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The Ivors Academy launches its first-ever Songwriting Camp with YouTube Music

The 2-day camp held in April offers a unique blend of music creation, industry networking, and educational opportunities for its members, under the guidance of esteemed songwriters and producers.

The Ivors Academy, in partnership with YouTube Music, has announced an exclusive Songwriting Camp, hosted at Qube East, in London. A first of its kind for The Ivors Academy, this special event offers members a unique opportunity for music-making, creative collaboration, and industry networking. 

In addition to songwriting with fellow Ivors Academy members, the special writing camp will offer attendees a chance to connect with and learn from renowned songwriters and producers like Jin Jin (who is also an alumni of YouTube’s Black Voices Fund), Fiona Bevan who leads The Ivors Academy Songwriting Council, and several others who will be on hand to serve as creative mentors and coaches to all songwriters. Throughout the camp, attendees will also be able to network with music industry professionals from YouTube Music, The Ivors Academy and from Qube’s community of producers and content creators.

The camp, which takes place on the 9th and 10th of April, is part of a larger partnership between The Ivors Academy and YouTube that intends not only to nurture the craft of songwriting and encourage collaboration, but also provide a focus on songwriter education through channel creation and best practices across the YouTube Platform. 

Tom Gray, Chair of The Ivors Academy said, “Our Songwriting Camp with YouTube Music is a big moment for The Ivors Academy. Not only will our members have new opportunities for creative collaboration and professional development, but it will deliver on our commitment to fostering a more vibrant and diverse music industry alongside a key partner. It’s a thrill to launch this new moment for songwriters to develop their craft, connect with their peers, learn from established names and write some incredible music.”

To ensure music creators from all over the UK can apply, The Ivors Academy Trust is also supporting the camp by offering travel and accommodation bursaries for selected applicants who are living outside of London. 

Dan Chalmers, Director, YouTube Music, EMEA, shared that “The Ivors Academy is by far the most influential and powerful voice for songwriters in the UK. YouTube’s partnership with this important organization aligns beautifully with our continued commitment to supporting and nurturing songwriters and producers both on and off our platform, in the UK and beyond. We are always looking for more ways to help unlock creative opportunities for songwriters, and we’re thrilled to join forces with the Ivors to help support this mission.”  

Up to 12 spots are available for Ivors Academy and Qube members to apply, and the camp is open to songwriters, producers, and artists who write their own music, with a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the music industry. Shortlisting and attendee selection will be driven by members of The Ivors Academy Songwriting Council, with session curation orchestrated by various creative team members.

Seize this unparalleled opportunity to elevate your songwriting career. Applications closed 8th March 2024


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