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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 […]

In a move to welcome and support more songwriters and composers at all stages of their careers, standard members no longer need to be a member of a Performing Rights Organisation, such as PRS for Music, to be eligible to join The Ivors Academy. We strongly recommend that all music creators register with a PRO, […]

Classical music is embedded into the rich history of the Ivors Academy, so it brings us great pleasure to feature young torch bearers of classical music. This month’s spotlight, we are introduced to emerging composer Xia Leon Sloane. In July, a premiere of Xia’s work, ‘in peals of æther ‘ was performed at the Cheltenham […]

At today’s AGM members voted in favour of governance reforms at the Academy to create a new 40-strong Senate. There will be elections to the members’ Senate later in the autumn, from which up to 11 members will be appointed to the Board. At the meeting members heard how the Academy, as a community of […]

The Ivors Academy exists to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK, and nothing makes us more excited than witnessing the successes of our members! That’s why here on the members spotlight, we want to showcase the talent of our members. No one fits the bill better for our first edition than emerging […]

Steve Mac

The Songwriter of the Year award recognises a songwriter or songwriting team for their outstanding body of successful songs commercially released in the previous year. The winner will be announced on 21st September, with an awards ceremony planned to take place at the Grosvenor House, London. It is the first time in over 20 years […]

The month of June marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots which took place in New York City in 1969. This is a global celebration and focus on the gay experience throughout society and the fight for gay rights. Our LGBTQI+ Working Group Chair, Will Davenport, pauses to reflect on some of the UK based […]

Marcel was my boss at Decca Records during the 1970s, and without doubt the best boss I ever had. He was the international manager overseeing all Decca’s overseas releases, but also had his own little empire within our small offices, as a part-time songwriter who provided lyrics or translations for innumerable artists, of which the […]

Barry Mason was one of the finest and most popular songwriters in the UK. Principally a lyricist, Barry co- wrote with many of our best known composers, but it was his long partnership with Les Reed which produced some of his best known works including Delilah for Tom Jones, I Pretend for Des O’Connor, The […]

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