Each winner receives an Ivor Novello Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for songwriters and composers. Presented since 1956, an Ivor is judged and presented by songwriters and composers to their peers. The winners will join a roll call of greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Cathy Dennis, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Joan Armatrading.
Entries are open for the Rising Star Award with Apple Music to recognise under-25 songwriters, and across six categories – Best Album, Best Contemporary Song, Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Video Game Score and Best Television Soundtrack.
Open until Friday 21st January, anyone can enter, including the songwriter or screen composer. To enter and for the eligibility criteria, rules and guidelines visit our awards entry site.
In its third year, the Rising Star Award with Apple Music discovers, supports, and accelerates the careers of the most promising music creators. The award includes a mentoring scheme where all nominees receive a year-long mentorship from a well-established Academy member and leaders from Apple Music. Last year’s winner, Willow Kayne was mentored by music legend Nile Rodgers.
There is no fee to enter the Rising Star Award. Entrants must be an under-25 member of The Ivors Academy and the Academy has bursaries to cover the cost of membership for songwriters who face financial barriers. The fee to enter the six song, score and album categories is waived if one of the songwriters or screen composers is a member of The Ivors Academy.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 19th May 2022 at Grosvenor House, London.
Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said, “Entering works for The Ivors with Apple Music provides composers and songwriters with the opportunity to have their music considered by their peers. To recognise the very best music from 2021 we need entries from the full range of talent in the UK today. So, if you’re a songwriter, composer, publisher or manager – we want to hear from you.”
Highlights from The Ivors with Apple Music 2021
Monday 13th December 2021
Friday 21st January 2022
Monday 21st February 2022
Tickets on sale for The Ivors with Apple Music
Thursday 7th April 2022
Ivors Academy members start voting for Songwriter of the Year
Monday 16th May – Friday 20th May
Ivors Week, a week-long celebration of songwriting and composing, presented by The Ivors Academy and supporting The Ivors Academy Trust
Thursday 19th May 2022
Winners announced at The Ivors with Apple Music, Grosvenor House, London