Abbey Road Institute
Helping an iconic cultural landmark train the next generation of musical icons.
In the ultra competitive higher education market, it’s notoriously difficult to stand out. We looked at Abbey Road’s rich history to help point us towards a future focussed solution.
What we did
Discovery & Definition
- Brand proposition
- Creative concepts
- Messaging and tone of voice
- Campaign communications
- Campaign identity
- Content creation
- Art direction
- Brand guidelines
- Brand toolkits
Abbey Road Institute is an educational initiative from Abbey Road Studios. Launched in London in September 2015, it now has schools in Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Berlin, all offering intensive one year programmes in audio engineering and acoustics, music theory and production, and music management. The courses harness the skills and expertise developed over 85 years within the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
The Baxter & Bailey team are fantastic. They proposed an exciting selection of ideas in response to our evolving brief and were a pleasure to work with. They were keen to understand and portray the unique offering we have at Abbey Road Institute and really showcase our student experience. I’m excited to see where we might go next with future projects.
Building on an existing brand identity, we helped the Institute to devise a recruitment campaign to turn the heads (and prick up the ears) of potential students. Devising a central campaign concept – Be the future sound makers – we then created a suite of flexible icons, campaign copy, a graphic system, and a series of portrait photographs shot by the brilliant Sony World Photography winner Alys Tomlinson.
The brand campaign helped to cement Abbey Road Institute’s status as a respected player on the higher education stage. The strength of its name, reputation and brand has ensured that the Institute continues to grow, attracting new cohorts of talented musicians and music producers every year.
It’s not often you’re invited to take a look behind the scenes at a world-famous cultural landmark. So special thanks to Hannah Fitzgerald, not only for inviting us to deliver this exciting project, but also for giving us a rare insight into the beating heart of the music industry.