In Winter 2019, we are launching our Youth Council, designed to be an important source of insights and information for the Academy and an opportunity for young creators to develop their knowledge of their rights and the industry.
The Youth Council will be an advisory group, made up of one student or creator aged under 25 from each of our Partner organisations, plus Under 25 Members of The Ivors Academy. The Youth Council will meet once a term, at different Partner locations across the country, and meetings will be chaired by one of our Board Directors.
75% of our Youth Council will be made up of representatives from our Partner organisations; 25% will be Under 25 Members of The Ivors Academy who put themselves forward.
Whilst the Youth Council itself won’t have decision-making authority, it will be able to inform and influence the agendas of our Committees and Board, and therefore the causes we campaign on and the events we deliver. Moreover, all members of the Youth Council will be eligible to stand to be a Board Director of The Ivors Academy for a one-year term. The Ivors Academy Board will review applications from Youth Council members and decide the successful candidate, who will then become a full Board Director with voting rights and attendance fees equal to those of other Board Directors.
We believe that creating this permanent place on our Board for a young creator sends an important message about how the Academy values the next generation of talent.