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Equality

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION 

Equality, diversity, and inclusion matter to The Ivors Academy. As the professional home for all music creators we take our responsibility to champion a more diverse and inclusive music industry seriously. 

We strive to reflect the diversity of the UK creative music community in our organisation and seek to proactively help to break down the barriers of inequality so that anyone from any background can successfully pursue a career as a music creator.  

Cultural diversity brings unlimited potential for excellence and innovationHaving a diverse and inclusive songwriter and composer community underpins a strong and healthy society. 

We want to see a music industry that is free from discrimination and prejudice, where all music creators are treated equally and have the same opportunities for their talent to succeed irrespective of their identity or background. 

While championing equality, diversity and inclusion is a long-standing priority at the Academy we recognise that much needs to change and we are committed to making progress.  

It is the Chief Executive’s responsibility – with support from the Academy Board, Committees, EDI Steering Group and employees – to create policies and take actions that support equality, diversity and inclusion. We have a dedicated group, including members of our Board and Committees who are tasked with ensuring that we are listening and taking action wherever possible.  

The Academy actively encourages and embraces diversity of opinions and the perspectives of all music creators and their representative. If you would like to find out more about our work in this area, or provide feedback and comments on what the Academy is doing and planning, please contact Wesley John, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager at equality@ivorsacademy.com 

PROGRESS 

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion has been fundamental to the Academy’s work for several yearsRecent progress includes: 

As part of our commitment to the KeyChange initiative in 2019 the Academy is committed to two key goals which are intended to increase the extent of diversity and inclusion in our membership and activities: 

  • Increase the extent to which the Academy Boards and Committees are representative of the diversity of the UK creative music community.  
  • Increase the extent to which the Academy presented awards are representative of the diversity of the UK creative music community.  

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STEERING GROUP  

Our creator-led Steering Group is formed from members of the Academy Board and Committees supplemented by other members and experts. The Steering Group continues to grow and adapt to better reflect all aspects of diversity and inclusion. Similarly, its agenda must respond to events and the intersectionality that comes from reflecting issues from across the diversity of social categorisations.  

The Steering Group maintains the Academy’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.  

RESEARCH 

The Academy seeks to represent the views of all songwriters and composers in the UK. To do this effectively we must constantly and proactively seek the views of the creative community.  

Our approach is to gain views from across the music sector through research, led by creators and involving representatives from these different communities.  

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