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At our Annual General Meeting, The Ivors Academy invited supporters from around the globe become part of their mission empowering, supporting and championing songwriters and composers by becoming a Friend. This marks a significant milestone in the Academy’s 80-year history, by building an extended community that appreciates the talent and craft of songwriters and composers. […]

Bruce Springsteen's Ivor Novello Award statuette

Back in 1974, at the age of 31, I had become disillusioned with working for two large companies and decided to have a go with my own business. I saw a non-ferrous foundry advertised for sale in the local newspaper, and this piqued my interest, having had some involvement with the iron foundry, at my […]

Entries for The Ivors Classical Awards open today, 28th May 2024. The awards recognise and celebrate creative excellence by classical composers and sound artists. Each winner receives a coveted Ivor Novello Award, which are widely recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956.   An Ivor Novello Award is unique as it […]

This year’s Songwriter of the Year with Amazon Music went to RAYE. Described by the judges as having “the voice of a generation”, RAYE is one of the UK’s finest songwriters. This win caps off an incredible 12 months since the release of her debut album, My 21st Century Blues, and completes a full circle […]

The event, in partnership with the Ivors Academy, returns to the London Palladium for a spectacular evening celebrating some of the world’s greatest songwriters. It raises money for three music charities – The Ivors Academy Trust, The BRIT School and Nordoff & Robbins.  The sold-out event was made possible thanks to its sponsorship partners, who […]

Lauren Laverne enjoyed a stellar first year as host of the Ivor Novellos last year. But she actually experienced her first dose of The Ivors’ unique magic the year before, when she was announced as the new host while giving Paul Gambaccini an award to mark his remarkable 34- year stint as The Ivors’ presenter. […]

Amazon Music will return to broadcast live behind the scenes from The Ivors, with the Twitch stream hosted by Zach Sang and TikTok star, Ayamé. The broadcast will feature red carpet interviews with Ayamé, backstage reactions from the winners with Zach Sang, alongside exclusive performances from nominees including METTE and Victoria Canal. Additionally, there will […]

Classical, jazz, sound art, film and media composers and songwriters make a valuable and vital contribution to Wales’ economy, culture, national identity, and wellbeing. Wales is often referred to as the ‘Land of Song’, and these genres rely on a thriving cultural ecosystem, public and charitable funding, public service broadcasting, and an education system that […]

Three years ago the Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union (MU) launched Composers Against Buyouts, a campaign designed to raise awareness about, and to tackle, unfair royalty buyouts in media commissioning contracts. As our work in this space developed, we became increasingly aware of other problems in the commissioning process, including a general lack of transparency, […]

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee has published a report on Creator Remuneration following meetings in parliament where Ivors Academy Board member VV Brown and Nile Rodgers gave evidence to MPs about the issues facing songwriters.  This report is published by the same committee that produced the ‘Economics of Streaming’ inquiry in 2021 that […]

The Ivors Academy has today revealed Bruce Springsteen as the latest songwriter to become an Academy Fellow, the highest honour the organisation bestows. With this, the iconic US musician will become the first-ever international songwriter that the Academy has inducted into Fellowship in its 80-year history. One of the most influential and important songwriters of […]

About the role Supporting The Ivors Academy’s Awards Team with all aspects of event and project administration, in relation to The Ivors with Amazon Music awards ceremony on Thursday 23rd May 2024. This is a temporary, freelance role reporting to the Senior Awards Manager. The role requires strong administrative and IT skills, a meticulous attention […]

Meet Lauren.. I’m Lauren Landon and I’m part of the Music Deals and Partnerships team at Meta. I lead our day-to-day partnerships with music publishers and collecting societies across Europe, Middle-East, Africa & Latin America, as well as advocating for songwriter needs across our family of apps. We have a small but mighty team – […]

The Ivors Academy today announced that Graham Davies will be stepping down as its Chief Executive to take up the role of President and CEO of DiMA (Digital Media Association). In a statement, Davies said, “I am very proud to have led The Ivors Academy for the last five years. We delivered an ambitious plan […]

The programme helps emerging UK-based composers from diverse backgrounds explore the many opportunities that exist for composers working in educational settings, whether writing for a school orchestra, community choir, graded exam syllabus or online resource. The composers will receive dedicated mentoring from composer and educator Sarah Watts, as well as specialist input as they work […]

The Ivors Academy, the UK’s leading organisation for songwriters and composers, has announced the speaker line-up for its upcoming Global Creators Summit on AI and Music, taking place on 20th September 2023 at Tanner Warehouse in London. The summit, supported by PRS for Music, will explore the latest developments in AI and music, and how […]

The Ivors Academy has opened entries for The Ivors Composer Awards 2022, which recognise creative excellence in composition for contemporary classical, jazz, and sound arts. Each winner receives a coveted Ivor Novello Award, which are widely recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956. An Ivor Novello Award is unique […]

Sir Harrison Birtwistle was a longstanding member of The Ivors Academy who won a remarkable 8 British Composer Awards and, in 2006, the prestigious Ivors Classical Music Award. He was the Academy’s most awarded classical composer. Here, members of the classical community share personal memories of the life and legacy of the great composer.  Words […]

Focus, grow and thrive in music with the help of a mentor Co-Pilot: the Musicians’ Mentoring Network supports music creators with their development by pairing them with an experienced industry mentor. Navigating the music business, as well as the creative, logistical, financial, and emotional pressures that come with being a music creator, can make sustaining […]

Mira Calix was an innovative creative artist, a leader in her field. Her work speaks for itself and her many commissions firmly established her as one of the preeminent movers in her genre. She also had a depth of understanding of other musical styles besides her own. We first worked together as PRS Foundation Advisors […]


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