In 2003, The Ivors Academy (then known as BASCA) first created the British Composer Awards, to bring contemporary music, jazz and sonic art to a wider audience through a peer-recognition awards event. Together with our sponsor, PRS for Music, and in association with BBC Radio 3, for over fifteen years we have continued to celebrate exceptional creative talent in these genres and to promote the art of composition.
In 2019, alongside the Academy’s rebrand, the British Composer Awards have become The Ivors Composer Awards. An Ivor Novello Award is the most prestigious peer-recognition award in songwriting and composition, and these awards for craft in classical, jazz, contemporary and sound art are no exception.
There are twelve nominated categories recognising works which received their UK premiere performance during the award year. Since 2016, the Awards also honour composers with categories recognising their contribution to UK music. These awards are in the gift of The Academy.