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Formerly known as the BASCA Trust, The Ivors Academy Trust is an independent charity established in 2000.

The Trust aims to advance the education of the general public in music and associated subjects, by providing educational and training services about composition and songwriting, and by providing scholarships, awards or grants to talented, deserving persons who are in need of financial assistance.

Our work programme focuses on three areas: Talk, Teach and Transform.


We hold talks, discussions and events to share information about songwriting and composing. The highlight of our events calendar is the David Ferguson lecture which honours the late composer and creators’ rights campaigner, and focuses on the importance of creative intellectual property and the value and significance of music creators in society.


We fund and deliver education and training programmes about songwriting and composing, in order to develop the skills of music creators in the UK.

Aston Rudi, Writer Producer Fund grantee


We offer scholarships, bursaries and grants to music creators in hardship, in order to help them maximise opportunities and develop their craft. The Writer Producer Fund, which we launched with the PRS Foundation, bestows a grant of up to £10,000 to its recipient.

Visit Writer Producer Fund application site
Graham Davies Trustee
Graham Davies

Graham Davies is the CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), the professional association for the UK’s music creators and the home of the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards.

Nigel Beaham-Powell

Nigel Beaham-Powell is a songwriter and composer whose collaborative work with Bella Russell includes compositions for over 400 shows, adverts for VW and BT, and the title music for national TV shows such as Wogan, Saturday Night Clive and The Time, The Place.

Nigel is a Commercial Music lecturer at Bath Spa University. He was previously Deputy Chair of the Performing Rights Society (2005-2008). He was part of several organisations (BASCA, Copyright Reform Group) lobbying the UK Government on composer’s and songwriter’s rights.


Sarah Faulder, Trustee
Sarah Faulder

Sarah Faulder is Chief Executive and Director of the Publishers Licensing Society. She has extensive experience of copyright and of music business, publishing industry and related regulatory issues at both a local and international level.

Sarah was a partner for ten years at city law firm, Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing). She then worked in the music industry for 13 years, first as Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association before becoming Chargée de Mission at BIEM and CISAC, the Paris based international umbrella organisations for collecting societies, and latterly Public Affairs Director for PRS for Music.

Sarah is an SPCP accredited mediator and a member of the Civil Mediation Council.

Silvina Munich

Silvina Munich is Repertoires and Creators Relations Director, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the world’s leading network of authors’ societies.

Prior to joining CISAC, Silvina held leadership positions at PEMA Music and Disney and has worked in artist relations, production and copyright since 1990. Silvina holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Cordoba in her native Argentina, a post-graduate diploma in international economic relations and a master of advanced studies (DEA) in Cinema, Television and Audiovisual from the University of Paris – Sorbonne.

Sarah Rodgers

Sarah Rodgers is a composer and conductor and a direct descendant of the family of Henry Purcell.  Sarah has been Chai of the Composers Guild of Great Britain and a Director of the British Music Information Centre.  Sarah was a founding Director of BASCA, elected Chair in 2009 and held the post for four years. She has also served on the MCPS Board and on the Boards of the MCPS-PRS Alliance from 1995 to 2013.  She is currently on the Managing Committee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund.

In 2003, Sarah created the British Composer Awards, and was Artistic Director of the Awards for their first 11 years, establishing them as one of the most important annual events for UK composers.

Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner has a deep understanding of the music industry and leads the Music team at Coutts, Commercial Banking, which specialises in servicing the banking and funding needs of independent music businesses.

Richard joined Coutts over 40 years ago and has found his niche in the Media team, where he has been an established member for some 20 years. A highly experienced relationship banker, Richard clearly has a strong personal affinity and commitment to the sector. He has developed a reputation as being ‘the’ banker to the Indie music community, and has served on panels at MIDEM, participated in University studies on the subject of financing for the music industry and has lectured on financing IPR to post-graduates at Warwick University and to a professional audience gathered by AIM.


If you want to help champion music creators, please consider a donation to us. Your support will help deliver music education projects, provide assistance to songwriters and composers, and help everyone learn more about songwriting and composition.

The David Ferguson Legacy

David Ferguson (1953 – 2009) was one of Britain’s most successful television composers. His credits include Cracker, Rebus, Bravo Two Zero, and Auf Wiedersehen Pet. He served for six years as chairman of BASCA [now The Ivors Academy] and was awarded a Fellowship, our highest honour. David dedicated much of his life to campaigning about the rights of songwriters and composers. David left a portion of his estate to The Ivors Academy Trust [formerly the BASCA Trust] to support our education programmes.

Leave a Legacy

If music has enriched your life, or the life of someone you love, please consider leaving The Ivors Academy Trust in your will. Your bequest to us can be an effective way to reduce the total amount of tax liable on your estate. There are several types of legacy that you may wish to consider. Gifts can be a specified sum of money, a proportion of your residuary estate, or an item or asset. Your solicitor can advise you how to add The Ivors Academy Trust to your estate plans. If you have any questions or would like to discuss leaving a bequest to The Ivors Academy Trust, please do get in touch.

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