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Take the poll The poll will run until 5pm on Tuesday 10 November and is open to members of The Ivors Academy and the MU. We will use the results in our submission to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on the economics of streaming and in our campaigning. It will help by providing up-to-date information […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. This follows five months of campaigning by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union, and may be the biggest opportunity we will collectively get to make the case for a fairer deal for songwriters, composers, and performers. Have your […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. What does ‘giving evidence to the Select Committee inquiry’ mean? A Select Committee is a cross-party group of MPs who can run inquiries to research a specific topic and make recommendations to Government. As part of their research, […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. The idea of giving evidence to a Select Committee can be daunting – especially when it’s about something as important and complex as streaming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here we run through what we believe will […]

The Ivors Academy and The Musicians’ Union have welcomed today’s announcement of a Government inquiry into streaming in the music industry and, in particular, the economic impact music streaming is having on artists and the sustainability of the wider music industry. This announcement follows a joint campaign by the organisations to Fix Streaming and Keep […]

Songwriters BrokenRecord YougGov survey

A YouGov survey commissioned by #BrokenRecord Campaign in association with the Musicians’ Union and The Ivors Academy reveals that a large majority of consumers believe the share received by creators and performers from digital music streaming is unfair. It shows they would prefer their subscriptions to be distributed differently and, were it to be reformed, […]

The Chancellor has outlined a package of measures, which includes a new Jobs Support Scheme to protect returning workers, extending Self Employment Income Support Scheme in a reduced form and 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans. Sadly, these measures are largely unfit to support […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

The BBC itself makes clear it sees the need for modernisation to keep up with the digital era we live in. We argued it is vital that its evolution doesn’t cause a revolution, where everything that makes the BBC great will be lost. We showcased the BBC’s central role in commissioning, producing, broadcasting, and developing […]

A report by the Creative Industries Federation has shown how the UK is undergoing a “cultural catastrophe”: 400,000 creative jobs could be lost, and the UK creative industries are projected to lose £1.4 billion a week in revenue in 2020. Cultural sectors, and music in particular, have been hit hard by the pandemic. Music creators […]

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 […]

We have submitted written evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers. We made the case for how the music-creating business is at an all-time low, and proposed essential next steps for the recovery of our sector. Recent findings have shown that […]

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy

This week the Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union launched Keep Music Alive, a campaign to support music creators through Covid-19 and establish a more progressive industry model for the future. This includes a petition calling on the UK government to help the industry review the functioning of the streaming market. This is because Covid-19 has […]

Covid-19 has hit songwriters, musicians and composers hard. Gigs and commissions have been cancelled, festivals and performances postponed, and recording studios closed. Since early March, over 20,000 applications have been received to music industry Hardship Funds. This crisis has brought into sharp relief the fact that creators and performers are sustained primarily by income generated […]

The Ivors Academy recently surveyed its members about the impact of Covid-19 on music creators. The aim of this survey was to help us lobby Government to provide support for songwriters and composers that are being financially impacted. Our case to Government is significantly strengthened by input from members and we would like to thank […]

At the moment non-payment of the licence fee is not a criminal offence. Only failure to pay the fine can lead to a criminal record, although it rarely does. So we made the case against decriminalisation, focusing on three main points. 1. Based on the evidence provided by Government, we found that an alternative enforcement […]

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