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ABRSM’s composer mentoring programme, Writing for Music Education, is a six-month programme for emerging composers based in the UK looking to explore the world of composing for music education. The programme includes opportunities to join ABRSM behind the scenes, to develop skills in writing to a brief and to work alongside some of our partner organisations. […]

Ivors Classical Week

Ivors Classical Week returns this November to celebrate and support composers working across classical music and sound art. Members can book their tickets for: A drinks reception with composers, musicians, and the music industry Monday 13th November St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Free for members The Ivors Classical Awards, the evening includes drinks on arrival, an awards […]

Ivors Academy icon logo on a multicoloured background

The Ivors Academy held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 3rd October 2023. Chaired by Tom Gray, Chair of The Ivors Academy, members heard about the Academy’s continued growth and ambition, and its commitment to supporting, protecting and celebrating music creators. Tom also highlighted the Academy’s work to create a more inclusive and equitable […]

Under 25 membership has become Early Career membership to allow more students and recent graduates to access the benefits of being a member at a discounted rate.  Early Career membership is for aspiring songwriters and composers who are at the start of building their careers for only £50 a year, discounted from £92. And members […]

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, […]

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 […]

Led by Senator Mika Sellens (Chair) and Will Davenport (co-chair), the IA LGBTQI+ Council serves as an advisory board which informs and influences the agendas of our Committees and Board, and therefore the causes we campaign on and the events we deliver. For LGBTQI+ History Month, some of our council members tell us a bit […]

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 […]

Eve Simpson, Farris Theo, Iona Fyfe, Jorj Sabio, Kyle Osborne and Michaela Beasley - participants on In The Room, a leadership development programme for 18 – 24 year-old music creators.

Eve Simpson, Farris Theo, Iona Fyfe, Jorj Sabio, Kyle Osborne and Michaela Beasley have begun In The Room, a leadership development programme for 18 – 24 year-old music creators.   From The Ivors Academy, funded by Youth Music and supported by Help Musicians, In The Room, will support these creators to develop their leadership skills, raise […]

Wired, Kinetic Light

In 1874, Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois received a patent for “The Winner,” with its twisting entwinement of three metal strands it became the most widely produced model of barbed wire in the United States. Beyond its racial implications, barbed wire has also historically administered the involuntary segregation of disabled people from the rest […]

Sir Harrison Birtwistle was a longstanding member of The Ivors Academy who won a remarkable 8 British Composer Awards and, in 2006, the prestigious Ivors Classical Music Award. He was the Academy’s most awarded classical composer. Here, members of the classical community share personal memories of the life and legacy of the great composer.  Words […]

Mira Calix was an innovative creative artist, a leader in her field. Her work speaks for itself and her many commissions firmly established her as one of the preeminent movers in her genre. She also had a depth of understanding of other musical styles besides her own. We first worked together as PRS Foundation Advisors […]

Alfie Neale is a singer, songwriter and producer, originally from Dorset and now based in Brighton, England. His sound is an emotive and brave mix of styles, investigating elements of soul, disco, jazz and hip-hop. Neale’s influences range from the modern (Amy Winehouse, Anderson .Paak) to the classic (Doobie Brothers, George Benson) reflecting his wilful […]

Gary Brooker was a longstanding member of The Ivors Academy and an Ivor winner. In 2009 we had the honour of presenting Gary with a Gold Badge Award for his immense contribution to songwriting. Here, fellow band mate, composer, and friend Josh Phillips pays tribute to the legendary Procol Harum lead singer-songwriter. I first saw […]

February is LGBTQI+ History Month and in recognition our LGBTQI+ Working Group are doing a take over. This month we speak to Amber Jay, Edmund Jolliffe and Will Davenport (Chair) from our LGBTQI+ Working Group about their experiences in songwriting and composition, as well as their views on inclusivity in the music industry and what […]

Cleveland Watkiss and Julian Joseph at The Ivors Composer Awards 2021

Creative recovery must be at the centre of pandemic recovery Looking back over the past twelve months it is clear how hard many music creators have been hit by the pandemic, and how The Ivors Academy and Trust continues to step up in these challenging times. Figures from UK Music illustrate what’s happened to music […]

Hope is a 22-year-old unsigned singer-songwriter from London. Coming from a non-musical family, Hope is a primarily self-taught musician, with a passion for music as a driver for personal, social and cultural change. She left school at 16 to pursue a career focusing on song writing, releasing original singer songwriter material via streaming platforms and live performance. […]

Senators at The Ivors Academy

All targets in the Academy’s Equalities plan were achieved, with 50% of the Senators identifying as female (up 13% from the last election in 2018), 40% Black, Asian and minority ethnic (up 32% from 2018) and 13% declared a disability. For the first time the Academy collected details about geographic location, LGBTQI+, schooling and religious […]

Focus, grow and thrive in music with the help of a mentor Co-Pilot: the Musicians’ Mentoring Network supports music creators with their development by pairing them with an experienced industry mentor. Navigating the music business, as well as the creative, logistical, financial, and emotional pressures that come with being a music creator, can make sustaining […]

The Ivors Academy is proud to present Ivors Week, the UK’s week-long celebration of songwriting and composing. Ivors Week will be held between Monday 20th September and Friday 24th September 2021. Ivors Week supports The Ivors Academy Trust, which empowers and inspires music creators to start and build their careers, develop their craft and reach their full potential. It will […]


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