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The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting, through to media, contemporary classical and jazz. BASCA campaigns on the issues that affect all songwriters and composers: from legislation to safeguarding of revenue streams; from protection of collective management to action against piracy; from fairness of contracts to fighting coercive commissioning.

We talk to UK and EU politicians, civil servants and government agencies regularly to create a better environment in which music writers can flourish.

Our principal goal is to support and protect the professional interests of songwriters and composers of all genres. We work for fair copyright law, the best possible royalty returns, best practice within the industry and a wider recognition of the priceless contribution that music makes to our culture and society. Our work is vital, but we are entirely self-funding – we rely on the continuing support of our members, supporters and donors to carry on our work. If you are a composer or songwriter who wishes to support our work, the best thing you can do is join BASCA – add strength to our voice by becoming a member.


BASCA established the BASCA Trust in 2000. An independent charity with the aim of educating the public in music by providing:

1. A wide range of educational and training services in support of composers and songwriters at all stages of their career development, and to support and advise government departments, local education authorities, teacher training colleges and other appropriate agencies in relation to composition and songwriting related curriculum content at all levels of education;
2. Educational related information to the wider public on the needs and achievements of composers and songwriters and their contribution to the music industry and to society as a whole.
3. Scholarships, awards or grants to such persons and/or pupils who are talented, deserving and are in need of financial assistance by reason of their families’ financial circumstances or their own impecuniosity.

The trust fulfils these objectives by raising funds to deliver education programmes and provide financial support to songwriters and composers.

If you love music, please support us. Your donation will help us share your passion for music with others by running education projects and supporting songwriters and composers at all stages of their life.

Leave a Legacy to BASCA

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 and was awarded a Fellowship, BASCA’s highest honour. David dedicated much of his life to campaigning about the rights of songwriters and composers. He left a third of his estate to the BASCA Trust to support our education initiatives.

If music has enriched your life, or the life of someone you love, please consider leaving the BASCA 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 BASCA Trust to your estate plans. If you have any questions or would like to discuss leaving a bequest, please do get in touch with the BASCA Trust.

Become a Friend

Become a Friend of BASCA:

Open to any individual who is not a music writer but would like to support the important work we carry out on behalf of UK composers and songwriters. Please contact the Membership Team by emailing info@basca.org.uk or calling 020 7636 2929.