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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. […]

Christopher Gunning is famously known for his work in film and TV, most notably the iconic signature theme for Agatha Christie’s Poirot and evocative music for Olivier Dahan’s La Vie En Rose. More recently however, a culmination of 16 years of contemporary classical music composition has led to a shift from a career in media […]

The Ivors Academy has announced that Mark Taylor will join the organisation in a newly created role as Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs. Effective from the beginning of March, Mark will be responsible for raising the public profile of the Academy, its activities and members, whilst leading an ambitious long-term strategy for growth […]

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 […]

The Ivors Academy this evening announced The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 winners at a glittering ceremony at the British Museum in London, presented by BBC Radio 3’s Kate Molleson and Tom Service. Ivor Novello Awards were presented across eleven nominated categories that included jazz composition, works for chamber ensemble and those written for Amateur or […]

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 […]

We are delighted to announce that The Ivors Academy has teamed with Apple Music to bring greater awareness, within and outside the UK, of our organisation, its activities and its incredibly talented members. For the next three years, The Ivors Academy together with Apple Music, will bring wider exposure and development opportunities for our members […]

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 […]

Australian born Barrington Pheloung moved to London in the early 70s where he studied composition at the Royal College of Music. Pheloung’s first commissions were for dance, touring with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, who went on to compose more than 50 pieces for dance and stage works. In 1986 Pheloung received his break in […]

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 […]

Speaking about Wednesday’s new appointment, Academy CEO Graham Davies has said: “On behalf of The Ivors Academy I would like to congratulate Rt Hon Nicky Morgan on her new appointment of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this week. We welcome Nicky’s extensive background in Education and Equalities, and look forward to […]

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 […]

If you are a composer who has received recent commissions in any medium or genre we would be grateful if you could spare a short amount of time to take the survey. Complete the survey here The survey is anonymous; we will not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. […]

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