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The Ivors announced for 18th May 2023 as entries open

The Ivors Academy has announced that The Ivors will take place on 18th May 2023 at Grosvenor House, London as entries open. The awards are the most respected and prestigious prizes for songwriters and composers. Each winner will receive an Ivor Novello Award and join a roll call of greats that includes Adele, Stormzy, Cathy Dennis, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, Dave, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Joan Armatrading.   

Entries are open for seven categories to recognise British and Irish songwriters and composers – the Rising Star Award, Best Album, Best Contemporary Song, Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Video Game Score and Best Television Soundtrack.   

In its fourth year, the Rising Star Award discovers, supports, and accelerates the careers of under-25 songwriters. All nominees will receive support including mentoring from an acclaimed Academy member. Previous mentors include Nile Rodgers, Wayne Hector, Cathy Dennis, Shaznay Lewis and Jamie Hartman. 

Best Album recognises creative consistency and exceptional songwriting, Best Contemporary Song is for originality in songwriting and Best Song Musically and Lyrically recognises exceptional song craft. Categories for Film, Television and Games recognise outstanding original musical scores. 

Entries are open until 20th January and anyone can enter, including the songwriter or screen composer. To be eligible music must have been released or broadcast in the UK in 2022. 

Tickets for The Ivors go on sale Monday 27th February. Last year the event sold out a month in advance with a long waiting list. Corporate Partners of the Academy receive exclusive advance notice on ticket sales, contact mark.taylor@ivorsacademy.com to find out more. 

Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said, “The Ivors in 2023 will be the biggest and best celebration yet of the most innovative and renowned songwriters and screen composers. Songwriters, composers, publishers and managers – take a look and enter your music.”  

There is no administration 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 administration fee to enter the six song, score and album categories is reduced by 25% if the songwriter or screen composer with a qualifying interest is a Standard member of The Ivors Academy and by 50% if they are a Professional member. Join The Ivors Academy.


Entries open, Monday 5th December 2022  

Entries close, Friday 20th January 2023

Tickets on sale for The Ivors, Monday 27th February 

Nominations announced, Tuesday 18th April 

Ivors Week, supporting The Ivors Academy Trust, Monday 15th May – Friday 19th  May  

Winners announced at The Ivors, Grosvenor House, London, Thursday 18th May


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