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Our history

For 75 years, we have represented songwriters, composers and music creators, and over that time we’ve been through several changes. Until recently, we’ve been BASCA, but in March 2019 we relaunched as The Ivors Academy.

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.

Ben Drew wins three awards at The Ivors 2011

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, having the acronym of BASCA once again.

An Ivor Novello award statuette being made by hand from solid bronze

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 the 50s, The Ivors have become a cornerstone of the musical calendar and an internationally recognised icon of songwriting craft.

Read more on the history of The Ivors here
Sarah Rodgers, David Bedford and Roger Wright at the first British Composer Awards in 2003

Celebrating brilliance in composition

BASCA founded the British Composer Awards in 2003, to promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience. Over 15 years, the BCAs earned a reputation for doing just that, and alongside our rebrand, they will continue to from 2019 as The Ivors Composer Awards.

more about The Ivors Composer Awards
Chair Crispin Hunt at The Ivors 2018

A new identity

In 2019, in response to a changing industry climate, and having defined a new strategic vision, with a new Board and Committees, BASCA rebranded to become The Ivors Academy. We aim to represent music creators across all of the UK, at all stages of their careers, in whatever genre they work. Our new positioning and identity is inclusive, proud and clear, helping our voice to be heard on the world stage.

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