In response to the death of George Floyd we will observe Blackout Tuesday on 2 June. Therefore this event which was originally scheduled to take place on 2 June, will now take place on 4 June at 13:00.
We are pleased to be holding a regular livestream coffee session hosted by Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and The Ivors Academy committee member Lady V.
This week we’re joined by Crispin Hunt, The Ivors Academy Chair, Naomi Pohl, MU Deputy Secretary and rapper Shao Dow, as they discuss the #FixStreaming campaign and explain how all creators can help build a strong and sustainable industry through positive change.
This week’s special guests include:
Crispin Hunt is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and record producer. He has written and worked with many artists including Jake Bugg, Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Newton Faulkner, Rod Stewart and Luke Sital Singh. As Chair of The Ivors Academy of Music Creators he campaigns in the UK and internationally, advocating for music creator rights and is an elected Director on both the PRS for Music and PPL Boards. He is the former lead singer of Britpop ban Longpigs and electro art group Mayonnaise with Howie B. He currently sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office Advisory Panel and is a former CEO of The Features Artist Coaliton.
Naomi Pohl is Deputy General Secretary at the Musicians’ Union. She has worked in the arts sector for nearly 20 years. Since joining the MU in 2009, she has represented musicians, songwriters and composers working across TV and film, the recorded music industry, in education, orchestras and theatre. Naomi has been involved in high profile campaigns for improved streaming royalties for performers, better funding for music education and the arts in general. During this Coronavirus pandemic, Naomi has been involved in setting up the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and launching the partnership with the Ivors Academy on the Keep Music Alive campaign.
London-born professional rapper, artist and manga author Shao Dow has opened for the likes of KRS-One, Wiley, Ghetts, Stormzy, and Skepta. It’s little wonder Shao scooped the 2017 AIM Award for Hardest Working Artist, having self-released three albums, which have sold more than 25,000 copies, created a headphones brand and published a manga book through his own company, DiY Gang Entertainment.