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Robert Smith and Simon Gallup from The Cure at The Ivors 2022

“Thank you for playing your part in this diverse and inspirational community. We can be proud of our work to put songwriters and composers centre stage by celebrating your achievements, campaigning for your rights, widening access to a career in the creative industries and helping to create new connections.” Graham Davies, Chief Executive CELEBRATING We […]

Academy icon on a multicoloured background

The Ivors Academy has published its second pay gap report as part of our commitment to championing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are a growing organisation with a small team of 18, well below the Government threshold of 250 employees that requires companies to publish information about gender pay gaps. No organisations in the UK […]

Rab Noakes at a gig to honour Gerry Rafferty in 2014

A world-class musician, Rab had an unsurpassed knowledge of music; his song introductions at live performances always informed, often amazed, and frequently amused. He not only possessed genuine wisdom, but selflessly dispensed it freely in a way that encouraged others, particularly young performers.  He was a joy to play with, and a natural leader, with […]

Charlotte Harding, Ivor Novello Award winning composer

The survey reveals that of 319 composers who have won or been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award, 96% learned one or more instruments as a child and 94% had opportunities to perform music when young. Of those that did perform, over 50 composers had opportunities at school or in their local area. 64% of […]

2021 Songwriters' Review report - showcasing the year's most popular songs and the songwriters behind them

Despite Rodrigo’s success only 15 of the top 100 songwriters in the world are women Pop was the top genre, replacing Rap from the year before An average of 4.4 songwriters were involved in creating a top 100 song in 2021, down from the previous year’s 5 While American and British songwriters dominate the chart, […]

TheWRD from The Ivors Academy and Generator in partnership

Developed and delivered by industry experts using cutting edge tech, TheWRD from The Ivors Academy brings together music industry leaders, expert educators and deep learning AI to offer career-defining arts education to everyone, everywhere. From entrepreneurial modules to sessions on releasing music, marketing, live events, and touring, the qualification is designed to equip artists, musicians and creative […]

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 […]

Advocacy Accelerator

Launched by Tom Gray, Chair of The Ivors Academy, at the organisation’s 78th Annual General Meeting held virtually and attended by its songwriter and composer members, he said, “The Ivors Academy doesn’t just talk about creating an inclusive and equitable music industry. Through the Advocacy Accelerator, our new diploma – TheWRD – which begins later […]

Andy Skinner and Paul Epworth

TheWRD is a new Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship with backing from some of the biggest names in music including Oscar-winning producer Paul Epworth, Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriters Jamie Hartman and Celeste, Fellow of The Ivors Academy Peter Gabriel and 2022 Rising Star Ivor Novello Award winner Naomi Kimpenu. There are 100 […]

Woman in recording studio

To tackle significant problems experienced by people working in the music industry, we are calling on the industry to: Implement robust policies and procedures for combatting misogyny, sexual harassment and discrimination.  Provide equality, diversity, and inclusion training (with specific training on sexual harassment) for all workers.  Invest in active bystander training.  Provide multiple, clear, and accessible […]

A new wave of music education

The Ivors Academy is launching a new two-year diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship for students aged 19 years and over. Backed by the biggest players in the music industry, TheWRD is a further education course offering young people the chance of building a career in this highly competitive industry, with the first intake starting in September […]

Elton Jackson

Elton Jackson, Director of Artist and Employee Wellbeing at Sony Music, will join a panel exploring music in mental health this Ivors Week. The David Ferguson lecture will be livestreamed from Miloco Studios at 2pm on Tuesday 17th May. It takes place during Ivors Week, which supports The Ivors Academy Trust in their mission to […]

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 […]

Female film, TV and video game music composers will take the lead in a series She Scores on Scala Radio in association with The Ivors Academy, sharing their musical influences and inspirations. Acclaimed screen composer and Ivors Academy Senator Nainita Desai, said: “This International Women’s Day I’m going to draw inspiration from my fellow female […]

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 […]

Following our campaigning the Competition & Markets Authority have launched a market study into streaming and want to hear from songwriters and composers about the study’s statement of scope by 17th February. It will look at competition between music companies, between music services, and agreements and inter-relationships between music companies and streaming services. It will […]

Tom Gray

The Academy is the UK’s professional association for songwriters and composers – celebrating their achievements, campaigning for their rights and supporting creatives throughout their careers. Tom, member of Mercury Prize winning band Gomez, follows Crispin Hunt who stepped down last week after five years at the helm. In a statement, Tom Gray described the appointment […]

Crispin Hunt at The Ivors with Apple Music 2021

Hunt has steered the Academy, the preeminent body representing the interests of songwriters and composers, through an ambitious period of modernisation, growth and reform. The Academy Board will elect and announce its new Chair shortly. Crispin will continue to be actively involved in the Academy as a Board Director. Crispin Hunt said “After five incredible […]

Each winner receives an Ivor Novello Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for songwriters and composers. Presented since 1956, an Ivor is judged and presented by songwriters and composers to their peers. The winners will join a roll call of greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Cathy Dennis, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Joan […]

Sarah Angel

Musicians, artists and performers across the UK will continue the campaign to fix streaming despite Kevin Brennan MP’s Copyright (Rights And Remuneration Of Musicians) Private Member’s Bill not progressing. The reforms included in Kevin Brennan MP’s Copyright (Rights And Remuneration Of Musicians) Private Member’s Bill would have followed-up on the key recommendations made by the […]

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