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Recognised as a pinnacle of creative musical achievement since they were first presented in 1956, Ivor Novello Awards are particularly important to the music community as they represent peer recognition. This year’s list of 33 nominations celebrates 70 individual music creators, including Harry Styles, Lianne La Havas, Lewis Capaldi, Dave, AJ Tracey and Laura Marling – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ivor Novello Award winner Renell Shaw writes on behalf of the Ivors Academy. “You cannot know where you are going until you know where you have been.” Windrush Day honours the legacy of a determined, talented, and inventive community of people, whose profound influence on our music industry and society in the UK can be […]

The anniversary of the murder of George Floyd is a time that we must reflect and recognise the part we all play in allowing racism, injustice, inequality, hate, and intolerance to take hold in our lives, society and industries. When I think about it, and I mean really think about it, it is terrifying to […]

The Ivors Academy has opened entries for The Ivors Composer Awards 2021, which recognise creative excellence in composition for contemporary classical, jazz, and sound arts. Each winner receives a coveted Ivor Novello Award, which are widely recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956. An Ivor Novello Award uniquely represents […]

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Over 2,000 songwriters and artists have signed an open letter to all record labels, calling for writers to be paid a minimum daily allowance of £75 / $120 to each songwriter working with an artist to cover expenses and give writers at least four points on the master from the label share. The letter is […]

In a letter to the Prime Minister an incredible list of music makers including Annie Lennox OBE, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Rebecca Ferguson, Bob Geldof, Boy George, Noel Gallagher and Kate Bush CBE, have written “on behalf of today’s generation of artists, musicians and songwriters here in the UK”. In an unprecedented show […]

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Music for Dementia is a national campaign to bring music into the ears and lives of people living with dementia. The evidence confirms that music is transformative for people living with dementia, but not everyone has access to it, on a regular basis, in the ways they want to experience it, and this has to […]

Jane Manning was a soprano who put her artistry at the service of the living composer: she was a key figure in new music in Britain for nearly sixty years. Her wonderful voice and superb musicianship – perfect pitch and accurate rhythm – made her the most sought-after singer for all of us in contemporary […]

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The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union have launched a new campaign, Composers Against Buyouts, to oppose unethical business practices that damage media composers’ rights, earnings and careers. Composers for TV, film and advertising are increasingly being asked to sell their work for an upfront fee, a buyout, which means they lose out on royalties over […]

At the latest Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing into the economics of music streaming today, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage supported a referral of music streaming to the Competition and Markets Authority, one of the key asks of the #FixStreaming campaign. A position welcomed by both The […]

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Supporters include MNEK, Amy Wadge, Ross Golan, Fred Gibson, Mikkel Eriksen of Stargate, Paloma Faith, Savan Kotecha, Jess Glynne, Natalie Hemby, Jimmy Hogarth, Liam Howe, Giorgio Moroder, Digital Farm Animals, Dan Bastille, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jin Jin, Plested, Ina Wroldsen, Tre Jean-Marie, Rick Nowels, Tiffany Red, Iain James, Dyo and Jessica Agombar. 300 writers, along […]

Hannah V is a pioneering new generation of entrepreneurial female producer/songwriter, who has worked with some of the most in-demand major label artists including Stomzy, JP Cooper and TOBi. Alongside her undeniable skills as a songwriter and producer, Hannah V has also balanced a stunning performance career with tours and stadium gigs with artists including […]

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and rally for women’s equality. The Ivors Academy is proud […]

New opportunity for a Fundraising Manager on a short term assignment

THE ROLE On 5th February 2021 we re-launched our charity under its new name, The Ivors Academy Trust. Simultaneously, our boards have approved a One Academy business plan that lays the groundwork for this short-term assignment. During the past few months an external consultant has been helping the team and trustees develop an initial fundraising […]

THE ROLE The Awards Administrator supports the delivery of The Ivors Academy’s presentations of Ivor Novello Awards.  Ivor Novello Awards are currently presented annually at The Ivors (in September to mainly recognise songwriters and screen composers) and at The Ivors Composer Awards (in December to recognise classical and jazz composers, and sound artists) with additional, occasional, presentations of an Academy Fellowship.  Reporting to the Awards […]

Female Academy board directors and trustees

This comes with the appointment of composers Hannah Peel and Kevin Sargent to the Academy Board, as Mark Ayres and Marc Sylvan’s terms on the Board come to an end. Charlotte Harris, Music and Entertainment Partner at Harris and Trotter LLP Chartered Accountants, has joined the Trust Board. Emily Saunders, Board Director and Chair of […]

Worryingly, almost all respondents (95%) do not believe the Government has a clear plan on how to get them back to work safely. The research goes on to detail how almost half of musicians and music creators have not received any financial support whilst shielding and over half are facing financial hardship because they are […]

Crispin Hunt, the music industry needs a huge reboot

The Committee of MPs quickly acknowledged how the live sector being closed for almost a year has presented an enormous problem for musicians. However, in keeping with the artists who had given evidence at earlier hearings, the organisations’ leaders emphasised how recorded music should also provide an acceptable and equitable income stream for musicians, writers […]

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