By Graham Davies, Chief Executive Officer, The Ivors Academy and Susanna Eastburn MBE, Chief Executive, Sound and Music

On a call together in November 2020, we shared our great concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on composers. Through conversations we’d both been having, we were picking up not only the acute impact of the loss of work (affecting all musicians) but some specific and very worrying issues unique to composers. (Our definition of ‘composer’ is purposefully broad and includes songwriters, improvisers, sound artists and music creators of any genre and at any career stage.)

As well as the…


Black History Month 2020: Our Data

Words by Susanna Eastburn MBE

This is the third consecutive year that Sound and Music has released data regarding applicants to our programmes from backgrounds who have experienced racism. It is still surprisingly rare for organisations to be open about such data. …


Fair Access Principles by Sound and Music

Words by Susanna Eastburn MBE

On 25 February 2020, Sound and Music launched our Fair Access Principles. Developed and tested over many months with composers and partner organisations, their aim is to remove the many non-musical barriers that can prevent composers from fairly accessing artist development opportunities and programmes.

Less than a month later, the UK went into lockdown, causing the immediate cessation of all live musical performance and physical meetings. …


Words by Susanna Eastburn MBE

Every year since 2016, Sound and Music has marked International Women’s Day and the month of March by using it as a springboard to showcase the work and lives of ground-breaking, inspiring and significant composers past and present across our programmes, websites and in our communications. These composers are women (we’ve had an interesting discussion internally about our dislike of the terms “women composers” and “female composers”) — some famous, some neglected by history, all worthy of interest and with music that deserves attention.

We’ve also used it as an annual occasion to hold ourselves…

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