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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 […]

The Ivors Academy Trust relaunch

It is an important call to action for increased support for the songwriters, composers and musicians hit hardest by the pandemic and a lack of opportunity. The re-launch comes after two years of work to establish the Academy and its charity within Ivors branding. Working together, the Academy and Trust have begun a major fundraising […]

PRS for Music has launched a new licensing portal for anyone wanting to stage and livestream small-scale gigs, DJ events, classical concerts and theatrical events online. The portal was launched in response to the huge rise in livestreamed concerts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, however PRS will not be seeking to retrospectively license […]

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou, Face of LGBT+ History Month 2021 Following the refreshingly honest and relaxed discussions at the first meeting of The Ivors Academy’ LGBTQI+ Working Group, there was collective agreement for the need to show more […]

Courtney Pine

Robert Mitchell, Chair of The Ivors Academy Educational Publishing Working Group, composer, musician and Piano Professor, said: “I welcome the statement, but we didn’t need to be here. The reinstatement of Jazz and Courtney Pine should be immediate. We are very keen to contribute to broadening the music A-level syllabus for Edexcel. The same goes for […]

Robert Mitchell

The announcement from the examination body Pearson Edexcel that they are cutting Courtney Pine CBE, both the only black composer and Jazz, from their A-level Music syllabus-right at the start of 2021 is appalling. It is a tragedy for young students taking an exam that might determine their long-term futures in the arts. This comes […]

Gerry Marsden MBE was a member of The Ivors Academy for many years, who in 1991 was presented with a Gold Badge Award to recognise his extraordinary contribution to British songwriting. In a personal tribute, Gerry and the Pacemakers writer and friend Mitch Murray CBE shares memories of working with the songwriter: I’ll always have […]

Despite the challenges we face I would like to wish you a happy new year. I know that this is not the start to 2021 that we all hoped for, and we are facing greater restrictions and challenges than we expected, but the new year also brings hope. We are committed to supporting you and […]

In this personal tribute, Mitch Murray CBE reflects on the multi Ivor Novello Award winners extraordinary career. Geoff Stephens, like many of us who started out in the early sixties, was a songwriter – not a ‘singer-songwriter’, but a professional and gifted specialist who crafted both words and music for the pop market, aimed at […]

Associate Music Director of the Bristol based Paraorchestra, Lloyd Coleman is a fearless and unapologetic champion for disabled creators and performers. We are delighted to have the opportunity to dip into Lloyd’s creative journey… …’I count myself extremely lucky’… I’m often asked if my hearing and visual impairments, both of which I’ve lived with since […]

Advert for The Ivors Academy Annual Review 2020

“While 2020 has been phenomenally difficult and there are many challenges ahead, it’s in such times that we need community and common purpose. Thank you for supporting each other, the Academy, and for uniting in our collective purpose to create a positive future for songwriters and composers.” Academy Chair Crispin Hunt and CEO Graham Davies […]

Although still a student composer, Xia has several outstanding achievement to their name, a highlight of which is their award as winner of the 2018 BBC Young Composer Competition. These are reflections on their lived experiences as a Brailist composer – …’labels can simplify things we do not understand…’ I have always been resistant to […]

Fiona Bevan

The Ivors Academy has recommended that the UK Government: Introduce regulation of the Major Music Intermediaries – international corporate groups comprising both labels and publishing with revenues above 5% of world markets – with a code of conduct to create parity with how Collective Management Organisations are regulated. Implement a package of copyright reform, based […]

A poll by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union has exposed the shockingly inadequate earnings the majority of music creators currently receive from streaming. The findings come ahead of the second meeting of the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, on Tuesday 8 December. The survey of the organisations’ members shows […]

The winners of these prestigious Ivor Novello Awards were revealed earlier tonight as part of a two-hour ceremony broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 3, hosted by Kate Molleson and Tom Service. Ivor Novello Awards were presented to eleven composers for categories covering classical, jazz and sound art compositions, in addition to three ‘Gift of The […]

Charlene Brown

The Committee will advise the Academy Board on ethics-related issues, including setting up a new ethical framework for the Academy’s activities, which will include awards and membership. While the Academy has existing codes of behaviour, the rebranding of the Academy in 2019 signalled a departure from the past. The Academy is committed to ensuring that […]

UK Disability History Month is an annual platform which creates a focus on the history and current lived experiences of disabled people. It is a celebration of achievement and positive influence as well as an acknowledgment of the many struggles for recognition, equality, and genuine inclusion within our communities and society. 2020 is the 11th […]

Take the poll The poll will run until 5pm on Tuesday 10 November and is open to members of The Ivors Academy and the MU. We will use the results in our submission to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on the economics of streaming and in our campaigning. It will help by providing up-to-date information […]

The deadline to submit written evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry on streaming has now passed. This follows five months of campaigning by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union, and may be the biggest opportunity we will collectively get to make the case for a fairer deal for songwriters, composers, and performers. Have your […]

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