Songwriter, producer and musician, Crispin Hunt has today announced that he is stepping down as Chair of the Ivors Academy Board to make way for a new successor.
In a statement released online today, Crispin said: '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.'
The Ivors now boasts a board that Crispin described as '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.'
Successfully leading campaigns for music creators’ rights, Crispin was at the forefront of the shift in conversation around streaming and copyright. Without revealing his next steps, he has promised to continue to 'support PRS’s outstanding team, as a member of the PRS Council to be as innovative, efficient and influential as possible' while also remaining an Ivors Board Director.
Crispin is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer. Former lead singer of the Longpigs, he has worked for Florence and The Machine, Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Natalie Imbruglia, Bat For Lashes, Rod Stewart and more.
The Academy Board will elect and announce its new Chair shortly.