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Lianne La Havas at The Ivors 2021

The Ivors Academy has announced that The Ivors with Apple Music will take place on Thursday 19th May 2022 at Grosvenor House, London. Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards for exceptional songwriting and composing. Each Ivor is unique and represents peer recognition […]

Senators at The Ivors Academy

All targets in the Academy’s Equalities plan were achieved, with 50% of the Senators identifying as female (up 13% from the last election in 2018), 40% Black, Asian and minority ethnic (up 32% from 2018) and 13% declared a disability. For the first time the Academy collected details about geographic location, LGBTQI+, schooling and religious […]

30 works have been nominated across six categories including composers such as Tansy Davies, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Howard Goodall and James MacMillan. 40% of the composers in the running for an Ivor Novello Award this year are first-time nominees, including Nwando Ebizie, Nikki Iles, Dave Manington, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Alex Paxton, who has three works nominated. […]

This article was jointly produced between MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl and Ivors Academy CEO Graham Davies. At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, when musicians and songwriters lost so much work and over 20,000 faced immediate financial hardship, it became clear that streaming royalties were insufficient and not playing their part in shoring […]

David Ferguson

I’m Alfons Karabuda, composer and president of ECSA, the European Composer and Songwriter alliance. Something I would not have been without David Ferguson. In fact, I doubt if our European alliance of songwriters, composers and lyricists would have existed today without him. David was one of Britain’s most successful television composers and Chair of BASCA, […]

The Ivors Academy is proud to present Ivors Week, the UK’s week-long celebration of songwriting and composing. Ivors Week will be held between Monday 20th September and Friday 24th September 2021. Ivors Week supports The Ivors Academy Trust, which empowers and inspires music creators to start and build their careers, develop their craft and reach their full potential. It will […]

The Ivors Academy Pay Gap Report 2021

The report is based on the pay of 14 members of staff, which is considerably under the Government threshold of 250 employees that requires companies to publish information about gender pay gaps, and no organisations in the UK are currently obliged to publish ethnicity pay gaps. Reporting on the pay of a small number of […]

Graham Davies, Chief Executive of The Ivors Academy

The Academy conservatively estimates that £500m of streaming royalties due for payment to songwriters and rightsholders a year globally are affected by poor data. Practices vary, but commonly the unmatched streaming royalties are pooled and then paid on a market share basis, to songs that have already received payment through streaming. Graham Davies, Chief Executive […]

Recognised as a pinnacle of creative musical achievement since they were first presented in 1956, Ivor Novello Awards are particularly important to the music community as they represent peer recognition. This year’s list of 33 nominations celebrates 70 individual music creators, including Harry Styles, Lianne La Havas, Lewis Capaldi, Dave, AJ Tracey and Laura Marling – […]

The award discovers, supports, and accelerates the careers of the most promising music creators, and is part of Apple Music’s continued support of the songwriter and composer community. The winner receives a dedicated Ivor Novello Award and joins a roll call of songwriting greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and […]

At today’s AGM members voted in favour of governance reforms at the Academy to create a new 40-strong Senate. There will be elections to the members’ Senate later in the autumn, from which up to 11 members will be appointed to the Board. At the meeting members heard how the Academy, as a community of […]

Steve Mac

The Songwriter of the Year award recognises a songwriter or songwriting team for their outstanding body of successful songs commercially released in the previous year. The winner will be announced on 21st September, with an awards ceremony planned to take place at the Grosvenor House, London. It is the first time in over 20 years […]

The Ivors Academy has opened entries for The Ivors Composer Awards 2021, 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 uniquely represents […]

Autumn Rowe

Over 2,000 songwriters and artists have signed an open letter to all record labels, calling for writers to be paid a minimum daily allowance of £75 / $120 to each songwriter working with an artist to cover expenses and give writers at least four points on the master from the label share. The letter is […]

In a letter to the Prime Minister an incredible list of music makers including Annie Lennox OBE, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Rebecca Ferguson, Bob Geldof, Boy George, Noel Gallagher and Kate Bush CBE, have written “on behalf of today’s generation of artists, musicians and songwriters here in the UK”. In an unprecedented show […]

Music for Dementia logo

Music for Dementia is a national campaign to bring music into the ears and lives of people living with dementia. The evidence confirms that music is transformative for people living with dementia, but not everyone has access to it, on a regular basis, in the ways they want to experience it, and this has to […]

Hannah Peel and David Arnold

The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union have launched a new campaign, Composers Against Buyouts, to oppose unethical business practices that damage media composers’ rights, earnings and careers. Composers for TV, film and advertising are increasingly being asked to sell their work for an upfront fee, a buyout, which means they lose out on royalties over […]

Commissioning for Screen Manifesto principles

AS COMPOSERS WE ASSERT THAT Copyright rests with the author. This is enshrined in copyright law and is the moral starting point of every negotiation. Music creates unique emotional connections and financial value in an audiovisual production. Composers should receive a fair share of the value they create. Only composers should decide how much of […]

At the latest Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing into the economics of music streaming today, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage supported a referral of music streaming to the Competition and Markets Authority, one of the key asks of the #FixStreaming campaign. A position welcomed by both The […]

Pay Songwriters banner

Supporters include MNEK, Amy Wadge, Ross Golan, Fred Gibson, Mikkel Eriksen of Stargate, Paloma Faith, Savan Kotecha, Jess Glynne, Natalie Hemby, Jimmy Hogarth, Liam Howe, Giorgio Moroder, Digital Farm Animals, Dan Bastille, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jin Jin, Plested, Ina Wroldsen, Tre Jean-Marie, Rick Nowels, Tiffany Red, Iain James, Dyo and Jessica Agombar. 300 writers, along […]

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