BASCA exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music
BASCA has a Media Committee that consists of 12 working media composers representing your interests. The committee, voted for by BASCA members, acts as a point of contact for media composers and a place to share concerns and feel part of a community. The Chair of the Media Committee is Mark Ayres.
BASCA works hard to support media composers in the following ways:
- Organising professional seminars and tutorials on all aspects of media composition from Drama to Shiny Floor shows to Video Games
- Representing media composers at the highest level with the BBC, Musicians Union, PRS for Music, UK Music and the UK Government
- Direct canvassing for composer rights within streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music
- Offering template commissioning contracts and bespoke legal advice
- Representing media composers in Europe, at EU Commission level and with other writer organisations e.g. ECSA
- Partnerships with leading colleges and universities such as the Royal College of Music
- Participating in industry awards such as the Production Music Awards, and our very own Ivor Novello Awards
- Providing regular notice of media composer opportunities such as training, competitions or social events
- Building connections to music supervisors, publishers and sync departments at events like MIDEM
- Attending exclusive social events to share knowledge and experience
More info about the 12 composers on the Media Committee can be found below.
Mark Ayres (Chair)
I got my first big break in this industry in 1988, scoring “Doctor Who” for two years. I have written for feature films including “The Innocent Sleep” and horror/thriller “Scar Tissue”. As a sound designer, arranger, producer and performer I have credits on well over 100 CD releases. I have worked with artists as varied as Lesley Garrett, Martyn Ware and Paul Hartnoll. With a particular interest in electronic music, I’ve long been closely associated with the late, lamented BBC Radiophonic Workshop and have spent the past few years leading its new, independent incarnation, writing, recording, appearing on BBC 6 Music and playing concerts all over the British Isles and in Europe, including Glastonbury, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Atonal in Berlin, and the Royal Albert Hall. Upcoming feature film, “Possum”, features an all-new Radiophonic Workshop score in this, the Workshop’s 61st year (though I am younger!).
I’m a composer who lives in Nottingham and writes library music. In my ten years as a library writer, I’ve written for BMG, EMI, Universal, Reliable Source, Inspired Production Music, Standard Music and Audio Network. I’ve also written music for a couple of short films. Before becoming a full time library writer, I was a jobbing musician who played gigs, did a lot of education work and through the support of the Arts Council undertook a wide range of collaborations and solo commissions, within orchestral, choral, dance, percussive and jazz music. I co-founded and directed a Carnival arts company, Sambawamba and have been responsible for introducing thousands of people to Samba across the UK. I’ve been a community musician since 1993 and until recently continued to maintain an active presence as a music practitioner in Early Years music and music for SEN.
Nainita Desai is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT and recent winner of the Music+Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score. Her career began as a sound designer on feature films for B. Bertolluci and W.Herzog and engineering for Peter Gabriel. Her musical foundations are rooted in scoring for docs for the BBC, C4, ITV, C5, and BBC NHU, many of which have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY awards. Current projects include Bafta TV 2018 Nominees Raped: My Story and Catching A Killer (C4) Notable recent commissions include the features The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Darkness Visible (BFI), WW2 drama Ni’ihau, interactive video game Telling Lies for Annapurna (Phantom Thread, Zero Dark Thirty) performed by the LCO, landmark series Rituals (BBC NHU), Earth’s Natural Wonders (BBC1), 5 Years in Love And War (C4), The Life After (BBC / Irish Film Board) and feature Untamed Romania performed by the BBC National Orchestra.
Paul Farrer is TV Composer. His successes include The Weakest Link, The Chase, Dancing On Ice, Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Genius, Judge Rinder, The Antiques Roadshow Holocaust Memorial Special and The Royal Variety Performance 2012-present. He has been working as a TV and Media composer for 30 years and while he clearly wrote this bit himself he also recognises the convention that it has to be written in the third person. Probably because he doesn't like to big himself up. Because he's British and we don't do that sort of thing very well, so much better to give the impression that a manager or underling wrote this on his behalf. But they didn't. He did it himself like the shameless media tart he is.
I am an award-winning composer based in Belfast who founded and now runs a company, 'Score Draw Music', of 4 composers working on songs, score and titles music for screen. My work in media composition encompasses film score, television and advertising. I have co-composed over 300 episodes of animation for children's television including writing songs subsequently sung by Dolly Parton for inclusion in the Nickelodeon Jr pre-school series 'Lily's Driftwood Bay'. My current slate of work in children's television includes shows for Disney, Amazon Prime and PBS. My work spans 15 years and many thousands of cues-from network BBC1 docu-drama, to tracks for some of the world's largest brands, as well as ongoing work for SVODs including most recently a commission with Netflix to work on their first ever global game show. Awards include the 2017 Royal Television Society NI award for composition for media.
Classically trained from a young age, Richard Jacques is a multiple award-winning, BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award nominated composer for film, television and video games. Best known for his critically acclaimed orchestral scores for blockbuster franchises such as JAMES BOND 007: BLOOD STONE, MASS EFFECT, LITTLE BIG PLANET 2, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, STARSHIP TROOPERS, HEADHUNTER, Jacques’ dramatic music can also be heard in numerous premier TV and movie theatre campaigns for brands such as AUDI, BACARDI, MERCEDES-BENZ and STELLA ARTOIS. His music for television includes top brand shows for the BBC, ITV, and CHANNEL 4. He is a Fellow of Wells Cathedral School, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex for services to Music and Media. Earlier this year he also received the Game Audio Network Guild Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Game Developers Conference. He is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency in Burbank, California.
Rob Lord is one of the UK’s most experienced composers and commissioned songwriter-lyricists working in film, television, advertising, online and games. After a spell playing for bands like Dodgy, The Primitives, Paul Oakenfold, Voice Of The Beehive, Candyskins and Connells as well has his own music signed to EMI and Rough Trade Rob spent five years as audio director of games company Perfect Entertainment then went on to score games for Disney, Sony, Eidos and Codemasters among others. He moved into advertising working with clients such as Coca-cola, MG Cars and Braun then into film with scores for features like Slipstream starring Sean Astin, and Apartment 12 starring Mark Ruffalo. His television work includes drama, documentaries, factual, comedy, animation and children's programming and he has also scored online drama and films for monetised channels such as YouTube Red giving him wide experience of the industry as a whole.
My music fronts some of the most popular shows on UK TV today: BBC News, The One Show, Countryfile and Grand Designs. Internationally I've created brand identities for Bloomberg TV , Euronews , CCTV China, NDTV India and Al Arabya Dubai. My advertising work includes Santander Bank, British Airways and Barclays. I arranged and produced the current BBC Panorama music, and Chariots of Fire for the London 2012 Olympics. Outside Television I've had three albums released by labels. "Dreamcatcher", (Island / Mango) "What Is In Between?" (Oval Records) and "I Find You Very Attractive" (V2,under the project name "Touch and Go") The latter included my single "Would You...?", reaching number 3 in the UK Charts, and a hit internationally. The follow up 'Straight...to Number One', launched iTunes in the USA I'm a member of BAFTA and have two honorary doctorates from Stafford and Birmigham City Universities.
Multi ASCAP award winning producer Dan McGrath, originally trained as a TV sound engineer, in ’92, he joined C4's, ‘The Big Breakfast’, writing music for, and appearing on the show. During the 90's, Dan produced Chris Evans’ Breakfast show on Radio 1FM and Virgin Radio, including writing / producing the imaging for Evans' shows. Working with Josh Phillips since 2003, the pair have consistently written for a wealth of TV productions: Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Carr Chatty Man, Take Me Out, Shooting Stars, A League Of Their Own, Lloyd Webber’s: Maria, Joseph, Oliver, Dorothy, Cheap Cheap Cheap & Jonathan Ross. Dan has also recently taken on the role of Creative director for Production music company No Sheet Music (www.nosheetmusic.tv)
Classically-trained and initially signed to A&M and to Elektra Records, I am now predominantly active in television, film and commercials. Recently I have been developing stage projects, songwriting and composing concert works so like to think I have an interest in a broad range of composer activity.
Marc Sylvan has forged an outstanding reputation as a composer and sound designer and is in high demand for television, commercials, film and video game projects. His many credits include the BAFTA award winning global phenomenon The Million Pound Drop, the hit shows Pointless, Total Wipeout, Tipping Point, All Together Now and The Crystal Maze as well as an array of video game titles such as Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Family Game Night and Virtua Tennis. Marc is published by Faber Music, joining a team of esteemed composers including Evelyn Glennie, Carl Davis and Howard Goodall amongst others. He has also served on the Board and the Media Committee of The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors as well as the CAG committee. For examples of his work in action, please visit www.marcsylvanmusic.co.uk.
Tess is an award-winning composer for film and video games. Her most recent projects have been with the game development company, Traveller's Tales for the LEGO® franchise. Her music has featured in the incredible successful AAA titles, LEGO® Marvel Avengers, LEGO® Worlds and Oculus Rift game, Dead and Buried. Tess has also worked with the songwriter and musical innovator Imogen Heap. Together they developed a project entitled The Life of A Song and as a result Tess composed, performed and produced on the highly successful single, Marble. Alongside composing for video games, with support of the PRS foundation - Women Make Music fund, Tess is now working on a live re-score of the Soviet silent film classic, Man With a Movie Camera. Tess is also developing her debut jazz/electronica album under the alias, Plink.