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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.

If membership isn’t for you, but you still wish to support our work on behalf of UK composers and songwriters, there are two main ways you can do this: make a one-off donation or leave a legacy to BASCA in your will. Information about both of these options can be found by clicking the links on this page.

Make a Donation

We’re very grateful that you’re considering making a donation in support of our work on behalf of UK composers and songwriters.

There are a number of ways to make a donation. You can contact head office on 020 7636 2929 and make a credit or debit card payment over the phone, or you can send a cheque to: BASCA, 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Online donations will be available shortly.

It doesn’t matter how much you give — every donation, no matter how big or small, will aid our work on behalf UK composers and songwriters.

Leave a Legacy to BASCA

BASCA is a single, powerful voice, actively campaigning for the rights of all composers, songwriters and lyricists.

We help to shape how today’s music is distributed, heard and paid for, getting the important debates started and ensuring that the music writers’ needs are at the heart of any changes.

Our work could not continue without the necessary backing: BASCA is an entirely self-funding, not-for-profit organisation and relies on the continuous support of our members and donors to carry on its work.

If you are already a member of BASCA, your annual membership fee is already invaluable to us and the work we carry out on your behalf. However, since you are visiting this page, you are probably considering how you could continue to support BASCA’s work in the future.

For many people, leaving a gift in their Will is a natural extension of their support for good causes during their lifetime, and leaving a legacy to BASCA will ensure that our vital work continues long into the future.

We realise that a decision such as this is a huge step, and one that requires a lot of thought. As such, we have produced a guide to Leaving a Legacy, which talks you through all the options and implications of remembering BASCA (or indeed any other organisation or charity) in your Will.

You will find the PDF guide below, along with a Codicil form which allows you to make amendments to an existing Will, and a Pledge Form with which you can inform BASCA of your intention to leave a legacy.

If you wish to talk to someone at BASCA regarding legacies, please email info@basca.org.uk or call 020 7636 2929- we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Become a Friend

Become a Friend of BASCA:

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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.