The Ivors Academy – Programmes Manager (UK)

Programmes Manager
The Ivors Academy
London, United Kingdom and hybrid

Our mission is to put songwriters and composers centre stage, where they belong. We do this through our world-renowned Ivor Novello Awards, campaigns, diverse and supportive membership community and programmes that create new opportunities for music creators facing barriers.

This is the most exciting time in our history as we grow the Academy’s team, profile and impact to protect the rights of songwriters and composers, celebrate their success and support their careers.

We’re hiring a full time Programmes Manager on a fixed term contract of one year as soon as possible. You will run, manage and establish a range of programmes and initiatives that make a last positive difference to songwriters and composers at all stages of their careers.

Our programmes help meet the objectives of The Ivors Academy and our charitable trust by supporting current and potential members, and providing public good.


You will work closely with colleagues from across the The Ivors Academy and our charitable Trust to ensure that all programmes and initiatives have clear objectives, resources, reporting and coordination so a high-standard delivery is achieved.

Our current programmes cover:

  • Mentoring – Co-Pilot mentoring for all music creators and the Rising Star Award programme
  • Creative development – Inside Track artist development scheme, Songwriting Camps and Composer Retreats
  • Advocacy development – In The Room leadership programme and our Advocacy Accelerator
  • Widening access to the creative industries – TheWRD from The Ivors Academy Access to Higher Education diploma

  • Putting in place programme and portfolio management processes and tools to ensure that all programmes have clear objectives and impact.
  • Effective reporting on all programmes and initiatives supported by good documentation to ensure regular and reliable communication to stakeholders.
  • Effective and supportive relationships with third party providers, partners, funders, staff and Trustees.
  • Research that identifies and understands how our programmes meet the needs of songwriters and composers.
  • Work with staff, contractors and Trustees to support development of funding bids and sponsorship proposals to secure funding.
  • Work with a range of teams including the Trust Administrator to ensure alignment with the Trust’s strategy and processes, with the Membership Team to create value for members and opportunities for recruitment, with the Marketing and
  • Communications team on content capture and communications, and with the Events Team on programme-related events.
  • Represent the Academy and Trust at internal and external meetings.

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience
  • Project management qualification desired (MSP, Prince)
  • Extensive knowledge of managing multiple projects through the project life cycle
  • Experienced in the application of project methodologies
  • Financial management including experience of effectively scoping, setting and managing budgets
  • Experience of managing third party contractors and resources
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Skilled at stakeholder management
  • Knowledge of the music industry
  • Able to take ideas from concept to delivery in collaboration with staff and third parties
  • Excellent communications and collaboration skills
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Comfortable aligning our programmes with strategic priorities


Salary: starting at £30k per annum, based on experience

Location: This role is a combination of hybrid working and office based work. As such, this role would suit a candidate who is based in and around London.


To apply, please send a covering letter, outlining your interest and suitability for the role, and a current CV to Maria McMillan by 6th February 2023.

START DATE: ASAP, but can be flexible for the right candidate.


Our values are that we’re inclusive, respecting and championing difference and diversity; generous in our time, experience and understanding of each other; focused on cultivating, celebrating and campaigning for our members; proud of our role and heritage while constantly staying relevant and forging new innovations; and we demonstrate integrity through our actions, words and commitments.

This role requires the ability to work well with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of seniority, demonstrating a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. It requires focus on developing and empowering the team, improving planning and processes, encouraging creative solutions and delivering results.


We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, ethnicity, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion or belief.

We particularly encourage applications from the following under-represented groups and communities identified within our industry to join The Ivors Academy team: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQI+ communities.

If you have any additional accessibility requirements or need any support in the application process please email

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