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In this personal tribute, Mitch Murray CBE reflects on the multi Ivor Novello Award winners extraordinary career. Geoff Stephens, like many of us who started out in the early sixties, was a songwriter – not a ‘singer-songwriter’, but a professional and gifted specialist who crafted both words and music for the pop market, aimed at […]

The winners of these prestigious Ivor Novello Awards were revealed earlier tonight as part of a two-hour ceremony broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 3, hosted by Kate Molleson and Tom Service. Ivor Novello Awards were presented to eleven composers for categories covering classical, jazz and sound art compositions, in addition to three ‘Gift of The […]

UK Disability History Month is an annual platform which creates a focus on the history and current lived experiences of disabled people. It is a celebration of achievement and positive influence as well as an acknowledgment of the many struggles for recognition, equality, and genuine inclusion within our communities and society. 2020 is the 11th […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. This follows five months of campaigning by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union, and may be the biggest opportunity we will collectively get to make the case for a fairer deal for songwriters, composers, and performers. Have your […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. What does ‘giving evidence to the Select Committee inquiry’ mean? A Select Committee is a cross-party group of MPs who can run inquiries to research a specific topic and make recommendations to Government. As part of their research, […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. The idea of giving evidence to a Select Committee can be daunting – especially when it’s about something as important and complex as streaming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here we run through what we believe will […]

The Chancellor has outlined a package of measures, which includes a new Jobs Support Scheme to protect returning workers, extending Self Employment Income Support Scheme in a reduced form and 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans. Sadly, these measures are largely unfit to support […]

We hope that the changes will bring about increased efficiency, balance and better decision making, issues which have dogged the collecting society for a number of years. Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said: “Congratulations to Nigel Elderton, Simon Darlow and Andrea C. Martin who have led the governance review over the last 18 […]

The Academy’s Youth Network, which was established last autumn, is a growing and connected community of young creators and a hub of partnerships with Universities, Colleges and other non-academic organisations. The Network aims to empower and educate young songwriters and composers of all genres, and provide a platform at the Academy to voice views on […]

In February this year The Ivors Academy held a public call for works as part of a planned ‘New Music Forum 2020’ event at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Due to current event restrictions the Forum has been transformed into an online celebration of new works by British jazz composers. […]

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors with Apple Music to celebrate exceptional craft in songwriting and screen composition. The nominations recognise works written by British and Irish songwriters and composers that were released in the UK in 2019. […]

The Music Creators Mentoring Programme facilitates access to the wider music-making community, matching skills and knowledge. It provides creators with a space to learn, develop and maximise their potential. Successful mentoring partnerships change lives by drawing out and developing talent, by providing career development advice and the impetus for lifelong professional relationships. They benefit mentors […]

The Ivors – now in their 65th year – celebrate excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing across categories for songs, albums, film, TV and video game scores. Apple Music is supporting The Ivors Academy’s mission to cultivate the next generation of Ivor Novello Award winners. The Rising Star Award with Apple Music is the […]

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 […]

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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