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Author: Mark Taylor

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 […]

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave, Coldplay and Raye are all in the running for Songwriter of the Year Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover leads with four nominations, closely followed by Ed Sheeran who is nominated for three awards This year’s nominees for the Rising Star Award announced, with last year’s nominee Holly Humberstone in contention for Best […]

Composers Against Buyouts

PRS’s letter of direction provides a way for rights holders to direct revenues from royalties to a third party only in exceptional circumstances. With offices in London and LA, Moonbug creates and publishes programmes and podcasts for children. In response to the concerns raised by members PRS for Music has stated: “PRS has always defended […]

Caroline Kraabel and Yazz Ahmed

The Ivors Academy has announced that The Ivors Composer Awards will take place on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at the British Museum, London. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the awards celebrate creative excellence by composers across classical, jazz and sound arts. 2021 winners included Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Thomas Adès, Alexander Goehr, Nicki Iles, Zoe Rahman, Caroline Kraabel […]

Tom Gray

The Academy is the UK’s professional association for songwriters and composers – celebrating their achievements, campaigning for their rights and supporting creatives throughout their careers. Tom, member of Mercury Prize winning band Gomez, follows Crispin Hunt who stepped down last week after five years at the helm. In a statement, Tom Gray described the appointment […]

Crispin Hunt at The Ivors with Apple Music 2021

Hunt has steered the Academy, the preeminent body representing the interests of songwriters and composers, through an ambitious period of modernisation, growth and reform. The Academy Board will elect and announce its new Chair shortly. Crispin will continue to be actively involved in the Academy as a Board Director. Crispin Hunt said “After five incredible […]

Cleveland Watkiss and Julian Joseph at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021

Creative recovery must be at the centre of pandemic recovery Looking back over the past twelve months it is clear how hard many music creators have been hit by the pandemic, and how The Ivors Academy and Trust continues to step up in these challenging times. Figures from UK Music illustrate what’s happened to music […]

Each winner receives an Ivor Novello Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for songwriters and composers. Presented since 1956, an Ivor is judged and presented by songwriters and composers to their peers. The winners will join a roll call of greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Cathy Dennis, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Joan […]

Sarah Angel

Musicians, artists and performers across the UK will continue the campaign to fix streaming despite Kevin Brennan MP’s Copyright (Rights And Remuneration Of Musicians) Private Member’s Bill not progressing. The reforms included in Kevin Brennan MP’s Copyright (Rights And Remuneration Of Musicians) Private Member’s Bill would have followed-up on the key recommendations made by the […]

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 […]

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