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Ivor Novello Award-winning musician and producer Nile Rodgers surprised a room full of songwriters, music industry workers, and academics on 8th August, emerging as the unannounced keynote speaker for the Songwriting Studies Research Network event held at The Ivors Academy in London. Billed as a conference around the activities of an academic research network, delegates […]

The AGM comprised speeches from Chair Crispin Hunt and CEO Graham Davies, as well as the order of official business. 2018 AGM minutes were approved by members present, as were the draft 2018 accounts, and members reappointed Prager Metis, Chartered Accountants as the Academy’s auditors.  Crispin’s presentation gave an overview of the changes to our […]

The Ivors Academy has joined over 200 music organisations who are committing to taking positive action towards gender parity in music. Keychange is a pioneering international initiative, led by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry to […]

The Ivors, now in their 64th year, celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing across categories for songs, album, film, TV and video game scores released in the UK in 2018. The ceremony also saw the presentation of Ivor Novello Awards which recognise music creators for their wider contribution to […]

The beginning of the week saw the start of a new month, but sadly the last of the Songwriter’s Circle event at ICMP for this term. This latest session introduced four ICMP students – Ronni Mardor, Irene Skylakai, Stina Mai, Sophie Holden, and was hosted by ICMP Songwriting tutor Shane Beales. Each songwriter showed natural […]

Ivors Academy members and the creator community came together last night to celebrate the launch of the Academy’s bold new brand and identity. The sold-out social and networking evening, which was held at our offices in Borough, London, marked the start of our exciting journey which looks to enhance our visibility and amplify our voice […]

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy

With The Ivors Academy we have an opportunity to connect more people with what we stand for, what we do and why members should join. Many outside of our organisation aren’t unaware that BASCA is responsible for The Ivors, the British Composer Awards, the Gold Badge or what we do outside of our awards. The […]

Tess Tyler at BIMM Bristol

This March we were especially pleased to be able to welcome the award winning Media composer Tess Tyler to the Bristol campus of The British & Irish Modern Music for a talk with music production students about her career and methods of working. Three sessions were held over two days exploring the nature of ‘non-linear’ […]

Emily Saunders at ACM Guildford

The spotlight in February fell on our Academic Partner the Academy of Contemporary Music and Academy member Emily Saunders. As well as sharing her career story and her working experiences as a critically claimed songwriter, composer, vocalist and broadcaster, students from both Guildford and Birmingham also had the opportunity to present their own songs to […]

Emily Phillips at BIMM

Sandwiched between both ACM sessions we were very lucky to book a guest artist session with Academy member and UK chart-topping songwriter Emily Phillips for students studying at the London campus of The British & Irish Modern Music in Fulham. A fascinating insight into the co-writing process and collaborating, the nature of inspiration and where […]

Daniel Kidane

Returning to the Academy office after the Christmas festivities and celebrations, we kicked-off the New Year with our first Academic Partners event of 2019. We are grateful to the Royal College of Music for hosting this guest artist session in the warm acoustic of the wood panelled Parry Room. Joining me on this very wet […]

Shirley Thomspon New Years Honours

Amongst those are BASCA members Nick Mason, founding member and drummer of Pink Floyd, who was presented with a Gold Badge Award in 2012, as well as composer, producer and recipient of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award 2017 Nitin Sawhney. Both music creators have been awarded a CBE for services to music. On receiving his honour, […]

Crispin Hunt, Julia Montero, Emma McClarkin MEP and Graham Davies

As part of BASCA’s ambitious strategy for growth – including a rebrand – in 2019, BASCA Chair Crispin Hunt introduced the appointment of Graham Davies as Interim CEO for a further year, in addition to MEP Emma McClarkin and music lawyer Julia Montero as new Independent Directors of the Board. At the AGM, Davies delivered […]

Membership - The Ivors Academy

The Academy has cited its disappointment following the decision of The European Commission to approve Sony’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, thus creating a ‘major super power’. This follows our independent activity, including campaigning to the Commission and statement of September 28th 2018, outlining its opposition of the potential deal. Sony is currently the world’s biggest music […]

Pictured left to right: Top row – Keith Ames (MU), Graham Davies (BASCA), Crispin Hunt (Music maker/BASCA), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Cameron Craig (Producer/Engineer/Mixer/MPG), Frank Carter (Artist), Matt Greer (ATC Management) and Dean Richardson (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes). Middle row – Andrew Hunt (Record Producer/MPG), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Jess Iszatt (BBC), Kevin Brennan MP, Dave […]

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