building in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

A public celebration followed at the United Way Plaza in lower Bricktown with performances from Oklahoma-based bands The Uglysuit, Mama Sweet and Rainbows are Free.

Since announcing the ACM@UCO’s creation last fall, the so-called “School of Rock” has generated worldwide buzz about its innovative, ground-breaking approach to music education – the first of its kind in the United States.

The ACM@UCO builds on the reputation of the original Academy of Music in Guildford, England, as a leading school for rock and pop musicians in Europe, providing unique educational opportunities for students who aspire to have a career in the
music industry, with targeted, innovative classes in both performance and production taught by professionals with real
world industry experience.

Scott Booker, UCO graduate, owner of Hellfire Enterprises Limited and manager of the internationally renowned and Oklahoma City-based rock band The Flaming Lips, serves as CEO of the academy, and has assembled a faculty and staff of industry veterans to teach during the ACM@UCO’s first year.

The ACM@UCO will officially began classes Aug. 17 with 160 students from throughout the U.S. and the world. For more information, visit