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Black and white photo of a person playing the saxophone with the text, Composers Under Pressure

The vast majority of professional composers in these genres combine their compositional work with teaching and other musical activities. Any threat to these activities is therefore a threat to the portfolio careers that support professional composition. The Ivors Academy is campaigning to create a more secure environment for classical composers, where key commissioners have a […]

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The role of AI in music Music makers have always been at the forefront of using new technologies as part of their creative process. For example, the Beatles explored the potential of multitrack recording and MIDI and digital sampling were crucial to the development of hip-hop in the ’80s. AI will be no different. As […]

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35% of media composers have taken buyouts or work for hire deals 41% had to give away more of their mechanical rights than they wanted to 64% believe the commissioning environment is coercive Media composers deserve to work in an environment that is fair, where their rights are respected, the pitching process is transparent and […]

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Music streaming is fundamentally unfair and needs reform. We are campaigning to Fix Streaming but at the same time, highly acclaimed songwriters are struggling to pay the rent while labels enjoy record revenues from streaming. “Pay songwriters for our minds and our time.” MNEK WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN There are quick and easy steps that […]

It’s time for a complete re-set of streaming Streaming has transformed the way we listen to and discover music. But the law has not kept up with the pace of technological change. As a result, songwriters and performers are not paid fairly when their music is streamed. That’s why we’re campaigning with the MU, songwriters, […]

Our first major step in formalising this activity has been to establish a Diversity Working Group, led by Wesley John, who has run our Academic Partnerships programmes at the Academy over the past few years and now takes on a role leading our Diversity & Inclusion activity. At our AGM in July 2019, we held […]

19th March 2019 Dear Mr Davey, When questions arise as to whether Radio 3 is ‘dumbing down’, our first line of defence as composers is to cite those programmes which uphold the BBC’s mission statement ‘to enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.’ This would include Composer Of The Week, […]

About this campaign We have been campaigning to create a fairer environment for copyright since 2016 and have most recently produced a song: ‘Just Say Yes’ to encourage the European Parliament to approve the Copyright Directive on Tuesday 26 March 2019. The overarching objective of the Directive is twofold. First, it boosts the user-generated economy. […]


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