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Jin Jin, Tom Gray and Daniel Kidane join Ivors Academy Board

The Board positions arose after Rupert Hine passed away in June 2020, and Paul Hartnoll and Stephen McNeff decided to stand down in order to support the Academy’s commitments to championing equality, diversity and inclusion.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 11 Sep 2020
  • min read

It has been announced today that Jin Jin, Tom Gray and Daniel Kidane have become Board Directors of The Ivors Academy.

The Academy campaigns for creators’ rights, celebrates outstanding music creation through Ivor Novello Awards and supports songwriters and composers throughout their careers.

Jin Jin is an award-winning songwriter with her own publishing and management company, Jinsing. She also holds a senior A&R position at Parlaphone.

Jin Jin said: ‘I feel extremely honoured to have been elected for inclusion on such a prestigious board. I am hoping to provide a voice to those who may feel invisible or excluded within the music industry.’

Songwriter and composer, Tom Gray, is a member of the band Gomez, a director of PRS for Music and the founder of the #BrokenRecord campaign. 

Tom said: ‘I’m joining the board of The Ivors Academy in the hope that I can help it gain even greater reach as a national campaigning organisation for the rights of songwriters and composers. For too long corporations have failed the interests of our sector with unethical practices and unsustainably diminishing revenues. It’s time for all that to change.’

Acclaimed composer Daniel Kidane’s works range from solo pieces to large orchestral works which have been premiered by orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

Daniel said: ‘I am delighted to join the Ivors Academy Board of Directors. Having been part of the Classical Committee for several years, I look forward to broadening my contribution to the Academy and upholding the great work that the organisation already does to champion the interests of music creators. As a classical composer of diverse heritage, I actively strive to promulgate fairness and openness within the community and I understand that there is still much work to be done with regard to everybody being seen, listened to, heard respected and valued.’

Crispin Hunt, chair, The Ivors Academy, said: ‘It’s a huge honour to welcome Jin Jin, Tom and Daniel to the Academy Board. As an Academy we are committed to representing and championing all music creators. And I’m thrilled to have such wonderful new colleagues on the Board to help us do that. I would like to sincerely thank Paul Hartnoll and Stephen McNeff for their contributions to the Academy, and for their continued involvement as advocates of music creators.’