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Robert Smith and Simon Gallup from The Cure at The Ivors 2022

“Thank you for playing your part in this diverse and inspirational community. We can be proud of our work to put songwriters and composers centre stage by celebrating your achievements, campaigning for your rights, widening access to a career in the creative industries and helping to create new connections.” Graham Davies, Chief Executive CELEBRATING We […]

Academy icon on a multicoloured background

The Ivors Academy has published its second pay gap report as part of our commitment to championing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are a growing organisation with a small team of 18, well below the Government threshold of 250 employees that requires companies to publish information about gender pay gaps. No organisations in the UK […]

The Ivors Academy has announced that The Ivors will take place on 18th May 2023 at Grosvenor House, London as entries open. The awards are the most respected and prestigious prizes for songwriters and composers. Each winner will receive an Ivor Novello Award and join a roll call of greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Cathy […]

Rab Noakes at a gig to honour Gerry Rafferty in 2014

A world-class musician, Rab had an unsurpassed knowledge of music; his song introductions at live performances always informed, often amazed, and frequently amused. He not only possessed genuine wisdom, but selflessly dispensed it freely in a way that encouraged others, particularly young performers.  He was a joy to play with, and a natural leader, with […]

Charlotte Harding, Ivor Novello Award winning composer

The survey reveals that of 319 composers who have won or been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award, 96% learned one or more instruments as a child and 94% had opportunities to perform music when young. Of those that did perform, over 50 composers had opportunities at school or in their local area. 64% of […]

2021 Songwriters' Review report - showcasing the year's most popular songs and the songwriters behind them

Despite Rodrigo’s success only 15 of the top 100 songwriters in the world are women Pop was the top genre, replacing Rap from the year before An average of 4.4 songwriters were involved in creating a top 100 song in 2021, down from the previous year’s 5 While American and British songwriters dominate the chart, […]

TheWRD from The Ivors Academy and Generator in partnership

Developed and delivered by industry experts using cutting edge tech, TheWRD from The Ivors Academy brings together music industry leaders, expert educators and deep learning AI to offer career-defining arts education to everyone, everywhere. From entrepreneurial modules to sessions on releasing music, marketing, live events, and touring, the qualification is designed to equip artists, musicians and creative […]

Logo for Ivors Composer Week supporting The Ivors Academy Trust

The first Ivors Composer Week has been launched to mark the 20th anniversary of The Ivors Composer Awards, which celebrate the best new works by composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art. Ivors Composer Week will take place from the 14th to 20th November, with the winners of this year’s Ivors Composer Awards announced […]

The Art of Longevity podcast cover montage

Was it Stephen Sondheim who said that writing a hit musical provided absolutely no insight whatsoever as to how to write another one? Perhaps the same principle applies to hit songs. Songcraft remains at the heart of success for music artists in every way – critical, commercial, self-actual – the song is the ultimate unit […]

Advocacy Accelerator

Launched by Tom Gray, Chair of The Ivors Academy, at the organisation’s 78th Annual General Meeting held virtually and attended by its songwriter and composer members, he said, “The Ivors Academy doesn’t just talk about creating an inclusive and equitable music industry. Through the Advocacy Accelerator, our new diploma – TheWRD – which begins later […]

Andy Skinner and Paul Epworth

TheWRD is a new Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship with backing from some of the biggest names in music including Oscar-winning producer Paul Epworth, Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriters Jamie Hartman and Celeste, Fellow of The Ivors Academy Peter Gabriel and 2022 Rising Star Ivor Novello Award winner Naomi Kimpenu. There are 100 […]

Woman in recording studio

To tackle significant problems experienced by people working in the music industry, we are calling on the industry to: Implement robust policies and procedures for combatting misogyny, sexual harassment and discrimination.  Provide equality, diversity, and inclusion training (with specific training on sexual harassment) for all workers.  Invest in active bystander training.  Provide multiple, clear, and accessible […]

The 2022 Ivor Novello Awards marked the second in-person ceremony since the start of the pandemic, with its comeback event taking place back in September 2021. This time out, the atmosphere in the room was palpably busier and more relaxed, with a raft of legendary and up-and-coming songwriting talent present in the room, including the […]

The Ivors Academy has announced the winners of this year’s Ivor Novello Awards at Grosvenor House, London, on Thursday 19th May. Recognised as a pinnacle of creative musical achievement since they were first presented in 1956, winning an Ivor Novello Award holds a special place in music, as they are judged by award-winning songwriters and […]

A new wave of music education

The Ivors Academy is launching a new two-year diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship for students aged 19 years and over. Backed by the biggest players in the music industry, TheWRD is a further education course offering young people the chance of building a career in this highly competitive industry, with the first intake starting in September […]

TagMix and Ivors Week logos

TagMix is a proprietary software solution that has been created to give music fans the best possible video experience at live music events. Hi Andy! I know you’ve attended the Ivors previously. Can you share any memorable moments?  As a songwriter and producer the Ivors were always the most prestigious awards ceremony as they truly celebrate […]

Elton Jackson

Elton Jackson, Director of Artist and Employee Wellbeing at Sony Music, will join a panel exploring music in mental health this Ivors Week. The David Ferguson lecture will be livestreamed from Miloco Studios at 2pm on Tuesday 17th May. It takes place during Ivors Week, which supports The Ivors Academy Trust in their mission to […]

Eve Simpson, Farris Theo, Iona Fyfe, Jorj Sabio, Kyle Osborne and Michaela Beasley - participants on In The Room, a leadership development programme for 18 – 24 year-old music creators.

Eve Simpson, Farris Theo, Iona Fyfe, Jorj Sabio, Kyle Osborne and Michaela Beasley have begun In The Room, a leadership development programme for 18 – 24 year-old music creators.   From The Ivors Academy, funded by Youth Music and supported by Help Musicians, In The Room, will support these creators to develop their leadership skills, raise […]

Wired, Kinetic Light

In 1874, Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois received a patent for “The Winner,” with its twisting entwinement of three metal strands it became the most widely produced model of barbed wire in the United States. Beyond its racial implications, barbed wire has also historically administered the involuntary segregation of disabled people from the rest […]

Ray BLK and Jack Garratt

Ivors Week returns for the second year to celebrate songwriting and songwriters. Taking place between 16th and 20th May, with The Ivors with Apple Music as its high point on the 19th, the week supports The Ivors Academy Trust to create new opportunities for emerging music makers. The week launches on Monday with Behind the […]

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