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Academy

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.

The Ivors Academy office is at The Ministry, 79 Borough Road, London SE1 1DN.

Membership

Membership of The Ivors Academy is exclusively for music creators. To be eligible for membership, you must be a member of PRS for Music or another recognised music collecting society, or have comparable grand rights income or appropriate qualifications as deemed by our Board from time to time.

Standard Membership is for songwriters and composers who are standard members (previously called provisional members) of PRS for Music or another PRO. Whether established in your career or just beginning, if you are ambitious about developing your craft and passionate about the rights of music creators, join us.

Academy Membership is for songwriters and composers who are recognised by their peers as exceptionally talented, and who have experienced consistent commercial success over at least three years. To be eligible for Academy Membership you must be a voting member (previously called full or associate membership) of PRS for Music or another PRO.

Standard Membership costs £92 per year. Academy Membership costs £166 per year. For those aged 24 or younger, we have an Under 25 discounted Standard Membership, costing £50 per year.

Membership, whether Standard or Academy, needs to be renewed annually.

We offer discounted Standard Membership for applicants aged 24 or younger; our Under 25 Standard Membership costs £50 per year.

Awards

The Ivors are our annual awards celebrating excellence in songwriting and screen composition. Founded in 1956, they are named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, and represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition in the music industry.

Central to what makes them so special, The Ivors are a peer-recognition award at heart. Our nominated entry award categories are judged by panels of music creators, with the exception of PRS for Music Most Performed Work which is a statistical category based on data held by our sponsor, PRS for Music. Our gift of the Academy awards are chosen by The Ivors Committee, a sub-committee of The Ivors Academy Board, which is exclusively populated by music creators.

The Ivors Composer Awards are our annual awards celebrating the art of composition, recognising the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bringing their music to a wider audience. They are unique in making contemporary music, jazz and sonic art the focus of their annual celebration. Founded in 2003, The Ivors Composer Awards were known as the British Composer Awards until 2019.

Central to what makes them so special, The Ivors Composer Awards are a peer-recognition award at heart. Our nominated entry award categories are judged by panels of music creators and practitioners. Our gift of the Academy awards are chosen by The Ivors Composer Awards Committee, a sub-committee of The Ivors Academy Board, which is exclusively populated by composers.

Campaigning

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.

Events

The Gold Badge was created by BASCA in 1974. It acknowledges a unique contribution to the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or support creativity in all its musical forms. Because success is rarely a solo achievement; we are often inspired by those who came before us, championed by broadcasters or commissioners, supported by managers, publishers or producers.

Academy Members of The Ivors Academy can nominate recipients for recognition. An Ivors Academy Gold Badge recognises outstanding individuals who have supported and inspired the UK songwriting and composing community.

Contact

On our Contact Us page, you’ll find all the information to contact The Ivors Academy by phone, email or post.

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