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Rising star award with Apple Music

Nominees for the new Rising Star Ivor Novello Award have been announced.

The Rising Star Award with Apple Music is the first new Ivor Novello Award category to be introduced in 10 years and honours young British and Irish songwriting and composing talent who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition.

The new award helps discover, support, and accelerate the careers of the most promising music creators in the UK and Ireland.

A public call for submissions was held by The Ivors Academy for the Rising Star Award last year, receiving the most applications for any category in the 65-year history of The Ivors.

The award includes a new mentoring scheme from Apple Music whereby all nominees receive a year-long mentorship from a well-established Academy member to help develop their networks, discover new opportunities and better understand how to navigate their careers. Representing an incredible array of talent and experience, this year’s mentors are: Nile Rodgers, Fraser T. Smith, Kamille, Anna Meredith and David Arnold.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Listen to music from this year’s nominees, watch the interviews with their mentors and more on Apple Music: apple.co/TheIvors

Meet the rising stars

  • Amahla

    Soul singer-songwriter Amahla has already garnered critical acclaim since releasing her debut EP ‘Consider This’ and performances at The Royal Albert Hall and Jazz Cafe. Amahla's latest single 'Apathy' showcases her ability to influence society not only to reflect it.

    Listen to Amahla on Apple Music
  • Carmel Smickersgill

    Carmel Smickersgill is a composer based in Manchester working predominantly within classical and electronic genres. A Royal Northern College of Music graduate, she is also the recipient of the 2019 Christopher Brooks prize with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

    Listen to Carmel Smickersgill on Apple Music
  • Griff

    Pop artist Griff plays, writes and largely produces her own music, blending soulful vocals with pop hooks over sparse atmospheric arrangements and beats. Her most recent single ‘Forgive Myself’ follows ‘Good Stuff’ and 2019’s EP ‘The Mirror Talk’.

    Listen to Griff on Apple Music
  • lullahush

    Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McIntyre is the talent behind musical project lullahush. A measure of the distance between ambience and pop, lullahush released ‘Elysium’ and ‘If Spring Had a Spare Room I’d Rent It With You’ in 2019.

    Listen to lullahush on Apple Music
  • Mysie

    Artist and songwriter Mysie released her debut EP ‘Chapter 11’ in 2019. Focused on the freedom music provides and rejecting genres and stereotypes, she has since dropped additional singles ‘Sweet Relief’, ‘Heartbeat’ and most recently, ‘Gift’.

    Listen to Mysie on Apple Music
Watch and listen on Apple Music

Discover music from the Rising Star Nominees and much more on Apple Music.

Get to know the 2020 Rising Stars through a specially curated playlist, watch interviews with each nominee and their mentors, and listen to our archive of Ivor Novello Award winning songs, film, and television scores.

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