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The Ivors Academy takes action on improving music for screen commissioning practice

Earlier last month we issued a survey to try to understand growing concerns around the practice of music commissioning in the UK.

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The survey, aimed specifically at composers who write for screen, was launched as a result of hearing directly from music creators regarding their experiences during the commissioning processes, such as working for free and requests for giving up rights.

This week, The Ivors Academy hosted a meeting led by our Media Committee to discuss the findings of the survey with a group of key industry stakeholders, including representatives from the BBC, PRS for Music, MU, Manners McDade and COOL Music.

The group shared experiences and different points of view, shedding light on what every step of the commissioning process involves. Based on the outcomes of the survey and the conversation they sparked, a suggestion was made to work towards re-establishing a code of practice, so that every party has just guidelines to refer to when entering a commissioning deal.

The Ivors Academy will be holding an event on Tuesday 19 November at The Ministry to discuss current practice and processes with a panel of leading experts and stakeholders, who will explore the challenges screen composers face within the commissioning environment and what steps The Ivors Academy is taking to help protect their rights.

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