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Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said: “Equality, diversity, and inclusion matter to The Ivors Academy. As the professional home for all music creators we take our responsibility to champion a more diverse and inclusive music industry seriously. We strive to reflect the diversity of the UK creative music community in our organisation and […]

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors with Apple Music to celebrate exceptional craft in songwriting and screen composition. The nominations recognise works written by British and Irish songwriters and composers that were released in the UK in 2019. […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for the music sector and creative industries, exposing the need to accelerate reform to ensure that music creators and publishers can continue to thrive during this period of disruption. The changes we are undergoing across societies, in consumer behaviour and technology, and with an uncertain economic outlook […]

The MP3 revolutionised music distribution across the globe. The new file format allowed music to be compressed and shared like never before. In a tale of unintended consequences, the MP3 ushered in mass piracy and the emergence of peer-to-peer music file sharing companies such as Napster, as well as the huge success of MP3 players, […]

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, […]

The partnership makes Epidemic Sound’s library of tracks available to use through the Adobe stock service. Epidemic Sound’s library is created by composers for screen and video, who receive an upfront fee while having to relinquish all rights to future royalties. They are hired under so-called ‘full buyout deals’. Such deals are becoming increasingly common. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union formed an alliance in early May to ‘Keep Music Alive’ and Fix Streaming.  Just over a month into the campaign, a petition established by the two organisations calling for a government review into streaming revenues and the distribution of royalties has gained over 13,000 signatures. Meanwhile, an artist-led movement […]

The Ivors Academy, Musicians’ Union, Association of British Orchestras, BPI, Music Publishers Association and PRS for Music have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, calling on the Government to provide essential support to the UK’s classical music sector. The letter sets out the economic and […]

We have submitted written evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers. We made the case for how the music-creating business is at an all-time low, and proposed essential next steps for the recovery of our sector. Recent findings have shown that […]

“We stand with the African American community in solidarity at this time of great pain and turmoil. Nothing can ever justify racism, and until we can all join forces to speak out, while actively seeking solutions to dismantle the mindsets that hold one person’s perceived privilege superior over another person’s very existence, nothing of substance […]

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy

This week the Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union launched Keep Music Alive, a campaign to support music creators through Covid-19 and establish a more progressive industry model for the future. This includes a petition calling on the UK government to help the industry review the functioning of the streaming market. This is because Covid-19 has […]

Covid-19 has hit songwriters, musicians and composers hard. Gigs and commissions have been cancelled, festivals and performances postponed, and recording studios closed. Since early March, over 20,000 applications have been received to music industry Hardship Funds. This crisis has brought into sharp relief the fact that creators and performers are sustained primarily by income generated […]

The Ivors Academy recently surveyed its members about the impact of Covid-19 on music creators. The aim of this survey was to help us lobby Government to provide support for songwriters and composers that are being financially impacted. Our case to Government is significantly strengthened by input from members and we would like to thank […]

The Directory comes in response to the impact of coronavirus, which has seen thousands of musicians losing work as tours, gigs, concerts and studio sessions have been cancelled or postponed. As the leading campaigning organisation for the UK’s composer and songwriter community, The Ivors Academy is now promoting a Remote Recording Directory to bridge this […]

The Collective exists to support the wellbeing and working practices of composers worldwide. As part of the new initiative, a virtual mentorship programme is being launched by composers, for composers. You can sign up as a mentor or a mentee by midday 1 April here: https://bit.ly/3bcESzK As the Composer Wellbeing Collective grows there will be […]

The decimation of concerts and the commissions for live performance will devastate classical composers’ earnings and playing living composers music will provide royalties and promotion at a critical time. The BBC is the largest commissioner of classical music in the UK and has access to thousands of recordings of contemporary classical recordings – many of […]

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. […]

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