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Orphy Robinson, Jin Jin and Daniel Kidane

Directors Orphy Robinson MBE, Jin Jin, Daniel Kidane write on behalf of The Ivors Academy Board Black History Month is a time to recognise, value and honour the achievements of black people throughout every aspect of society and life. The Ivors Academy takes this annual moment of celebration to reflect on the outstanding and far-reaching […]

Kate Bush, Fellow of The Ivors Academy

British songwriter Kate Bush has been made a Fellow of The Ivors Academy, in recognition of her peerless and enduring achievements in music. The announcement was made today, 23 September, and is the highest honour that The Ivors Academy bestows. The Academy exists to represent and champion music creators in the UK and Ireland. Fellowship […]

Daniel Kidane, Jin Jin and Tom Gray

The Board provides strategic leadership of The Ivors Academy, which is proudly led by music creators. The Academy campaigns for creators’ rights, celebrates outstanding music creation through Ivor Novello Awards and supports songwriters and composers throughout their careers by welcoming music creators into membership of the Academy. An award winning songwriter signed to Universal Music […]

The pandemic continues to impact on many parts of the music industry, in particular creatives. An Encore Musicians survey showed that 64% of musicians are considering changing careers. If the talent pipeline dries up it will be disastrous for the music industry and will have long-term negative consequences for employment, the economy and the UK’s […]

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, an Ivor Novello Award celebrates exceptional craft in music creation and is particularly important to the music industry as it represents peer recognition. This is the 65th year Ivor Novello Awards have been presented at The Ivors, the ceremony dedicated to honouring […]

At the AGM it was announced that Paul Hartnoll and Stephen McNeff have stepped down from the Board ahead of elections in April 2021, to create space to increase diversity and representation. The Academy’s draft twelve-point Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan aims that as a minimum its Board and Committees will have a 50% […]

The announcement follows months of campaigning. Thousands of music creators have called out the #BrokenRecord industry, and trade bodies The Ivors Academy and the MU have been campaigning to #FixStreaming and Keep Music Alive, arguing that the disappearance of the live sector has highlighted just how broken the streaming market is. In May the organisations […]

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said: “Equality, diversity, and inclusion matter to The Ivors Academy. As the professional home for all music creators we take our responsibility to champion a more diverse and inclusive music industry seriously. We strive to reflect the diversity of the UK creative music community in our organisation and […]

The Ivors Academy and IMPF logos

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for the music sector and creative industries, exposing the need to accelerate reform to ensure that music creators and publishers can continue to thrive during this period of disruption. The changes we are undergoing across societies, in consumer behaviour and technology, and with an uncertain economic outlook […]

The MP3 revolutionised music distribution across the globe. The new file format allowed music to be compressed and shared like never before. In a tale of unintended consequences, the MP3 ushered in mass piracy and the emergence of peer-to-peer music file sharing companies such as Napster, as well as the huge success of MP3 players, […]

In his announcement, Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden said venue capacity will be reduced and organisations encouraged to move to electronic ticketing to help test and trace. A number of indoor performances will also be piloted, to work out how audiences can be confidently ushered indoors as soon as possible. In the meantime, […]

The partnership makes Epidemic Sound’s library of tracks available to use through the Adobe stock service. Epidemic Sound’s library is created by composers for screen and video, who receive an upfront fee while having to relinquish all rights to future royalties. They are hired under so-called ‘full buyout deals’. Such deals are becoming increasingly common. […]

Ennio Morricone in 2013

It is with enormous sadness and the profoundest admiration that The Ivors Academy mourns the passing of Maestro Ennio Morricone at the age of 91, a truly titanic composer for cinema and the concert hall whose prolific output has inspired and influenced several generations of musicians and film makers, captivating audiences around the world with […]

The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union formed an alliance in early May to ‘Keep Music Alive’ and Fix Streaming.  Just over a month into the campaign, a petition established by the two organisations calling for a government review into streaming revenues and the distribution of royalties has gained over 13,000 signatures. Meanwhile, an artist-led movement […]

The Ivors Academy, Musicians’ Union, Association of British Orchestras, BPI, Music Publishers Association and PRS for Music have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, calling on the Government to provide essential support to the UK’s classical music sector. The letter sets out the economic and […]

Graham Davies

The Ivors Academy has joined calls for proper support for the thousands of self-employed and freelance musicians left behind by the UK Government, and looks forward to hearing the targeted measures being disclosed by the Chancellor in the coming days. But Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy, says the music industry must also do […]

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