Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, The Ivors Academy presents Ivor Novello Awards for exceptional songwriting and composing. The awards are particularly important to the music industry as they represent peer recognition.
2020 winners included Dave, Little Simz, Inflo, Jamie Cullum, Mysie, Labrinth and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. Joan Armatrading CBE was recognised for her outstanding achievements with Fellowship of The Ivors Academy and Steve Mac picked up an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.
Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy said, “Hold the date for The Ivors with Apple Music 2021. I can’t wait to see the talent and artistry we will recognise from the past year – something that’s more important than ever. While we are in uncertain times, we remain optimistic about being able to celebrate in person.”
The Rising Star Award with Apple Music will return for the second year. Created to honour young talent who demonstrate exceptional potential, the award includes a mentoring scheme from Apple Music where all nominees receive a year-long mentorship from a well-established Academy member. Last year’s winner, Mysie was mentored by songwriter and producer Fraser T Smith. Entries will open on Monday 15th February and close on Friday 26th March.
Anyone can submit eligible works for The Ivors, including songwriters and composers. Music released in the UK between 1st January 2020 and 31st March 2021 will be eligible for this year’s awards. Entries for Best Album, Best Contemporary Song, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Video Game Score, Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and Best Television Soundtrack will open on Monday 22nd March and close on Friday 30th April.
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