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Photos of Kevin Brennan MP, Carla Marie Williams, Crispin Hunt and Rupert Hine who will receive an Ivors Academy Honour in 2023

The Gold Badge Awards were founded in 1974 and last presented in 2019. The roll call of illustrious past recipients includes Joan Armatrading, Janice Long, Peter Gabriel, Beverly Knight, Bob Geldof, Trevor Nelson, Paulette Long and Michael Eavis.   Joan Armatrading, acclaimed songwriter and Fellow of The Ivors Academy, will present recipients with Ivors Academy Honours […]

The vors Academy explores AI. Is AI the future of music or threat to human creativity? With image of Kevin Sargent, composer.

In a world where artificial intelligence has seamlessly integrated itself into every facet of our lives, from crafting tailored recommendations to automating intricate tasks, there emerges a resounding question: will human creativity find itself eclipsed by the inexorable rise of AI-generated art, particularly in the realm of music? While the harmonious symphony between humans and […]

Ivor Novello statuettes at The Ivors Composer Awards 2022

Professional tier members can now enter up to two works for The Ivors Classical Awards with no fee, and a third work with a 50% discount at £12. Standard members can enter one work for free and two further works with a 25% discount at £18 per work. If a composer is not a member, […]

The Other Songs Live, May 2023. Dave Stewart performing.

The Other Songs Live event brought the biggest ever live performance-based celebration of songwriters to the London Palladium, featuring incredible performances from the world’s top songwriters and raising £65,000 for two music charities. Presented in partnership with The Ivors Academy and hosted by Al Webber of Other Songs, proceeds from the sold-out event will go […]

Get Paid Guide. Your music, your data, your money

A new website for songwriters, composers and artists has launched to help to demystify music metadata. The Get Paid Guide equips music creators with quick and easy step-by-step guidance on what music data is, why it matters, and what to do with it. It empowers songwriters and composers to take control of their music data […]

Christopher Gunning

Christopher was a founding member of the Association of Professional Composers, one of the three organisations that combined to form BASCA, now known as The Ivors Academy. Meetings of the fledgling APC were held at his house, and Christopher became a stalwart champion of composers’ rights and copyright, in part galvanised by his then wife […]

The Ivors 2023 livestream featuring Sting, Raye, Matilda Mann and Henry Moodie

Amazon Music announced further details on the ways they will be amplifying and scaling The Ivors 2023 as a part of their multi-year global deal, including the first ever livestream from the event. Audiences can tune into the livestream on the Amazon Music UK channel on Twitch from 11:30am BST on 18th May. The ceremony, […]

The Ivors Songs Lives at the London Palladium.

The Ivors Academy and The Other Songs, the independent music and entertainment company founded by Alastair and Billy Webber, are partnering to present a special event at The London Palladium on Tuesday 16th May, 2023. Taking place during Ivors Week and two days before the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, The Other Songs and The Ivors […]

BBC Singers at Maida Vale

The BBC’s new strategy for classical music makes for deeply alarming reading for composers and music creators across the UK and beyond. BBC Singers occupy a unique place in our nation’s musical life, performing new works by dozens of living composers each year. Their closure would be an enormous and irreplaceable loss to the contemporary […]

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 […]

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