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Elections 2021

All members have the chance to vote in this year’s elections to the new members’ Senate.

Voting closed on Friday 5 November at 4pm.

Every three years members elect fellow music creators to represent them and contribute to the running of the Academy. This year, members are voting for candidates to sit on the new 40-strong members’ Senate putting songwriters and composers at the heart of The Ivors Academy’s governance.

The Academy has worked hard to implement our 12-point equality, diversity and inclusion plan to increase representation from the widest pool of genres and backgrounds, and increasing engagement across ethnicity, D/deaf and disability, age, gender, LGBTQI+ and geographic location. Members are asked to actively support the Academy as it continues to strive to become a fully diverse and representative organisation of the UK creative music community.

Use your votes to elect a diverse range of candidates and support the Academy to achieve its aims of a representative Senate, Board and ultimately a better music industry.

Who are the Senate and what do they do?

The Senate will meet four times a year to ask questions of the Board and CEO and put member views at the centre of the Academy’s strategy and plans.

Senators will be involved in Committees, Advisory Groups and Councils to represent members’ interests and make recommendations to the Board. Up to 11 of the Senate will be appointed to the Board.

Why should I vote?

This is your opportunity to put your perspective at the heart of The Ivors Academy. Use your votes to choose candidates who you think will represent your voice. Elect a dedicated, talented and representative cohort of songwriters and composers at the heart of the Academy to steer our work and put the views and perspectives of members at the centre of what we do.

How do I vote?

UK Engage are hosting The Ivors Academy voting site. All current Ivors Academy members will be emailed a unique link by UK Engage when voting opens on Thursday 14 October. This unique link will give you instructions on how to cast your vote and will include a link to the online ballot paper.

If you are eligible to vote but haven’t received a voting email, please email membership@ivorsacdemy.com and a member of the team will be able to help you.

Who gets to vote and how does voting work?

Only current Ivors Academy members can vote in the election. Each member has up to 20 votes to allocate to the candidates.

Each vote for a candidate by a professional member counts as 10 votes and a vote for a candidate from a standard member counts as one vote.

If you need any additional support in order to vote, please email membership@ivorsacademy.com or call the office on 020 7636 2929 and a member of the team will be able to help you.

I applied to be a Senator – what happens now?

When voting opens on Thursday 14 October you will receive a prospective Senator toolkit from a member of the Academy team. The toolkit will include key dates and how to campaign and canvas votes for your Senate application. There are 81 candidates running for the Senate.

Elections 2021 timeline

Tuesday 31st August          Formal notice of elections and nominations open
Wednesday 8th September Be an Ivors Academy Senator evening (Zoom)
Friday 8th October Close of nominations
Thursday 14th October Online voting opens
Friday 5th November  Online voting closes
Thursday 11th November Senate results declared
Monday 15th November Senate meet for first time & nominations for Board open
Friday 19th November Nominations for Board close
Monday 22nd November Senate receive voting paper to elect Board
Monday 29th November Voting for Board closes
Tuesday 30th November    Results for Board declared
Wednesday 1st December    New and existing Board Directors meeting
Monday 10th January Senator induction day


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