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Directors & Executive Committees

BASCA has four genre specific Executive Committees who represent each of BASCA’s four genres of membership. The Executive Committees are advisory groups that consist of Professional BASCA members who meet six times a year to discuss issues that directly 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 representatives to sit on the BASCA Board.

To find out more about each of the current directors and the four committees, please click on the thumbnails below.

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Meet the Board:

Crispin Hunt - Chair

Crispin Hunt - Chair

Songwriter Executive Committee

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 representing Musicians Rights and is a Director of PRS and PPL. 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.

Mira Calix

Mira Calix

I compose for classical instrumentation, but also for electronics. I have works performed in a classical context, but also at festivals and more experimental music events, incorporating, dance, film, video and theatre. In recent years I have focused more on installation works. My work and experience perhaps don’t conform to the CEC but I have been made to feel most welcome. I know there to be many other composers like myself, who work across mediums and genres and it’s important for those of us who don’t quite fit in a box, to have a voice in this forum. I have been nominated for a British Composers award twice, won once and also received an Award Of Distinction from Ars Electronica.

www.miracalix.com

facebook/ twitter: @miracalix

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall

Songwriter Executive Committee

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and columnist. Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Since then she’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez and Big Daddy Wilson, collaborating with award-winning writers such as Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood).

In 2007, Helienne also started writing about music as a columnist for the Guardian, and has since appeared regularly on Sky News, the BBC and Swedish National Radio. She remains active as a professional musician and songwriter.

Issie Barratt

Issie Barratt

Jazz Executive Committee

Issie is an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor, baritone player, record producer and educator who has performed at many leading concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals across the world.

Issie is the founding Chair of BASCA’s Jazz Executive and a Director of BASCA’s board, founding Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Collective, Executive Director of Fuzzy Moon Records, external examiner for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was the founding Head of jazz at TrinityLaban. In 2012 Issie was short listed for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists and in 2014 received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education.

“A remarkable composer, conductor, arranger and baritone sax player.” Mo-Jo Magazine

“Highly original writing, not lending itself to helpful comparisons.” Jazz Uk

“Barratt has complete mastery of the orchestra” The Guardian

“The orchestration is simply breathtaking” The Observer

www.issiebarratt.com.

Twitter:@issiebarratt

www.fuzzymoonrecords.co.uk

Facebook Musician/Band: Issie Barratt

Marc Sylvan

Marc Sylvan

Media Executive Committee

Marc Sylvan is one of the UK’s most prolific media composers whose work includes the BAFTA award winning global phenomenon ‘The Million Pound Drop’ as well as the hugely popular television shows ‘Pointless’, ‘Total Wipeout’ and the new ‘Fifteen To One’. Marc has also composed music for a multitude of video games including ‘Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing’ and ‘Virtua Tennis’ as well as for a variety of commercials, films and digital media.

Gary Osborne

Gary Osborne

Songwriter Executive Committee

Gary followed his father, Musical Director Tony Osborne into the business at 15. They are the only father and son to have both won Ivors.

By 19 Gary was a staff A&R man at RCA while hosting a show on the BBC World Service. As a session singer and booker he worked on dozens on hit singles and hundreds of Jingles before contributing lyrics and BV’s to 5 Elton John albums. Songs written with Elton include Blue Eyes, Part Time Love and (US million seller) Little Jeannie.

He wrote the original lyrics for Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds' which has sold over 15 million copies and filled arenas all over Britain with 5 Nationwide tours.

Other hits include Amoureuse by Kiki Dee, Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward and Checkin' It Out, a top 3 hit for Lil' Chris in 2006.

Gary chairs The BASCA Songwriters Executive Committee and The IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS Committee.

See Gary's Wikipedia page

Gary Carpenter

Gary Carpenter

Classical Executive Committee

Gary studied composition at the RCM with John Lambert. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written operas, musicals, ballets, a radio music-drama - The One Alone with Iris Murdoch and much concert music. Musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many stage shows and films (including The Wicker Man [1972]), he received a 2006 British Composer Award (chamber category). A portrait CD - Die Flimmerkiste is available on NMC. Recent works include The Listening Project Symphony (Radio 4, Prix Europa 2013 nominee), Fred and Ginger (LSO, Daniel Harding), SET (Iain Ballamy (tenor sax), BBCPO, HK Gruber], The Food Of Love – twelve Shakespeare songs commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Dadaville (BBCSO, Sakari Oramo) for The First Night of the 2015 Proms.

Gary is Professor of Composition at the RNCM, Manchester and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (HonRAM) in 2013.

View Gary's soundcloud

Mark Ayres

Mark Ayres

Media Executive Committee

Mark watched Doctor Who as a teenager and thought “I'd like to do that” so took a joint Honours in Music and Electronics at Keele University. He provided scores for the final years of “classic” Doctor Who and contributed additional music to Top of the Pops and Casualty. Films include The Innocent Sleep and Scar Tissue; his sound design shows up in the unlikeliest of places (such as the opening titles of Madonna's W.E.). He is archivist for the late, lamented BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the driving force behind their recent revival on the festival circuit.

Tim Fraser

Tim Fraser

Songwriter Executive Committee

I’m a songwriter (music and lyrics) (Tina Turner, Lulu, Louise Setara, Billy Myers, Tammy Weis, Polaroid, Steve Brookstein, Joana Zimmer, Yvonne Catterfeld and many more) and a producer.

I play guitar, bass and ball-point pen.

As well as writing and producing I am also a guest lecturer in copyright, music business, and songwriting at The London School of Music, The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey and at Metropolis Studios (London)

As a board director of BASCA and Deputy Chair of the Songwriters’ Executive I am aware that we have a duty to fight the digital Goliaths who do not respect us or wish us well. As the battle continues BASCA must also continue to be a community of support as well as a platform for campaigning.

Members first and foremost.

www.tim-fraser.co.uk/

William Sweeney

William Sweeney

Born in Glasgow and educated at RSAMD and then at the RAM. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow.

As a composer, commissions have been from such diverse organisations as the BBC, Paragon Ensemble, St Magnus Festival, Musica Nova, Capella Nova, Mayfest, the STUC, RSAMD, McNaughten Concerts, Theatre Cryptic and the Jim Henson Organisation.

His Sonata for Cello and Piano won a BASCA/Radio 3 British Composer Award 2011. Recent works include “These Lands, This Wall”, for the Lammermuir Festival 2012 and “Absence”, for Wind, Strings and Percussion (2014).

He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Musicians Union from 1989 to 2004, acting as Chair of the EC in 2003.