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The Ivors Composer Awards

The Ivors Composer Awards is the UK's foremost celebration of creative excellence in contemporary classical, jazz and sound arts.

The Ivors Composer Awards 2022 date announced

Celebrating the best new works by composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art in the UK

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, The Ivors Composer Awards will take place on Tuesday 15th November 2022 at the British Museum, London.

2021 winners included Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Thomas Adès, Alexander Goehr, Nicki Iles, Zoe Rahman and Cleveland Watkiss, who each collected a hand-crafted Ivor Novello Award.

The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music and BBC Radio 3 are the broadcast partner, both have continually supported the awards since they began. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the ceremony in a special edition of the New Music Show on Saturday 19 November at 10pm.

Entries opened on Monday 30th May and to be eligible works must have premiered to UK audiences between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022. Further details can be found on the ENTER page in the above menu.

2022 Awards Ceremony

The 20th anniversary Ivors Composer Awards returns to the British Museum, London on Tuesday 15 November 2022.

  • Date
  • Time
    18:15 - 22:30
  • Address
    British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
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Listen to Ivor Novello Award Winning Works

Bringing together award winning classical works from 2003 up to the present year, including music from 2021 winners Cleveland Watkiss, Sarah Angliss and Zoe Rahman.

Latest Awards Snaps View all

We are beyond honoured that Peter Gabriel became the latest Fellow of The Ivors Academy today.

This is the highest honour we bestow and is in recognition of Peter’s outstanding contributions as a musician, innovator, humanitarian and songwriter.


Worthy recipient of Outstanding Song Collection at #TheIvors - Paul Heaton.

His exceptional talent at observing and challenging society with a pop sensibility has resulted in his place as one of this country’s finest songwriters.


❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 @thecure’s @robertsmith and Simon Gallup - winners of The @prsformusic Icon Award at #theivors

Undeniably two of music’s most inspiring and influential songwriters. True cultural icons.

#robertsmith #thecure

And that’s a wrap! What a day 😍

Here are some of the best bits from the ceremony.


Fresh from winning this year’s @prsformusic Icon Award 🤩

@thecure’s Simon Gallup and @robertsmith 👏


A Fellowship is the highest honour that the Academy bestows, recognising excellence in the art and craft of music creation.

Joining a roster of songwriting greats we are delighted to present the Academy Fellowship to @itspetergabriel

#TheIvors #PeterGabriel

What winning an Ivor Novello Award for Best Album means to the wonderful Laura Mvula.



The Special International Award with @applemusic goes to @shakira 🌍✨

#TheIvors #Shakira

🏆 The @PRSforMusic Icon Award goes to @thecure’s @robertsmith & Simon Gallup

#TheIvors #RobertSmith #SimonGallup #TheCure

The Ivors Songwriter of the Year is @Santandave ✨🤩

#TheIvors #SantanDave #Dave

@yardmanflo and @littlesimz take home the Ivor for Best Contemporary Song with I Love You, I Hate You 🎼🎤

#TheIvors #Inflo #LittleSimz

Best Original Film Score is awarded to composer @_danielblumberg_ for The World To Come 📽️🎶

#TheIvors #DanielBlumberg

Scaling the heights of songwriting excellence, the recipient of Outstanding Song Collection goes to @paulheatonsolo 👏

#TheIvors #PaulHeaton

The Ivor for @PRSforMusic Most Performed Work goes to…

Bad Habits written by @fredagainagainagainagainagain, @jmd_snowpatrol l and @teddysphotos!

#TheIvors #FredAgain #JohnnyMcDaid #EdSheeran

What songwriting means to Ivor Novello Award winner @sam_fender


The award for Best Original Video Game Score goes to @richardjacquescomposer for Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy 🎼🕹️

#TheIvors #RichardJacques

✨ The Ivors Visionary Award goes to @cocteautwinsband ✨

#TheIvors #CocteauTwins

🌟 The Ivors Rising Star Award with @AppleMusic winner 🌟


#TheIvors #TheIvorsRisingStar #NaomiKimpenu

Latest Tweets View all

#TheIvorsComposerAwards nomination for Sound Art 🔊🎶

Waves Of Resistance (Radio Art Without Borders) Tonnta Friotaíochta (Ealaíne Raidió Gan Teorainneacha) by Magz Hall

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave, Coldplay and Raye up for Songwriter of the Year at Ivors - #IvorsAcademy @theivors @IvorsAcademy #theivors #TheIvorsComposerAwards https://t.co/J6IMMEQYeT

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave, Coldplay and Raye up for Songwriter of the Year at Ivors - #IvorsAcademy @theivors @IvorsAcademy #theivors #TheIvorsComposerAwards https://t.co/J6IMMEQYeT

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