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Month: June 2020

On 12th September 1974 the Academy held its first presentation of Gold Badge Awards at the Connaught Rooms in London. A Gold Badge acknowledges a champion of music creators; exceptional individuals who support and encourage the work of songwriters and composers. It was in this inaugural year that the Academy, then known as the Songwriters […]

The Ivors Academy has today announced that The Ivors ceremony at the Grosvenor House London, which was due to be held on 2 September 2020, will no longer go ahead.  However, the winners of Ivor Novello Awards for this year will still be announced on this date. The Ivors was postponed from its traditional May […]

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy Words were never meant to paint a sense of music. Only to accompany it. Words can’t hope to interpret the melody of our dear friend, musician, inspiration, mentor, thinker, innovator and visionary Rupert Hine. Rupert passed away on 4th June 2020 at his home, with his family beside […]

The BBC itself makes clear it sees the need for modernisation to keep up with the digital era we live in. We argued it is vital that its evolution doesn’t cause a revolution, where everything that makes the BBC great will be lost. We showcased the BBC’s central role in commissioning, producing, broadcasting, and developing […]

A report by the Creative Industries Federation has shown how the UK is undergoing a “cultural catastrophe”: 400,000 creative jobs could be lost, and the UK creative industries are projected to lose £1.4 billion a week in revenue in 2020. Cultural sectors, and music in particular, have been hit hard by the pandemic. Music creators […]

The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union formed an alliance in early May to ‘Keep Music Alive’ and Fix Streaming.  Just over a month into the campaign, a petition established by the two organisations calling for a government review into streaming revenues and the distribution of royalties has gained over 13,000 signatures. Meanwhile, an artist-led movement […]

The Ivors Academy, Musicians’ Union, Association of British Orchestras, BPI, Music Publishers Association and PRS for Music have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, calling on the Government to provide essential support to the UK’s classical music sector. The letter sets out the economic and […]

We have submitted written evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers. We made the case for how the music-creating business is at an all-time low, and proposed essential next steps for the recovery of our sector. Recent findings have shown that […]

“We stand with the African American community in solidarity at this time of great pain and turmoil. Nothing can ever justify racism, and until we can all join forces to speak out, while actively seeking solutions to dismantle the mindsets that hold one person’s perceived privilege superior over another person’s very existence, nothing of substance […]

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