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Apply for In the Room Leadership Development Programme – Deadline 5th April 12pm

  • Are you a songwriter or composer, aged 18 – 24 and based in the UK? 
  • Are you passionate about positively changing the music industry for other young creators? 
  • Would you like to be a music industry leader in the future? 

What is In the Room?

In the Room is a leadership development programme for 18 – 24 year old music creators delivered by The Ivors Academy, funded by Youth Music and supported by Help Musicians. Six participants will be selected for the 8-month scheme to work under the leadership and mentorship of under-25  Academy Board Directors Hope Winter and Imogen Williams.  

The aim of In the Room is to support young songwriters and composers from diverse backgrounds to develop their leadership skills, engage with the music industry and to work on paid research projects. The research will be focused on the issues that matter most to the In the Room representatives while helping The Ivors Academy to build stronger careers networks, increase engagement opportunities and to raise the voices of under-25 music creators in the UK.  

The opportunity will build the profile of participants, develop collaboration skills, increase industry contacts and provide the skills and experience to engage on influential music industry boards and councils. 

Programme Benefits

Over 8 months you will:

  • Be paid 3.5 hours per week to develop your leadership skills and to work on a research project to raise the voices of young music creators across the UK
  • Work under the mentorship of under-25 Board Directors Hope Winter and Imogen Williams.
  • Receive support to conduct your research project from Ivors Academy staff
  • Be given the opportunity to attend influential meetings and events to raise your profile, including The Ivors award ceremony
  • Create a video to promote your work as a creator and a young leader
  • Receive professional development opportunities and support from The Ivors Academy and Help Musicians
  • Have a travel and accommodation budget and a delegate pass for a conference of your choice
  • Receive under-25 membership of The Ivors Academy for one year.
  • Contribute to the work of The Ivors Academy’s Youth Council
  • Help to create opportunities for underrepresented music creators
  • Receive post-programme support and opportunities through The Ivors Academy


We are looking for six songwriters or composers who are:

  • Based in the UK.
  • Aged 18 – 24.
  • From underrepresented groups or have experienced barriers to accessing the music industry and wouldn’t ordinarily have access to opportunities like In the Room.
  • Passionate about raising the profile of other young music creators
  • Demonstrate diversity across a range of backgrounds, locations, and genres that make up the under-25 music community in the UK.
  • Aspiring to become industry leaders as well as music makers
  • Available for 3.5 hours per week between 9am –5pm. There will be some flexibility to hours
  • Able to attend The Ivors in London from 11am on the 19th May 2022 and other in-person events across the UK (travel and accommodation expenses provided)

Please note – you must have the right to work in the UK to apply for this programme.

Selection Process

  • Apply via the In the Room application form on The Ivors Academy website by 5pm on 31st March 2022
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews on 12th and 13th April 2022. The interview will involve you giving 5 minute pitch on the issues that matter most to you, followed by questions from the interview panel.
  • The 6 successful candidates will be informed by 22nd April 2022
  • A welcome meeting will take place 4th May 2022 from 10am – 12pm to launch In The Room.
  • In the Room will take place between May and December 2022

Download Job Description

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2022 at 5pm


Please email membership@ivorsacademy.com with any questions about this programme. 


If you require support to complete your application please email membership@ivorsacademy.com or call 020 7636 2929 and ask for Nicky Carder who can arrange a phone call to discuss your needs.

The Ivors Academy aims to make In the Room as accessible as possible with most programme work taking place on zoom with closed captions. In-person events will be coordinated to ensure they are wheelchair accessible. The pace of work can also be tailored to meet individual participants’ needs. If additional funding is required for work assistants, this can be discussed on a case by case basis.


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