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Our history

We have represented, championed and celebrated songwriters, composers and music creators since 1944.

Joe Coomber at the 1980 Gold Badge Awards Joe Coomber at the 1980 Gold Badge Awards

Where it all began

In 1944, the Composers Guild of Great Britain (CGGB) formed, to represent the interests of classical composers, including composers for film.

The British Songwriters Protection Guild of Great Britain was founded in 1947. Over its history, it renamed to become the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain, and later still, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

In 1976, the Association of Professional Composers (APC) was founded to exclusively represent professional composers, predominately media composers.

Seal holding two Ivor Novello Awards

Uniting three bodies

In the mid-1990s the three guilds began to work more closely together through the Alliance of Composer Organisations (ACO). By 1999 the original three guilds had amalgamated to become the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

In 2009, the Academy re-branded as the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

Adele winning songwriter of the year at The Ivors 2012

The pinnacle of songwriting achievement

In 1956, BASCA created The Ivor Novello Awards, to represent the ultimate in musical achievement and peer recognition in the industry. The Ivors are named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, and a founding member of BASCA.

Since their creation in 1956, The Ivors have become a cornerstone of the musical calendar and an internationally recognised icon of songwriting craft.

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Composer Dobrinka Tabakova holding an Ivor Novello Award at The Ivors Classical Awards 2023

Celebrating brilliance in composition

BASCA founded the British Composer Awards in 2003, to promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of classical composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience. Over 15 years, the BCAs earned a reputation for doing just that. They were rebranded in 2019 to The Ivors Composer Awards and from 2023 are known as The Ivors Classical Awards.

More about The Ivors Classical Awards
The Ivors Academy logo lit up at a conference

Becoming The Ivors Academy

In 2019, in response to a changing music industry,  BASCA rebranded to become The Ivors Academy. We represent music creators across all of the UK, at all stages of their careers and in every genre. By bringing the Academy, our awards and activities under one banner we are raising the profile of songwriters and composers globally, and campaigning for music creators’ rights.


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