The Ivors with Apple Music 2021

Ivor Novello Awards 2021: Songwriter of The Year to be voted for by academy members for first time in 20 years

The winner of the 2021 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year will be voted for by members of The Ivors Academy.

This is the first time in over 20 years that Academy members have been able to vote and decide who wins an Ivor.

The Songwriter of the Year award recognises a songwriter or songwriting team for their outstanding body of successful songs commercially released in the previous year.

The nominees for the award will be revealed on 10 August. The Winners will then be announced at the ‘The Ivors with Apple Music’ ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on 21 September.

The award was first presented in 1970 with previous winners including Ed Sheeran, Adele, and Damon Albarn.

“An Ivor Novello is the only music award bestowed by creators to honour the creative achievement of our craft,” said Chair of The Ivors Academy, Crispin Hunt. “The Songwriter of the Year Award marks the pinnacle of that craft and a highlight of every Songwriter’s career. Now that this award will be chosen by our Academy members makes it even more unique and special than ever.”

The nominee for The Ivors’ Rising Star Award will be announced on 27 July.

Only those with Academy-tier membership, reserved for established professional songwriters and composers, will be able to vote. 

To qualify to vote, members must be registered by 31 July.

The Ivors Academy recently expanded the eligibility for entries for The Ivors Composer Awards 2021 to reflect the impact of the pandemic on live performances. 

In addition to live concerts and broadcast performances, music that was played through a live-streamed concert is also be eligible for this year’s awards. 

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