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Championing songwriters and composers

The Ivors Academy is the UK’s not-for-profit professional association for songwriters and composers. We empower our members, champion their rights and value, celebrate the highest achievements and foster a supportive community.

We support and empower our members at every stage of their careers.

Sting with an Ivor Novello Award on becoming a Fellow of The Ivors Academy in May 2023

The professional association for songwriters and composers

The Ivors Academy represents songwriters and composers across every genre. We support, celebrate and nurture the craft of our members through campaigns, events, networks and awards.

As a membership organisation, we support and connect songwriters and composers in every genre and at every stage of their careers.

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Nandi at Inside Track Live 2023

Representing a diverse, talented community

We welcome all songwriters and composers across all genres and disciplines. Inclusivity is a key value of The Ivors Academy, find out more about our values and mission.

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Ivors Academy Board Directors Imogen Williams and Anna Phoebe at The Ivors Classical Awards 2023

A passionate team

Our staff, Board, Senate, Councils and are dedicated to representing and championing our members’ interests.

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Julian Joseph writing music


Fellowship is the highest honour we bestow. It has been presented to the most important and influential songwriters and composers including Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush, John Adams, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Paul McCartney, Julian Joseph, Judith Weir and Sting. Each becomes a member of The Ivors Academy.

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George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley at The Ivors

Our history

The Ivors Academy continues a long legacy supporting and promoting songwriters and composers. We have championed their rights and value since our formation in 1944 as the Composers Guild of Great Britain. Our commitment to recognising excellence is reflected through Ivor Novello Awards, which were first presented in 1956 to celebrate the diverse artistry of British and Irish music.

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