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The Ivors is the annual awards ceremony when Ivor Novello Awards are presented to recognise and celebrate creative excellence by British and Irish songwriters and screen composers.

An Ivor is unique as it recognises outstanding writing and represents peer recognition with categories judged by award-winning songwriters and composers from across the Academy’s membership.

Commercially released songs, albums, feature film, television and video game scores that were released in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2022 are recognised in our competitive award categories.

Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in songwriting are recognised in our Gift of the Academy Awards.

Entries are accepted for the following category recognising the creative output of individual songwriters:

RISING STAR AWARD
This Ivor Novello Award honours young, British or Irish songwriting talent who demonstrate exceptional potential, ambition and have begun to capture the imagination of the music creator community.

Entries are accepted for the following categories recognising musical works commercially released in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2022:

BEST ALBUM
This Ivor Novello Award celebrates British or Irish written albums that demonstrate creative consistency and exceptional songwriting.

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG
This award celebrates outstanding originality in British or Irish written songs. Songs which explore the boundaries of contemporary music.

BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY
This award celebrates British or Irish written songs that demonstrate excellence in songwriting craft; melody, lyrics, harmony and structure.

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
This Ivor Novello Award celebrates outstanding British or Irish composed music that was specifically written for a feature film; music that enhances the visual content.

BEST ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SCORE
This award celebrates outstanding British or Irish composed music that was specifically written for a video game; music that enhances the visual content and gaming experience.

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK
This Ivor Novello Award celebrates outstanding British or Irish composed music that was specifically written for a televised broadcast; music that enhances the visual content.

There are specific entry requirements for each category and a limit on the number of works any one songwriter or screen composer can enter. As such please read the Rules in full before preparing a submission.

There is no administration fee to enter the Rising Star Award.

There is an administration fee of £120 (£100.00 + VAT) per entry for the remaining categories. Standard tier members of The Ivors Academy receive a 25% discount if they are the creator with a qualifying interest in the musical work. Professional tier members receive a 50% discount. To find out about joining The Ivors Academy visit our Membership page. Membership bursaries are offered by The Ivors Academy Trust should there be a financial barrier to joining the Academy.

Entries will open on Monday 5 December 2022 and close at 17:00 GMT on Friday 20th January 2023.

There are extensive FAQs to assist you with any queries regarding entry.

The Academy has published Award Access Guidelines to improve access to its awards and remove barriers to entry.

Have a question about The Ivors? Get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you: awards@ivorsacademy.com

Timetable

  • Entries open
  • Entries close at 5pm
  • 2023 nominees confidentially informed
  • 2023 Nominations Announced
  • Vote for the winner of Songwriter of the Year Opens
  • Vote for the winner of Songwriter of the Year Closes
  • The Ivors 2023

Official Rules and Guidelines for Entry 2023

The Ivors Rules and Guidelines 2023
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