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In his announcement, Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden said venue capacity will be reduced and organisations encouraged to move to electronic ticketing to help test and trace. A number of indoor performances will also be piloted, to work out how audiences can be confidently ushered indoors as soon as possible. In the meantime, […]

Ennio Morricone in 2013

It is with enormous sadness and the profoundest admiration that The Ivors Academy mourns the passing of Maestro Ennio Morricone at the age of 91, a truly titanic composer for cinema and the concert hall whose prolific output has inspired and influenced several generations of musicians and film makers, captivating audiences around the world with […]

On 12th September 1974 the Academy held its first presentation of Gold Badge Awards at the Connaught Rooms in London. A Gold Badge acknowledges a champion of music creators; exceptional individuals who support and encourage the work of songwriters and composers. It was in this inaugural year that the Academy, then known as the Songwriters […]

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy Words were never meant to paint a sense of music. Only to accompany it. Words can’t hope to interpret the melody of our dear friend, musician, inspiration, mentor, thinker, innovator and visionary Rupert Hine. Rupert passed away on 4th June 2020 at his home, with his family beside […]

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 […]

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. […]

The Dundonian pop star has curated Scotland’s first ever all-female songwriting camp to inspire talented music writers and encourage more women to get involved in the profession. During the lead up to IWD, we speak to Charlotte to find out more about her motivations, inspirations and why setting up this new initiative is so important […]

Amongst those are The Ivors Academy Fellow Sir Elton John, who has been awarded the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to music and charity. Winning the highest accolade on the list, the twelve-time Ivor Novello Award winner said on Twitter: “I’m humbled and honoured to be among such highly esteemed company in […]

We are pleased to invite Academy and Standard members to submit works to be considered for The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)’s thirteenth European ECCO Concert. The concert, which will be performed by the Fractales ensemble, is taking place during the ECSA General Assembly at Flagey in Brussels on 4 February 2020. ECCO is […]

The survey, aimed specifically at composers who write for screen, was launched as a result of hearing directly from music creators regarding their experiences during the commissioning processes, such as working for free and requests for giving up rights. This week, The Ivors Academy hosted a meeting led by our Media Committee to discuss the […]

Our annual lunch returned to the iconic Savoy hotel in London this month to honour and give thanks to ten individuals who have worked tirelessly to support the professional lives of songwriters and composers in the UK. This year we were delighted to welcome a brand new host to the show, legendary broadcaster Edith Bowman. […]

The sudden death of composer Jonathan Goldstein, along with his wife Hannah Marcinowicz and their daughter, shocked the community last month when it was announced the family tragically died in a plane crash in Switzerland. Jonathan, who was a member of The Ivors Academy from 2010 – 2019, was a multi-award winning composer for film, […]

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 […]

The pair stunned a room full of songwriters and academics as they emerged as special surprise guests as part of the event, delivering an intimate Keynote discussion led by Songwriting Studies project leader Dr Simon Barber. Merck Mercuriadis opened the conversation by exploring the changing world of music publishing, expressing his growing concerns around the […]

Ivor Novello Award-winning musician and producer Nile Rodgers surprised a room full of songwriters, music industry workers, and academics on 8th August, emerging as the unannounced keynote speaker for the Songwriting Studies Research Network event held at The Ivors Academy in London. Billed as a conference around the activities of an academic research network, delegates […]

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 […]

Created in 1974, The Ivors Academy Gold Badge acknowledges exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who support creativity in all its musical forms and as general champions of music. For over 45 years we have recognised and celebrated the many inspiring people who have supported our membership through the presentation of The Ivors […]

Doug Flett was an active member of the Academy for many years, who was presented with an Ivor Novello Award in 1974 with long-time writing partner Guy Fletcher for their song ‘Power to All Our Friends’, recorded by Cliff Richard. Since the mid-60s the pair have written hit songs for many international artists, enjoying four […]

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