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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 Directory comes in response to the impact of coronavirus, which has seen thousands of musicians losing work as tours, gigs, concerts and studio sessions have been cancelled or postponed. As the leading campaigning organisation for the UK’s composer and songwriter community, The Ivors Academy is now promoting a Remote Recording Directory to bridge this […]

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 […]

Bill had been a member of the Academy since 1964. Here his friend and fellow award winning songwriter Mitch Murray CBE pays tribute. Bill Martin MBE 1938-2020 It’s 1964, and I am drinking in a bar across the road from Denmark Street, basking in the glory of my second Number One in a row; ‘I […]

In the past year, The Ivors Academy’s Songwriter Committee have been exploring ways of redressing the inequitable way streaming royalties are distributed today. One of the short-term remedies we’ve proposed is for songwriters to receive a per diem when they work with artists, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that our German […]

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 […]

At this difficult and uncertain time I wanted to write a message of support to all our members, friends and partners to say that The Ivors Academy is here for you, and with you. The coronavirus presents us all with an exceptional and extreme circumstance. Yes, it is serious. Yes, we will get through it. […]

We are delighted to announce that The Ivors Academy has teamed with Apple Music to bring greater awareness, within and outside the UK, of our organisation, its activities and its incredibly talented members. For the next three years, The Ivors Academy together with Apple Music, will bring wider exposure and development opportunities for our members […]

We are delighted to announce the recipients collecting a Gold Badge, which takes place at The Savoy in London on 11 October. The 2019 ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Edith Bowman. The event, now in its 46th year, is presented by the songwriting and composing community and celebrates exceptional talent in the UK music […]

Following a recent survey hosted by the MU to assess the impact of Pledge’s collapse, we have been working alongside a number of music organisations and charities to pool resources and offer some helpful advice to anyone who has been impacted by the closure of the crowdfunding organisation. If you participated in the survey you […]

PRS for Music is undertaking a public consultation on the terms of Tariff LC (Live Classical) which is used to license the use of copyright music controlled by PRS for Music, at classical music concerts and recitals. This public consultation provides an opportunity for all licensees under Tariff LC, Academy and PRS members and other […]

Speaking about Wednesday’s new appointment, Academy CEO Graham Davies has said: “On behalf of The Ivors Academy I would like to congratulate Rt Hon Nicky Morgan on her new appointment of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this week. We welcome Nicky’s extensive background in Education and Equalities, and look forward to […]

Daniel Kidane

From world-wide premiers to an opening of the iconic Last Night of the Proms, here’s our guide to the works being performed by our composing community. John Adams 8th September, Prom 66: John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth In the Name of the Earth (50 mins) – European premier Malcolm Arnold 5th […]

The Ivors Academy has joined over 200 music organisations who are committing to taking positive action towards gender parity in music. Keychange is a pioneering international initiative, led by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry to […]

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 has been released and we are delighted to see a host of creators being recognised for their outstanding achievements and services to Music. Amongst those are Academy members Jonathan Dove and Mitch Murray who have been presented with a CBE. Composer Jonathan Dove has been nominated a staggering eleven […]

A group of music trade organisations and charities have today united in a bid to support UK artists and businesses impacted by the collapse of PledgeMusic – launching an impact assessment survey to understand all those financially affected. Closing at 12pm on Tuesday 25th June, the survey, hosted by the Musicians’ Union (MU), can be […]

The Ivors Academy is deeply concerned about how the collapse of Pledge Music might have affected creators who are owed money through the platform. Together with our Industry partners UK Music and the Council of Music Makers we are working to properly investigate the matter and to ensure that suitable action is taken. We want […]

Voting has opened for the 2019 PRS Board Director elections, and we are calling on members of The Ivors Academy to cast their votes and help shape the future of the organisation. The deadline for voting is 17:00 on Tuesday 7th May. It is important that members representing the Academy’s community have strong representation on the […]

Shirley Thomspon New Years Honours

Amongst those are BASCA members Nick Mason, founding member and drummer of Pink Floyd, who was presented with a Gold Badge Award in 2012, as well as composer, producer and recipient of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award 2017 Nitin Sawhney. Both music creators have been awarded a CBE for services to music. On receiving his honour, […]

Pictured left to right: Top row – Keith Ames (MU), Graham Davies (BASCA), Crispin Hunt (Music maker/BASCA), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Cameron Craig (Producer/Engineer/Mixer/MPG), Frank Carter (Artist), Matt Greer (ATC Management) and Dean Richardson (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes). Middle row – Andrew Hunt (Record Producer/MPG), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Jess Iszatt (BBC), Kevin Brennan MP, Dave […]

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