Crispin Hunt has stepped down from his role as chair of The Ivors Academy, a London-based organization representing the interests of songwriters and composers. He will, however, continue to work with the Academy as a board director.
In a statement, Hunt explained that it “is high time to let the future lead the future.” Hunt started his tenure as chair of Ivors Academy five years ago and oversaw many initiatives, including “Credits Due,” which aimed to get all composers tagged properly in songs’ metadata.
Hunt is a songwriter as well — he fronted the ‘90s Britpop band Longpigs — and over the years has written or co-written songs with Jake Bugg, Florence and the Machine, Natalie Imbruglia and others.
The Ivors Academy was established in 1944 under its former name the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (“BASCA”). Retitled in 2019, the Academy is home to composers and songwriters of all kinds, including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, Jonny Greenwood, and more. The organization hosts the Ivor Novello Awards, a popular annual ceremony, honoring the music makers behind the scenes in the U.K. music scene.
Read Hunt’s full statement below:
“After five incredible years as Chair of The Ivors Academy, it is high time to let the future lead the future.
We have become the strong, representative and future-facing Academy British songwriters and composers deserve. We have campaigned successfully for music creators’ rights – from the European Copyright Directive and Composers Against Buyouts to Fix Streaming – taking music creators’ concerns from footnotes to the front pages and successfully creating the environment for improvement.
In this time, we’ve launched a new brand without an acronym in sight, reformed our governance, re-launched our charitable Trust, rejuvenated our Fellowship programme, forged global alliances, welcomed new partners and done more than ever to champion our world-leading music creators.
The last two years have been especially tough for many in music, but none more so than musicians. To have helped our community stand together – young and old, famed and emerging – so we can uphold the value of our musical creativity to society and its economy, has been an honour and a privilege. We stepped up, giving a voice to creators when they needed it most and providing increased support across our membership. We are now doing all we can to bring back the sixty thousand musicians who have left music during the pandemic by working tirelessly to create a more balanced, safer future for our industry.
Our Board is the strongest and most diverse it has ever been, with more women than men and a mix of backgrounds, ethnicities and locations across the UK. We continue to have under-25-year-old representation on our Board to empower new generations of creators as well as present. In their safe and capable hands, with confidence and pride, I leave the future of our Academy. Bed hogging is not my style.
As I turn to new projects, I reiterate my unflinching commitment to delivering the Academy’s mission and to supporting PRS’s outstanding team, as a member of the PRS Council, to be as innovative, efficient and influential as possible.
I want to thank our Academy members, our Academy team and everyone I have worked with as Chair over the past five years. I am humbled by your support and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside you.”