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Entries Have Closed for the Rising Star Award 2023

Entries have now closed for the Rising Star Award 2023, which honours 18 to 24 year old British and Irish songwriters with exceptional potential and ambition.

In its fourth year, the award discovers, supports, and accelerates the careers of the most promising music creators. Past winners and nominees include Mysie, Griff, Willow Kayne, Rachel Chinouriri, Naomi Kimpenu and Holly Humberstone.

If nominated, you will be part of a mentoring scheme from The Ivors Academy and receive a year-long mentorship from a well-established Academy member to develop your network, discover new opportunities and understand how to navigate your career.

Nominees attend The Ivors and the winner will receive a dedicated Ivor Novello and join a roll call of songwriting greats.


You must be a British or Irish national or ordinarily resident in the UK from 1 January to 31 December 2022 inclusive to enter. In the instance of songwriting partnerships (such as bands), 50% of the named songwriters must qualify due to nationality or residency.

You also need to be aged between 18 and 24 at the time of entry. In the instance of songwriting partnerships, 50% of the named songwriters must qualify due to the age limit.

The Rising Star Award is free to enter. You must be an Under 25 member of The Ivors Academy and we have bursaries if you face financial barriers. Find out more about Under 25 membership and bursaries.

Previous acknowledgement with an Ivor Novello Award or nomination precludes entry to the Rising Star Award.

Enter by Friday 20 January 2023.

You’ll need to upload three original songs that you’ve written or co-written. These should demonstrate your exceptional creative talent and there is an expectation that the music is widely distributed and therefore available on major streaming platforms.

Check the full rules before entering as there are additional requirements.

If you have any questions, contact awards@ivorsacademy.com.



Monday 5 December: Entries open

Friday 20 January: Entries close

Tuesday 18 April: Nominees announced

Thursday 18 May: Winner announced at The Ivors 2023

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