You didn’t chart in the U.K., but you’d still like to be considered for an Ivor Novello Award? No problem.
The Ivors Academy announced on Monday (March 22) that commercial releases eligible for Ivor Novello Awards for best album, best song musically and lyrically, and best contemporary song no longer have to have appeared on The Official UK Singles and Albums charts to be considered.
The Academy framed the change as one of several steps intended to “improve access to its awards and remove barriers to entry.”
The Academy said it “has guidelines …which include providing bursaries to music creators in need of financial assistance to join the Academy and enter an award, transparency through published rules and criteria, and support through the application process.”
Graham Davies, CEO of The Ivors Academy, said in a statement, “An Ivor Novello Award is a celebration of artistry and creativity in songwriting and composing. We want to consider the very best works and be open to the most outstanding talent in the UK and Ireland, so it’s time to remove the chart requirements from our song and album categories. This change is part of a range of actions we are taking to increase diversity and inclusion across our awards.”
Until this year, the following rules applied: “Entries for the best album must have appeared in the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart. [Entries for] best song musically and lyrically, and best contemporary song entries must have appeared on either The Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart or as a track on an entry in The Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart during the previous calendar year.”
In the U.S., the Grammy Awards have never had a requirement that albums or singles must make the charts to be considered, though the overwhelming majority of nominees in key categories have charted.
The Ivor Novello Awards were first presented in 1956, two years before the Grammys got underway. They are awarded for exceptional work by British and Irish songwriters and composers. The awards are now branded as The Ivors with Apple Music.
To be eligible, works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the UK for the first time between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
The rule change was announced as entries opened in six key categories – best album, best contemporary song, best song musically and lyrically, best original film score, best original video game score and best television soundtrack.
Entries in these categories will close on April 30. Nominations will be announced on Aug. 10. Winners will be announced on Sept. 21. Plans are to hold the 66th annual awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, London.
The Ivors also announced that entries will close for the rising star award with Apple Music on March 26. Nominees in that category will be announced on July 27.
The 2020 awards were postponed from May to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were finally announced on Sept. 2 on The Matt Wilkinson Show on Apple Music 1 Radio. Dave & Fraser T. Smith, Steve Mac, Jamie Cullum, Bobby Krlic and Labrinth were among key winners. Labrinth won an Ivor for best television soundtrack for HBO’s Euphoria. He went on to win an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics later that month for his work on the show.
The Ivors Academy said in a statement “[We exist] to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK. We are the independent professional association representing songwriters and composers in all genres, whether they create song, symphony or sync.
“Our Ivor Novello Awards are the ultimate accolade for songwriting and composition in the industry. The Ivors mainly celebrate the talents of songwriters and screen composers, whilst The Ivors Composer Awards celebrate music creators in the classical, jazz and sound art fields.”
For more information visit www.ivorsacademy.com