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A group of music trade organisations and charities have today united in a bid to support UK artists and businesses impacted by the collapse of PledgeMusic – launching an impact assessment survey to understand all those financially affected. Closing at 12pm on Tuesday 25th June, the survey, hosted by the Musicians’ Union (MU), can be […]

The Ivors, now in their 64th year, celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing across categories for songs, album, film, TV and video game scores released in the UK in 2018. The ceremony also saw the presentation of Ivor Novello Awards which recognise music creators for their wider contribution to […]

The Ivors Academy is deeply concerned about how the collapse of Pledge Music might have affected creators who are owed money through the platform. Together with our Industry partners UK Music and the Council of Music Makers we are working to properly investigate the matter and to ensure that suitable action is taken. We want […]

We are pleased to invite Academy and Standard members to submit works to be considered for The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)’s twelfth European ECCO Concert. The concert, which will be performed by the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, is taking place during the ECSA General Assembly in Stockholm on 8th October 2019. ECCO is an initiative of […]

Les was a long-standing member of the Academy who had been awarded with five Ivor Novello awards in the 60s and a Gold Badge in 1980, in honour of his extraordinary lifetime achievement and contribution to songwriting. Artists including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Bing Crosby and Lulu have all recorded songs written by Les Reed. […]

The investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on 4th April, where the award was given by Prince Charles. Shirley is an active member of The Ivors Academy, currently sitting on the Academy’s Classical committee, and is involved with a number of the Academy’s initiatives and working groups, including an ongoing diversity and inclusion campaigning […]

Voting has opened for the 2019 PRS Board Director elections, and we are calling on members of The Ivors Academy to cast their votes and help shape the future of the organisation. The deadline for voting is 17:00 on Tuesday 7th May. It is important that members representing the Academy’s community have strong representation on the […]

Gold Badge Nominations Open

 NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENSION – FRIDAY 24TH MAY  The Ivors Academy Gold Badge, which celebrates outstanding individuals who have supported songwriters and composers in the UK, will take place on Friday 11th October from 11:30. Presented since 1974, The Ivors Academy Gold Badge honours exceptional people from right across the music industry. Each year we invite […]

The beginning of the week saw the start of a new month, but sadly the last of the Songwriter’s Circle event at ICMP for this term. This latest session introduced four ICMP students – Ronni Mardor, Irene Skylakai, Stina Mai, Sophie Holden, and was hosted by ICMP Songwriting tutor Shane Beales. Each songwriter showed natural […]

Ivors Academy members and the creator community came together last night to celebrate the launch of the Academy’s bold new brand and identity. The sold-out social and networking evening, which was held at our offices in Borough, London, marked the start of our exciting journey which looks to enhance our visibility and amplify our voice […]

We put creators at the forefront of the campaign to get this legislation approved. Creators need their rights and livelihoods protected and while not perfect, the Copyright Directive shares responsibilities and allows innovation to flourish. Creators are fundamental to the future digital economy and this legislation helps safeguard the livelihoods of future generations of composers […]

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy

With The Ivors Academy we have an opportunity to connect more people with what we stand for, what we do and why members should join. Many outside of our organisation aren’t unaware that BASCA is responsible for The Ivors, the British Composer Awards, the Gold Badge or what we do outside of our awards. The […]

Currently there are three versions of the directive, the original one drafted by the European Commission in 2016 and the significantly amended versions passed by the European Parliament and the EU Council last year. Talks between these three groups, known as the Trialogue, have been put in place to agree on one amended version of the text, ahead of a final […]

The new tools are meant to fight back with facts. The website, www.article13.org and the newsletter, INSIGHT13, take a no-nonsense approach to the issue and go back to basics: What does the Directive actually say and how does the process work? Google has used its financial power and its YouTube platform to organise one of […]

Shirley Thomspon New Years Honours

Amongst those are BASCA members Nick Mason, founding member and drummer of Pink Floyd, who was presented with a Gold Badge Award in 2012, as well as composer, producer and recipient of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award 2017 Nitin Sawhney. Both music creators have been awarded a CBE for services to music. On receiving his honour, […]

The Ivors logo with Euterpe statuette

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing and are judged by the music writing community. The 64th Ivor Novello Awards will recognise works released in the UK in 2018. They will also honour songwriters and composers with gift of BASCA awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to UK music. The Ivors 2019 […]

Membership - The Ivors Academy

The Academy has cited its disappointment following the decision of The European Commission to approve Sony’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, thus creating a ‘major super power’. This follows our independent activity, including campaigning to the Commission and statement of September 28th 2018, outlining its opposition of the potential deal. Sony is currently the world’s biggest music […]

Pictured left to right: Top row – Keith Ames (MU), Graham Davies (BASCA), Crispin Hunt (Music maker/BASCA), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Cameron Craig (Producer/Engineer/Mixer/MPG), Frank Carter (Artist), Matt Greer (ATC Management) and Dean Richardson (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes). Middle row – Andrew Hunt (Record Producer/MPG), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Jess Iszatt (BBC), Kevin Brennan MP, Dave […]

2018 Gold Badge Recipients

Originally published by BASCA, September 18th 2018 BASCA is delighted to announce 11 exceptional individuals who will collect a Gold Badge Award this October in recognition of their unique contribution to the creator community. Presented by the songwriting and composing community, the Awards celebrate exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or […]

The European Parliament has voted to support the Copyright Directive, with a landslide victory of 438 votes in favour, 226 against and 39 abstentions. The Academy has been instrumental in making this happen. We have campaigned to bring about a fair copyright environment that stops big tech hiding behind ‘safe harbours’ to avoid taking out […]

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