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Black History Month at The Ivors Academy

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." Carter G Woodson, ‘The Father of Black History’.

Orphy Robinson, Jin Jin and Daniel Kidane 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 contribution that music creators of African and Caribbean heritage have made to British musical life and music creativity throughout the world.

The importance, significance, and influence of black music creators to popular music and beyond has been one of the undeniable rocks that the global music industry has been built upon. The diaspora has shared unconditionally, its traditions, cultures, inspirational composers, and performers with the world. It is impossible to ignore the stories, stimulus, and innovative impacts on the development of music of all genres. This rich history needs to be embraced, explored, documented, and celebrated, as it will continue to enrich all our lives both today and in the future.

The Ivors Academy stands in solidarity with the community of black music creators in UK to champion diversity in the UK music industry, and fight for a fair and inclusive approach for all.


Find out more about the Academy’s commitments to championing equality, diversity and inclusion and our 2020-2022 Action Plan.


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