Ivors and Apple Music

PRS for Music announce exclusive music creator interviews during Ivors week

PRS for Music will be hosting a program of online sessions to celebrate the art, craft and creativity of its members during the week of The Ivors.

Paul Nichols
  • By Paul Nichols
  • 28 Aug 2020
  • min read

Free webinars and interviews will offer songwriters, composers, producers and artists, a chance to learn about the music industry from some of the best in their field.

Available to watch on the PRS for Music YouTube channel and here on M magazine, the four-day program of events will take place 1 - 4 September and run alongside sessions hosted by The Ivors Academy. 

Grammy-nominated, BRIT Award winner, and Ivor Novello Award nominee, Jamie Hartman, will launch the week in a video interview from his home, talking about his songwriting and production process with a range of artists including Lewis Capaldi, Calvin Harris and Celeste. 

Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, vocal producer and singer, Pam Sheyne, shares her experience as a topline songwriter in a webinar masterclass. Pam also reflects on co-writing Genie In A Bottle for Christina Aguilera – the UK No.1 hit single that won her International Hit of The Year at The Ivors in 2000.

Multi-platinum award-winning artists and songwriters, Fred and Richard Fairbrass, also speak to M magazine in a video interview from home. The brothers are one of few nominees to have won the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award twice: I’m Too Sexy in 1992 and Deeply Dippy in 1993. 

"Across four days in the lead up to and around the prestigious Ivors Award ceremony, we hope to inspire, educate and engage our creator community with a program of masterclasses and interviews available for songwriters and composers at every stage of their careers"- Andrea C. Martin, CEO, PRS for Music

Events during the week of The Ivors with Apple Music are as follows:

Tuesday 1 September | 10:00 BST

PRS for Music: Jamie Hartman interview 

Grammy nominated, Brit Award winner and Ivor Novello Award nominee, Jamie Hartman, speaks to M magazine about writing and producing for a range of artists including Lewis Capaldi, Calvin Harris and Celeste amongst many others.

Tuesday 1 September | 19:00 BST

PRS for Music: Pam Sheyne Masterclass 

Multi-platinum selling songwriter, vocal producer and singer Pam Sheyne shares details on her experience as a songwriter, her Ivor Novello Award win for co-writing Genie in A Bottle for Christina Aguilera, and how to build your network in the industry. 

Wednesday 2 September | From 11:00 BST

The Ivors with Apple Music

The Ivors will present Ivor Novello Awards to recognise creative excellence in songwriting and screen composition. Winners across all nominated categories as well as recipients of Songwriter of the Year 2019 and the Academy Fellowship will be announced on the Matt Wilkinson Show on Apple Music 1 from 11:00 BST. 

Thursday 3 September | 10:00 BST

PRS for Music: Right Said Fred interview 

Formed in 1989, multi-platinum award winning artists and songwriters, Fred and Richard Fairbrass are one of the few nominees to have won the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award twice at The Ivors. The brothers speak to M magazine about winning the prestigious accolade two years in a row. 

Thursday 3 September | 16:00 – 17:00 BST

The Ivors Academy presents: The Craft of Composition with Dario Marianelli

An Oscar, Golden Globe and Ivor Novello Award winner, Dario Marianelli will share his creative insights and experiences behind some of his best known scores including Atonement, Darkest Hour and Paddington 2. The internationally acclaimed composer will be interviewed by esteemed music supervisor, publisher and agent, Maggie Rodford.

Friday 4 September | 16:00 – 17:00 BST 

The Ivors Academy presents: In Conversation with Joan Armatrading MBE

The three times Grammy nominated, two times Brit nominated, and Ivor Novello Award winning singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading speaks to seasoned The Ivors host and broadcaster Paul Gambacinni as the pair explore her career highlights and outstanding contribution to British music. 

Throughout the week on M we will also be featuring a selection of top PRS writer members in an exclusive Ivor Novello Award themed ‘I Wrote That’ series. The look-behind-the-scenes feature includes Jazz-pop singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, Nainita Desai, who has written the scores for numerous Bafta, Emmy, Oscar award winning and nominated films and TV series, plus Martin Phipps, who is nominated for an Ivor Novello Award this year for his work on Netflix drama, The Crown.

The winner of PRS for Music’s #LyricsWeLeanOn competition will be announced on Friday 4 September. PRS for Music members were asked to share a song and the specific lyric that has provided the most comfort throughout the pandemic. The lucky winner will finish the week on a high note as they receive an exclusive one-to-one virtual masterclass with BRIT and Grammy-award-winning producer Steve Levine. 

The Ivors with Apple Music will be taking place on Wednesday 2 September at 11am. 

Check back with us here on M for all the winners. 

Named after composer and PRS member, Ivor Novello, PRS for Music has had a long-established relationship with The Ivors since its inception in 1956. This relationship continues in 2020 with PRS for Music returning as the title sponsor of the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award.