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The overriding criteria for Ivor Novello Award consideration is that the songwriter or composer is a British or Irish national. For some categories residency also counts and in these instances you need to have been ordinarily resident in the UK during the entire award year. This is because a founding principal of the award was […]

The Academy presents a second awards ceremony, The Ivors Composer Awards, where Ivor Novello Awards celebrate classical music, jazz composition and sound art. Entries for this ceremony open in May. To ensure your music receives appropriate peer review please wait and enter your music into this ceremony instead.

The Ivors is when Ivor Novello Awards are presented to celebrate British and Irish written songs and original music composed for feature films, video games and television broadcasts.

Membership of the Academy works on an annual basis. You can pay your annual membership fee over instalments but there will always be an annual renewal date when your membership will either automatically renew or you will need to pay for another year’s membership, depending on the option you have chosen. You will be notified 14 […]

Joint membership is available for Direct Debit and Stripe Credit Card payments but excludes PRS for Music membership payments. Joint membership is not available in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Under 25 memberships are excluded from the joint membership offer. Joint membership is only available on renewal of your current IA membership or […]

An Ivor Novello Award is an award which recognises creative excellence in contemporary songwriting and composition. At its core is the principal of peer recognition as award categories are decided by music creators working in the particular award category’s field. First presented in 1956 an Ivor Novello Award is named in honour of Ivor Novello, […]

The Rising Star Award is an Ivor Novello Award category introduced to The Ivors 2020. The Rising Star Award honours young British or Irish songwriting talent who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition. In addition to receiving an Ivor Novello Award at the awards ceremony, the nominees also receive mentorship from an Ivors Academy member.

Your membership starts from the date we receive your first payment contribution. If you choose to pay your membership by PayPal, then we will receive your payment immediately, and you will receive a welcome email with your membership number then. If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, it will be a while longer before […]

Alongside the funds, Copydan provides The Ivors Academy with a breakdown of royalties due to rightsholders; sometimes this information specifies for which work/s, sometimes only the rightsholder. We cross-reference this information against various databases – primarily our own membership database and PRS for Music’s database – as well as wider desk research if required to […]

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Depending on how you manage your own accounting and tax returns, you may need to raise an invoice to account for the income you’ve received for your Copydan royalties. In the first instance, please contact your accountant for advice on this if you have one. If you need to raise an invoice for VAT purposes, […]

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In March 2019, Copydan transferred funds to The Ivors Academy for royalties due from the years 2015 through to 2018. The Ivors Academy will begin distributing these funds to rightsholders in June 2019. Our first payment date will be Monday 24th June 2019. Provided we have all of your bank and tax residency information at […]

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Because the agreement we have entered into with Copydan is new and unprecedented, royalties for years prior to 2014 which were due to UK rightsholders have been absorbed by Copydan into its own funds which are invested in activity to serve the general best interest of music creators in Denmark.

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It is the Academy’s responsibility to take all reasonable endeavours to contact the rightsholders who are due royalties payments in order to ensure their royalties are paid to them. We report details of these efforts back to Copydan; if after three years we are unable to contact the recipients then funds due to them become […]

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The Ivors Academy applies an administration fee to all the Copydan royalties payments it makes to rightsholders. For rightsholders who are not members of The Ivors Academy, this administration fee is 10%. For rightsholders who are members of The Ivors Academy, this administration fee is reduced to 8%. The Ivors Academy charges an administration fee […]

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Royalties are due to songwriters and composers whose works have been reproduced in Denmark by educational and religious establishments since 2015. Copydan supply the Academy with this information alongside the funds based on their own methods of measuring and allocating royalties to rightsholders. These rightsholders may or may not be members of The Ivors Academy, […]

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Copydan Writing is a collective management organisation in Denmark which collects revenues for the reproduction (photocopying) of text and sheet music from Danish educational and religious establishments. As this right does not exist in UK law, the UK collection societies are unable to distribute this income. BASCA, trading as The Ivors Academy, is not a […]

On our Contact Us page, you’ll find all the information to contact The Ivors Academy by phone, email or post. If you have questions about joining please contact our membership team: membership@ivorsacademy.com

The Ivors Academy office is at 1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DE.

The Ivors Academy of Music Creators is the trading name of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). We are the independent trade body for songwriters and composers in the UK.

Our latest campaigns can always be found on our Current Campaigns page. Our campaigns relate to international IP law, digital technology, royalties payments, commissioning practices and more.

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