Like many modern music-makers, Tom Gray’s work is broad and varied: commercial songwriter, theatre composer, ensemble performer, librettist, singer-songwriter and scorer of television and film. Today, though, he is probably best known as one of the most high-profile creator advocates in the UK. His campaigning has led a global conversation around music rights and licensing and now, significantly, Tom has recently been elected Chair of the Ivors Academy.
Tom founded the #BrokenRecord campaign in 2020 which has been successful in bringing about a UK parliamentary inquiry and report into the economics of the music industry. Garnering the support of over 200 of the country’s most high-profile songwriters, composers, and artists, he wrote to the Prime Minister asking for urgent intervention on behalf of British creators. He also established, through (YouGov) polling, that British consumers believe songwriters and performers are underpaid. As a result, there is now a formal process with the UK government to investigate industry interventions.
As a founding member of Gomez, he won the Mercury Prize in 1998, and now has over 25 years of experience on all sides of the music industry. Around a decade ago, he began to develop a career as a media composer. Most recently he scored the first series of ‘In My Skin’ for the BBC before then moving onto a commission to write a stage adaptation for the Roald Dahl Story Company.
Outside of music, Tom’s interest in social justice and policy extends into other areas. He has recently been appointed by the HBF charity to help guide strategy and policy around the revictimization of trafficking victims in the UK.