I’m delighted and honoured to announce that I’ve just been awarded a one-year membership bursary to the Ivors Academy, the independent trade body for songwriters and composers in the UK, home to the Ivor Novello Awards and to Joan Armatrading, Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Elton John, Paul McCartney and other equally legendary songsmiths! Having already been benefiting from the Ivors Academy’s advocacy on behalf of all music creators, I’m now looking forward to being able to access masterclasses, networking events and other benefits of membership.
The Academy’s history starts in 1944 with the founding of the Composers Guild of Great Britain (CGGB), followed in 1947 by the formation of the British Songwriters Protection Guild of Great Britain, which eventually became the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). In 1999, the two organisations joined forces with the Association of Professional Composers (APC) to become the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, which subsequently re-branded as the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and then as the Ivors Academy.
I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of an organisation that campaigns so tirelessly for the rights of songwriters and composers, for inclusivity and diversity, and for a fair share for all those who create music.
See https://ivorsacademy.com for more information on The Ivors Academy.