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Apply for our Advocacy Accelerator programme

Are you a songwriter or composer who is looking to take a leadership role in the music industry?

The Ivors Academy Advocacy Accelerator is an initiative being launched in 2022 to improve diversity of representation in the music industry by giving people from under-represented groups the opportunity to gain experience of being on the Board of the Ivors Academy and being developed via mentoring and training on the functions and structures of key organisations in the music industry.

The aim is for the Academy to help support a pipeline of diverse talent in future elections for industry Boards such as PRS, PPL etc. The aim is to also ensure the Ivors Academy has a pipeline of talent that can ensure strong diversity of representation in the organisation in future elections (the next Ivors Academy election being in Autumn 2024).


The Advocacy Accelerator will be a two-year programme comprised of the following components:   

  • One year period of tenure as a Director on the Ivors Academy Board plus a remaining period of tenure serving as an Ivors Academy Senator   
  • Join one or a number of the Academy’s Board Committees/Councils
  • Attend bi-monthly 2-hour Zoom-based modules delivered by the Policy Unit   
  • Mentoring by one of the Ivors Academy Ambassadors   
  • Shadowing at music industry meetings and events  
  • An induction and regular oversight meetings with programme leaders Orphy Robinson MBE and Ayanna Witter-Johnson   

Programme Benefits  

  • You will gain valuable insight and learn from industry leaders on tutorials across a wide range of subjects such as: music business landscape, governance, live campaigning issues and leadership skills
  • Receive a minimum attendance fee of £160 for attending Academy Board meetings   
  • Work under the mentorship of Board Directors Orphy Robinson MBE and Ayanna Witter-Johnson  
  • Be given the opportunity to attend influential meetings and events to raise your profile, including the Ivor Novello awards and Ivors Composer awards as well as our member programme events and conferences   
  • Receive support from Ivors Academy staff   
  • Gain professional development opportunities and support from The Ivors Academy and other music industry organisations   
  • Help to create opportunities for underrepresented music creators  


We are looking for four songwriters or composers who are: 

  • Based in the UK 
  • Are a professional member* of the Ivors Academy  
  • From underrepresented groups or have experienced barriers to accessing the music industry and wouldn’t ordinarily have access to opportunities like the Advocacy Accelerator  
  • Passionate about raising the profile of under-represented music creators  
  • Aspiring to become industry leaders as well as music makers  
  • Can commit to attending Board/Senate meetings, tutorials and annual review
  • Are available to commence the programme from 3rd October 2022 – 3rd October 2024
  • Able to attend The Ivors in London in May 2023 and other in-person events across the UK (travel and accommodation expenses provided) 

*Membership bursary schemes are available. For more information, please click here.  

Selection Process  

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews on 12th or 14th September 2022
  • The 4 successful candidates will be informed by 16th September 2022
  • A welcome meeting will take place week commencing 26th September 2022 and induction scheduled prior to the next meeting of the Board on 6th October 2022   

Deadline for applications 

Applications have now closed.

Skills and competencies  

  • A self-starter who is reliable and eager to learn 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Good knowledge of the music industry in your genre or local area 
  • Passionate, driven and have a desire to engage with other young music creators 

Values and common behaviours  

Our values are that we’re inclusive, respecting and championing difference and diversity; generous in our time, experience and understanding of each other; focused on cultivating, celebrating and campaigning for our members; proud of our role and heritage while constantly staying relevant and forging new innovations; and we demonstrate integrity through our actions, words and commitments. 

Key working relationships  

  • Advocacy Accelerator Project leaders  
  • Ivors Academy Board Directors and Senators  
  • Ivors Academy CEO & Chair 
  • Ivors Academy staff team 
  • External stakeholders  


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

The Ivors Academy aims to make the Advocacy Accelerator 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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