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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 […]

They will have a year-long unique experience working alongside Ivor Novello Award winning producer, songwriter and drummer Cassell The Beatmaker. Inside Track is delivered by Cassell’s community interest company In The Making, in partnership with PPL, The Ivors Academy and The Ivors Academy Trust. In the Making advances the progression of aspiring musicians and recording […]

Recognised as a pinnacle of creative musical achievement since they were first presented in 1956, Ivor Novello Awards have a special place in the music community as they are judged and awarded by songwriters and composers to their peers. This year, 70% of the twenty-six songwriters and composers recognised with an Ivor are picking up […]

To celebrate the launch of Co-Pilot, a new mentoring programme brought to you by The Ivors Academy and Help Musicians, we’d like to introduce you to some of last year’s mentees. Mentee applications for this year’s programme are now open for songwriter and composer members of The Ivors Academy, apply by 15th October at 5pm. […]

In a move to welcome and support more songwriters and composers at all stages of their careers, standard members no longer need to be a member of a Performing Rights Organisation, such as PRS for Music, to be eligible to join The Ivors Academy. We strongly recommend that all music creators register with a PRO, […]

Classical music is embedded into the rich history of the Ivors Academy, so it brings us great pleasure to feature young torch bearers of classical music. This month’s spotlight, we are introduced to emerging composer Xia Leon Sloane. In July, a premiere of Xia’s work, ‘in peals of æther ‘ was performed at the Cheltenham […]

Inside Track provides an opportunity for four participants, over the course of 12 months, to work with Cassell the Beatmaker, the In The Making team, PPL and The Ivors Academy to: Write and produce two tracks with Cassell the Beatmaker Participate in training workshops and mentoring Receive a promotional opportunity to elevate profile and showcase […]

The Ivors Academy exists to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK, and nothing makes us more excited than witnessing the successes of our members! That’s why here on the members spotlight, we want to showcase the talent of our members. No one fits the bill better for our first edition than emerging […]

The month of June marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots which took place in New York City in 1969. This is a global celebration and focus on the gay experience throughout society and the fight for gay rights. Our LGBTQI+ Working Group Chair, Will Davenport, pauses to reflect on some of the UK based […]

Ivor Novello Award winner Renell Shaw writes on behalf of the Ivors Academy. “You cannot know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Windrush Day honours the legacy of a determined, talented, and inventive community of people, whose profound influence on our music industry and society in the UK can be […]

The anniversary of the murder of George Floyd is a time that we must reflect and recognise the part we all play in allowing racism, injustice, inequality, hate, and intolerance to take hold in our lives, society and industries. When I think about it, and I mean really think about it, it is terrifying to […]

Marcel was my boss at Decca Records during the 1970s, and without doubt the best boss I ever had. He was the international manager overseeing all Decca’s overseas releases, but also had his own little empire within our small offices, as a part-time songwriter who provided lyrics or translations for innumerable artists, of which the […]

Barry Mason was one of the finest and most popular songwriters in the UK. Principally a lyricist, Barry co- wrote with many of our best known composers, but it was his long partnership with Les Reed which produced some of his best known works including Delilah for Tom Jones, I Pretend for Des O’Connor, The […]

With the passing of Simon Bainbridge, the UK has lost one of its most distinguished and influential composers and educators. Born in 1952, Simon studied with John Lambert at the Royal College of Music (1969-72) and Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, receiving two major commissions whilst still at college: Spirogyra for small ensemble from the Aldeburgh […]

Jane Manning was a soprano who put her artistry at the service of the living composer: she was a key figure in new music in Britain for nearly sixty years. Her wonderful voice and superb musicianship – perfect pitch and accurate rhythm – made her the most sought-after singer for all of us in contemporary […]

Hannah V is a pioneering new generation of entrepreneurial female producer/songwriter, who has worked with some of the most in-demand major label artists including Stomzy, JP Cooper and TOBi. Alongside her undeniable skills as a songwriter and producer, Hannah V has also balanced a stunning performance career with tours and stadium gigs with artists including […]

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and rally for women’s equality. The Ivors Academy is proud […]

PRS for Music has launched a new licensing portal for anyone wanting to stage and livestream small-scale gigs, DJ events, classical concerts and theatrical events online. The portal was launched in response to the huge rise in livestreamed concerts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, however PRS will not be seeking to retrospectively license […]

Gerry Marsden MBE was a member of The Ivors Academy for many years, who in 1991 was presented with a Gold Badge Award to recognise his extraordinary contribution to British songwriting. In a personal tribute, Gerry and the Pacemakers writer and friend Mitch Murray CBE shares memories of working with the songwriter: I’ll always have […]

Despite the challenges we face I would like to wish you a happy new year. I know that this is not the start to 2021 that we all hoped for, and we are facing greater restrictions and challenges than we expected, but the new year also brings hope. We are committed to supporting you and […]

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