The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers.

BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

So that we may continue to do this, it is important that we can count the best songwriting and composing talent amongst our members.

Whilst we are well known for putting on the British Composer Awards, Gold Badge Awards and The Ivor Novello Awards every year, there is far more to us than these events.

We are the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.

We are entirely self-funding and rely on the continuing support of our members to carry on our work.

Our members include Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Michael Nyman, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Sir Elton John, Imogen Heap, Howard Goodall, John Powell, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kate Bush, Chris Martin and many more.

Aims & Objectives

  • To campaign as a leading force in the domestic, European and international political arenas.
  • To celebrate excellence through world-class awards ceremonies – The Ivor Novello Awards, the British Composer Awards and the Gold Badge Awards.
  • To inform our members in a constantly changing environment through our publications, websites and seminars.
  • To foster a sense of community amongst British songwriters, lyricists and composers.
  • To encourage the next generation of professional music writers.

Our Mission Statement

BASCA exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music.


The history of BASCA can be traced back 70 years.

The Composers Guild of Great Britain (CGGB) formed in 1944 to represent the interests of classical composers, including composers for film.

The British Songwriters Protection Guild of Great Britain was founded in 1947, later becoming the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain, then the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

In 1976, the Association of Professional Composers (APC) was founded to exclusively represent professional composers – predominately media composers.

In the mid-90s the three guilds began to work more closely together through the Alliance of Composer Organisations (ACO).

By 1999 the original three guilds had amalgamated to become the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

In 2009, the Academy re-branded as the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, having the acronym of BASCA once again.