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The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers. We campaign in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. So that BASCA 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.
Membership benefits include: Insurance, legal advice, sample contracts, discounts and access to seminars, masterclasses and networking opportunities. View full list of benefits

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, Florence Welch, Michael Nyman, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Sir Elton John, Imogen Heap, Coldplay, Howard Goodall, John Powell, The 1975, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kate Bush 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.

History

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.

Directors & Committees


BASCA has four genre specific Committees – Classical, Jazz, Media and Songwriter – who represent BASCA’s membership. The Committees are advisory groups that consist of Professional BASCA members who meet around six times a year to discuss issues that relate to their genre, and they therefore have a direct influence on the position that BASCA takes and the campaigns we launch.

Each committee nominates 2 representatives to sit on the BASCA Board, one of whom is the Chair of their Committee.

Meet the Board

Crispin Hunt (Chair of the Board)

Crispin Hunt (Chair of the Board)

Crispin Hunt is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and record producer. He has written or worked with or for Jake Bugg, Rihanna, Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Maverick Sabre, Newton Faulkner, Natalie Imbruglia, Bat For Lashes, Razorlight, Estelle, Rod Stewart and many others. He campaigns internationally advocating for Composers and Musicians Rights and is a Director of PPL, and ex Director of PRS. He sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office Advisory Panel and is a former CEO of the Featured Artist Coalition. He is the former lead singer of the 90's Britpop band Longpigs and previously worked in the House Of Commons as a Parliamentary Researcher and Campaign Coordinator. 4 kids one long suffering amazing wife. He lives in Bath and London.

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall

Orphy Robinson MBE

Orphy Robinson MBE

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is an electronic music composer. Her music captures a combination of raw sensitive sonic matter. Mostly from her own voice, electronically generated signals and often new and innovate electronic instruments. Her work is commissioned in the UK,Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, France, performances in the USA, Canada,Australia.She won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category.Nominated for a quartz award.She has performed alongside arts such Will Dutta Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble,Shiva Federeski, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. Music performed in Cafe Oto,QEH, Trafalgar Square,Tate Modern, Salon De Messian,Radio France Paris, Prix Ars Electronica, Kings Place London, New Federation Square Melbourne, MIT Boston Stanford University. Worked internationally INA GRM Paris, the Djerrasi studios, San Francisco and EMS Stockholm.Festivals:Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Elita Festival Milan, Norbert Festival, Radio France,Tempo Reale Italy, Tempora Festival

Marc Sylvan

Marc Sylvan

Dru Masters

Dru Masters

I am a composer for TV and film. Recently I won an RTS award for my score for Damilola, Our Loved Boy and I’ve written music for countless shows, including Silk, Capital and A Touch of Cloth. Oh, and The Apprentice, but not the bit that goes tum-te-tum-te-tum-te-tum-tum. I’ve been a songwriter and producer, signed to Warner Chappel and EMI Records, working with artists as diverse as George Michael and the Mediaeval Beabes. I studied classical music at the Purcell School, where I now teach occasional masterclasses, and played tenor sax with NYJO, which was quite a lot like being in the film Whiplash. I’m currently scoring a 12 part series for Netflix and producing an album for classical violinist, Min Kym. In my spare time I like to sit at the drums and pretend I’m Pharrell.

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

Born in 1956 in Sheffield. Formed the Human League in 1978. Formed Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation in 1980. As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide during a 40 year career to date. Heaven 17 and BEF continue to tour and thrive. Martyn founded Illustrious with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology. He lectures extensively worldwide, is Principal of Tileyard Education, and curates a large range of leading arts events. Martyn is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a voting member of BAFTA, an FRSA, and an Honorary DSc at UAL and is an ambassador for In Place Of War. Martyn is an international activist, helping to fight for the rights of creators and under-represented people in the UK and worldwide.

William Sweeney

William Sweeney

Born in Glasgow, educated at RSAMD and RAM. Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow.
Commissions have been from diverse organisations e.g. BBC, Paragon Ensemble, St Magnus Festival, Musica Nova, Capella Nova, Mayfest, the STUC, RSAMD, McNaughten Concerts, Theatre Cryptic and the Jim Henson Organisation.
Sonata for Cello and Piano won a BASCA/Radio 3 British Composer Award 2011. Recent works include “Eolas nan Ribheid" (The Wisdom of the Reeds), a BBCR3 commission for the BBCSSO, premiered and broadcast 2017/18. Current member of the Classical Committee and of the Board of BASCA, Chair of Finance and HR subcommittee.
Awards include: Creative Scotland Award 2004, British Composer Award 2011, BAFTA (Scotland) 1997.
Experience of Scottish Arts Council Music Committee, Board of Scottish International Education Trust, Member of Musicians Union Executive Committee 1989-2004, Chair of EC 2003, Chair of (sometimes turbulent) Glasgow Branch for 12 years.

Paul Hartnoll

Paul Hartnoll

30 years in the Band Orbital and counting.
various tv and film projects including :-
Event Horizon, the saint, Peaky Blinders series 2 , horizon , animal weapons , American ultra, XXX . pusher , tormented. Ads:-
Rolex , VW, range rover, evens/British heart foundation , amongst others.

Gary Carpenter

Gary Carpenter

Issie Barratt

Issie Barratt

Stephen McNeff

Stephen McNeff

Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine

Mark Ayres

Mark Ayres

Independent Director 1 (TBC)

Independent Director 1 (TBC)

Appointed by the Board

Independent Director 2 (TBC)

Independent Director 2 (TBC)

Appointed by the Board