2018 Board and Committee Elections: Candidates
See below for the list of candidates in the 2018 BASCA Board and Committee Elections. Click on the photos to read supporters, biographies and election statements.
Directly Elected Board Candidates
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Marcus Vere Biography 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. Statement I believe in fighting for the rights of individual songwriters as opposed to rights holders. I believe that the current state of affairs, particularly with regard to streaming platforms, is iniquitous and heavily favours the established rights-holding organisations, which, in many cases have been offered commercial incentives (including but not restricted to equity in the streaming companies themselves) which actively work against the best interests of artists signed to labels and publishers. I will fight to help lobby against the accreted self-interest of these organisations, and for artists, and find a positive and profitable way forward nationally and internationally, particularly to ensure the future viability of establishing a long-term career as a fully-compensated creator. In particular, my heart bleeds for the vast majority of young, talented artists, many of which are constantly struggling to make a living from their craft, despite, in many cases, being highly motivated and trained. I will fight to create the best conditions for artists to use their talent to create wealth for themselves and therefore increasing revenue for the UK public purse. I will use my contacts in Parliament to lobby on behalf of BASCA I will use my extensive international contacts to help BASCA members in their quest for better opportunities. My socialist beliefs will inform my efforts to better the lot of songwriters, and to ensure we can look forward to a brighter and more optimistic future in the music business that we all love and cherish so much.
Supporters: Rab Noakes, Crispin Hunt, Gary Carpenter Biography 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. Statement I have been a strong advocate of BASCA's reformed governance: this was absolutely necessary for us to cope with the demands of the 21st century, building on all that was best about the contributions of so many officers and lay members in the past. I believe that BASCA, while taking clear, principled positions which truly represent creators' values and needs, has to develop its existing work in partnership with other organisations in the music business in order to maximise the impact of our advocacy. I also applaud the way in which our various Awards have been renewed: building on our credibility and developing how the diversity of nominations and awards can truly reflect the depth and breadth of creativity in the UK. I believe that I have the life experiences to continue to perform a useful function on the Board and am excited at the prospect of helping to ensure that our new governance develops in the interests of all members over the next few years, but if elected I will serve only one term: new, and younger voices will be needed to take us further into the future.
Supporters: Imogen Heap, Mark Ayres, Kevin Sargent Biography Canadian born Richard Lightman is a composer, songwriter, producer, sound designer and academic. He has composed for a myriad of artists, films, television series, news and current affairs programs, TV and radio commercials, and provided interactive audio-based media for the Inflight Entertainment industry. He has also contributed to the creation of special sound effects for a number of Hollywood films. Richard has produced over 50 albums covering a wide spectrum of music including Heavy Metal, Reggae, Bhangra, New Age, Jazz, Pop and Garage and has been a recording studio owner, label owner, publisher, and session musician. Richard is a member of the Copyright Committee of UK Music, the umbrella organisation of the Music Industries, sits on the Council of Music Makers and is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Music Producers Guild. He is a member of the MU, MPG, PRS, PPL, FAC and most importantly, BASCA. Statement Richard Lightman As a film and media composer, songwriter, sound designer, record producer, session musician, label owner, publisher, academic and former CEO of the Music Producers Guild, I have had what is generally referred to as a portfolio career. This gives me a broad view of the dynamics within the music industry and how copyright is key to the continuance of the whole industry. It is my core belief, that without a good song; artists, record companies, broadcasters and theatres would not be the institutions and cultural contributors that they are. Without new and exciting compositions, orchestras would only be playing classics, jazz musicians would tire of standards and film, television and advertising would not have the same impact on the viewing public. Revenues for authors and composers are being eroded by legacy methods of royalty distribution along with consumer expectations of free or cheap access to viewing and streaming platforms. The value gap that now exists between the creators’ contributions and revenues provided by digital platforms has created a scenario that will not provide sustainable incomes for a majority of creators going forward. It is clear that music creation, as well as being recognised, must be remunerated fairly to protect the future. Revenues must not be eroded as they have been. My knowledge of the industry can help to build BASCA into a more powerful voice, protecting the interests of our members in this fast-paced, evolving and ever-changing digital landscape.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Roger Greenaway, Roger Dexter Biography Passionate about the value of music, always seeking ways to maximise reward for its use. Experienced with major and independent publishers; gave copyright seminars to young musicians and songwriters and retains political contacts. Awarded OBE in QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS for SERVICES TO MUSIC PUBLISHING, conferred with HONORARY DOCTORATE OF MUSIC by Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge. Previously: Director and Deputy Chairman: PRS Chairman (for two terms): PRS PRS committees including Audit, Membership/Copyright, Distribution, International and Broadcasting BBC TV, BBC Radio, BBC Breakfast/BBC Parliament/Radio 4/BBC News/ Radio 1 Xtra/Smile Jamaica TV/ Various press Current: CEO SUPREME SONGS LIMITED TRUSTEE CHAIR SMALL GREEN SHOOTS BACKGROUND Feldman’s Music/EMI as copyist/arranger, transcribing Queen for piano. International Manager. Left to form E&S MUSIC with SIMON COWELL and formed SUPREME SONGS. Pro-actively promoted diversity at PRS, introduced Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. SMALL GREEN SHOOTS, registered charity receiving ARTS COUNCIL funding, encourages young people in music industry. Statement Throughout my PRS Chairmanship, I consistently raised the fact that without songwriters and composers there would be no music for anyone to listen to. Voices of songwriters’ and composers’ have not been heard loudly enough nor sufficiently valued in the media and corridors of power. I want to do everything I can to lobby politicos and other influencers to recognise and appreciate the value of songwriters and composers, to the fabric of our society. I retain many political contacts across parliament and would relish the opportunity to help lobby for long overdue and sincere recognition of the value of music to culture and life itself! There is just no time like the present to keep pushing the “value of music” message. Although writer royalties are now measured in fractions of pennies per stream, download or narrow-casted videos, the true position is that more music than ever is being listened to but total income has not increased by the same proportion. I believe that not just the music but the voice of BASCA needs to be louder! We are already hearing not so quiet whispers about the production of music created by artificial intelligence – I think we can all guess what it might sound like! When PRS Chairman, I quoted the late Sir Edward Heath in a PRS AGM handbook – “A day without music is like a day without life” –perhaps it’s time to remind everyone that still holds true. ELLIS S RICH OBE Hon DMus
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Peter Gregson Biography 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. Statement I have thought long and hard about whether I should run for the BASCA Board, while also running for the Board of PRS. In the wake of the recent debacle with PRS overpayments and subsequent clawbacks, which caused enormous stress and uncertainty for many of our members, and the constant threat of the erosion of those royalties by new, online broadcasters, I feel I can’t stand by and not get involved. I care passionately about the future of my industry and the right of every songwriter and composer to be paid fairly for their creativity. Never in the last 50 years has that been more under threat than at this present moment and BASCA is the only organisation we have to represent us. I want to see BASCA evolve into a far stronger and much more vocal organisation that has the teeth to take the fight wherever it’s needed. As writers, we can’t be expected to turn down work when the deal being offered is bad, we need BASCA to stand up for us and fight for our rights. There is strength in numbers and we need to start using it.
Supporters: Mark Ayres, Crispin Hunt Biography 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 Election Statement Now is the right time to be on the board of BASCA. There are a lot of changes happening in music at the moment which I feel musicians should be visible for and have agency in.I feel I can make a positive contribution to this board.I am composer and performer of avant sound.I compose music which is developed on the intersection of composition, live performance and new technologies. My work is available digitally and on vinyl through underground labels and more labels such as Naxos and NMC recordings. I have my own small label which releases avant electronic music. I have a Phd in electro acoustic composition from City University. I won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica in 2012. Currently I sit on the board of Sound and Music and have sat on the steering committee of the British Music Collection.I have a life long commitment to addressing the visibility of women in music.I work and live in North London
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Mark Ayres Biography 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. Election Statement I’ve had a good 3 years on the Media Committee, but I’am now moving focus back to my own music in orbital again. I’ve had the last year on the board and found focusing on the bigger picture of the problems and issues of the music business to be a better fit for me. We’re going through some major changes in both how people listen to music and how we get paid for it. I don’t know it all, for me being on the board of BASCA is as much a learning curve as anything else. But I want to use this position to help steer this industry in the right direction, using my experience of the current musical landscape. I want to see us all getting fair pay and help prevent our publishing and performing rights being eroded, while this new model sets itself up for the foreseeable future. This is what I want to help BASCA achieve. I don’t want to see a return to old ways, we’ve moved on. I for one embrace the place we are now, in many ways it fantastic. Our music lives on more than ever in this digital age where everything is available at all times, because of this our rights are especially important to us at this time. After all who doesn’t want the entire history of recorded music in their pocket? I do, I just don’t want to be out of pocket in the process.
Supporters: Mark Ayers, Rupert Hine Biography Crispin Hunt is the current Chair of BASCA. He 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 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. 4 kids one long suffering amazing wife. He lives in Bath and London. Statement BASCA can be a global voice for music. An informed, active, united writer community enables us to achieve more. We need guidance to navigate complex emerging environments. BASCA can lead the fight for fair value against those who’d rather content be free. BASCA can influence legislation and ensure we benefit from new technologies, building opportunity through influential campaigns, lobbying and improved education and services. BASCA must develop strategies tacking issues for every genre by building a capable, engaged and agile organisation that supports our vision. BASCA’s updated governance was the foundation: we now have purposeful governance, united good people and powerful momentum. Music can’t use past models because those models don’t exist anymore. A yawning chasm is emerging between the lucky 1% that surface online and the 99% that don’t. If we consider that the headliners of 2017 festivals were my age, its clear the current model is somehow failing the future. For many of us, there’s a disconnect between our reality and perceived industry reality. That divide risks severing the link between music and its audience, driving business elsewhere. We who feel we are losing connection or control are not alone; No, we are part of a movement. The status quo only remains because it is unchallenged. BASCA can challenge it and help draft a new architecture for music, just as writers are the architects of music itself, one that empowers us and ensures a sustainable, diverse and healthy future for all Music. That journey has only just begun.
Songwriter Committee Candidates
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Helienne Lindvall Statement “Following a career as a record producer, songwriter & artist that spans more than 40 years and 120+ albums, Rupert Hine has evolved into a champion of the Arts”. Not from figurative chairmanship roles - but from diving into a world where the excitement of technological disruption meets the responsibilities of human rights. As my involvement with the IMA back in the early 80s helped ensure the birthing of the universal language-code MIDI… so my new company with Technologist Alan Graham is currently birthing the world’s first micro-licensing engine for User-Generated Content; OCL - a universal language between Rights-Owners and Rights-Users. An idea formed whilst I attended the Creators Rights Forum in Washington instigated by CISAC & BASCA. My ongoing political involvement in Europe / UK is aimed squarely at equalising the imbalance between the digital artists / songwriters communities - and the technological disruptors - who remain resolutely unaccountable. I am also keen to ensure that BASCA is recognised as being the foremost global voice for all Songwriters, Composers and Authors regardless of genre. We may directly represent British musicians but our powerful position indirectly speaks to the world. To rise to that challenge and maintain that position will require dedication to the task, wisdom and clarity in the face of huge investment from companies that would rather see our role as merely ‘advisory’ as opposed to targeted and effective. I am dedicated to the need for representation at the highest level for songwriters, composers and authors.
Supporters: Iain Archer, Paul Hartnoll Biography Tom fell off a piano at the age of 3, leaving a cut above his left eye. Undaunted by this disastrous start, he’s spent his subsequent life committed to music-making. Now with over 20 years of composition behind him, a devotion to making music with character remains. As does the scar. A founding member of Gomez, a band who made a trademark out of their eclecticism, they won the Mercury Prize in 1998 and then went on to become a major live act in USA touring there consistently until the band rested in 2012. Tom took to scoring: a major children’s series for the BBC, several short films, documentaries and recently completed his first feature. He has worked extensively in musical development for theatre. He is never happier than when he is faced by a new challenge. Tom admits, “I’m still looking for pianos to fall off.” Statement I'm no particular type of songwriter. It feels like I've been asked for nearly every type of song imaginable. The few I wasn't asked for, I probably volunteered. The reason why I think this is important, is because I've had to deal with everyone who wants songs: publishers; record companies; music supervisors; film directors; theatre producers; synchronisation agencies; advertising executives. I've met these people both as artist and as writer-for-hire. Though I may not have come across every eventuality, I know most of what faces a songwriter. As a young man, I studied Politics, working occasionally for politicians. It was my chosen career path until music showed me otherwise. I forewent a life in politics for a record contract in my twenties. I've never regretted that choice, but I've always found it's in my nature to try to be an advocate. Music has given me an amazing career, but it has also let me see the hardships and pitfalls that need addressing: where that advocacy might be most needed. I hope I can offer good guidance and clear thinking to the Songwriter Committee. I'm unafraid of industry executives and I'm comfortable with politicians and the nitty-gritty of policy-making. I believe sound, pragmatic arguments can be made and paths can be found which do not leave songwriters so undervalued or, moreover, underpaid. I'd like to help young songwriters develop, offer guidance to my peers and make representations for us all. Thanks for reading, Tom Gray
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Rupert Hine Biography I have been a professional songwriter for 10 years, signed to SonyATV and recently Warner Chappell. I have had 3 top ten hits with Rizzlekicks and John Newman and a US top 3 hit with US Band Big Time Rush. I have a home studio in Shepherds Bush which I share with my husband Ant Whiting. I write songs every day with different artists, producers and co-writers and love what I do. I also paint, and have had commissions all over the world including the Kremlin and for King Hussein in Jordan. I am a political activist and set up the first "free school" in West London 6 years ago. I also raised £70,000 for improvements to my local area. Statement I believe that with my combined experience as a songwriter and an activist I would be well placed to be on the Songwriter Committee at BASCA. I feel passionately about protecting the rights of Songwriters in view of the current changes taking place in how music is consumed. BASCA needs passionate voices who have current experience in the Music Business, to stand for our rights as songwriters and drive forward a fairer way for us all to be remunerated. If I was on the committee I would give that role my time and energy with as much attention and love as I do my songwriting.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Orphy Robinson, Mark Ayres Biography Fiona Bevan is a multi-platinum selling songwriter. She wrote One Direction’s award winning hit single Little Things with Ed Sheeran which reached number 1 in 13 countries. Fiona is also behind Aurora's new single Queendom, and forthcoming singles from Lewis Capaldi, Lion and Natalie Prass. Fiona Bevan wrote the Steps comeback single Scared Of The Dark (iTunes number 1) and Mika’s new single and the theme tune for his hit TV show. Fiona has also recently written singles with Tom Walker and Naughty Boy, Lights, Andy Black, Guy Sebastian, and Andy Brown, and collaborated and featured on rapper Stefflon Don's ‘Real Ting Mixtape. After releasing her own solo album Talk To Strangers (Navigator Records/Universal Canada) Fiona has toured UK, Europe, Australia and Canada and her single ‘Slo Mo Tiger Glo’ features in a BBC drama coming later this year. She has upcoming gigs in London and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. Statement Songwriting and music is one of the biggest exports of this country, yet songwriters are finding it more and more difficult to survive financially. The current system, which I believe is completely unsustainable, has to change to ensure that songwriters in the UK can continue to stand at the forefront of writing some of the best music in the world. I believe the songwriter's voice should be paramount in every debate and I intend to fight for the rights of songwriters, for better opportunities for the next generation, and to make sure the exploitation of our work is properly remunerated. As an artist and songwriter my experience can ensure BASCA is fighting the battles we all need them to fight on our behalf.
Supporters: Barry Blue, Jonathan Kendall Biography As an adolescent my Dad gave me a copy of The Dark Side Of The Moon. I listened under the duvet covers on my Sony Walkman and I’ve been obsessed with songwriting ever since. Growing up in Nottingham, music was never considered a career option so I harboured my first love as a hobby whilst reading International Relations at Leeds University. After working for several years inside the Palace of Westminster for a Member of Parliament, I made the leap of faith from my career in politics to pursue songwriting. I signed my first publishing deal in 2014 before signing a record deal with Virgin EMI in 2016. I’m currently working on my debut album which is set for release in 2019. Throughout the years I have been blessed with opportunities to tour around Europe, as well as write with some of the most successful producers in the world. Statement It is an honour to stand for The Songwriter Committee. I believe my experience in representational politics coupled with my professional knowledge of our industry will bring a youthful dynamism to the role. I want to fight for fairness, and help educate the emerging workforce on their rights as writers. I have a background in campaigning and lobbying government as I worked as a researcher for MP Sharon Hodgson. I ran Mrs Hodgson’s communications alongside work on campaigns regarding ticket touts, UK Basketball, Free School Meals. I have first hand knowledge in how to impact political change and I would thrive in representing songwriters at the highest level. I am a full time working songwriter myself, joining the industry professionally in 2014. I know how daunting it is to navigate this profession. As the nature of our job can often be isolated, I want to help songwriters feel part of a community that is on their side, educating and encouraging along the journey. Having experienced the struggles of being both an independent and a signed songwriter, I feel I have the personal repertoire needed to represent my colleagues. I believe we have the best job in the world. However understanding the inestimable worth of our output is paramount in creating a sustainable industry that is fair for all. I hold BASCA and its aims in high esteem and it would be a great privilege to serve on this committee; to fight for fairness, to educate the emerging. Many thanks, JB
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Marc Sylvan Biography My name is Victoria Horn *Lady V. I am a Grammy song winning writer and have been blessed to have written with artists such as Selena Gomez, Eminem & Dr Dre, Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd, Armin Van Buuren, Katy Perry, Above & Beyond & many other incredible acts. After a 12yr stint of living in LA I’ve returned to London. I can say that not a day passes that I still don’t love my job. Having enjoyed the benefit of co-writers sharing their talent and wisdom with me, I am now giving back to the community through attendance on panels and master classes. I run a private Facebook group exclusively for professional songwriters to discuss our particular business issues and I am also a member of the PRS Dance Committee, Music Management Group and the Recording Academy- Los Angeles Chapter for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Horn https://twitter.com/LadyVmusic Statement We are at a critical stage for the Songwriting Community, with streaming income so low and the physical/download market crashing, change needs to happen ASAP to preserve our incomes. If I were elected on the Songwriters Committee my priority would be to address the digital streaming splits, which are currently weighted massively in the labels’ favour and to move towards Songwriters seeing a new share on the masters rev & a minimum daily rate when working with signed artists. To work with the Government and EC to reinforce protection of our copyrights and to aggressively address the ongoing piracy issues. I would continue to work closely with the Collection Societies to express our need for higher streaming rates and to help them justify funding technological solutions for collecting and processing data to ensure that Songwriters get paid for every single usage of their work be it via streaming, gigs or when their songs are performed around the world. With the support of BASCA I’d like to ensure all children enjoy a modern music education. To raise awareness concerning mental health issues and offer support to those who need it. I would also like to set up a new Event or Awards, where BASCA can encourage and recognize newly signed and professional writers in all genres and territories. With your help I hope to ensure the craft and the business of songwriting for future generations to come and I would be honored to be given this opportunity. All the best V
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Rupert Hine Biography Songwriter and musician Jim Duguid cut his teeth playing drums in a number of bands in the vibrant Glasgow music. His stage career as a drummer came to prominence with Innocent Records signing his band Speedway, where he developed his songwriting in sessions with Steve Robson, Guy Chambers and Star Gate. Jim established himself as a song writer as the right hand man to a young Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini. In 2010 he set up a studio in London, working with many young artists. His biggest hit to date is the track Too Close, co-written with artist Alex Clare. Jim currently works from his studio just outside London, developing songs and working with established and emerging artists. He is a fervent advocate for songwriters and composers rights and is involved with The PRS “Creative Voice” project; helping promote the value of creators’ rights in the digital domain. Statement I want to help make and maintain a sustainable future for our great Industry. Music has been such a massive part of my life since I was a child, and it was learning songs from the Complete Beatles song book, with my brothers at home that started me on what has been a great adventure. As a musician and songwriter I have experienced some great highs over the last 20 years, but I have also experienced the sharp end and the difficulties that musicians and songwriters battle through in order to try and make their way in the business. One of the things I have learned meeting writers and artists, is that we all share many of the same hopes, fears and aspirations about our industry, but feel powerless about affecting change. It seems to me that its only when we come together that we realise this. I think what BASCA offers us, is a collective voice. And not just as a body of songwriters, but with all our peers across the industry,. A focal point that can help us define our needs, our concerns and our hopes, and that can help the industry grow and prosper in this challenging and exciting time. This is why i’m asking for your vote today. Let’s get together, Let’s discuss, Lets share ideas. I believe Together we can influence change.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Rupert Hine Biography Having been born in 1950 I've witnessed pretty much the entire rock'n'nroll era first hand - from the Bill Haley 78s my brother brought home to play on the family gramophone, to the Beatles in the 60s, Bowie in the 70s followed by my own brief 15 minutes of fame with the Tom Robinson Band during the punk era. Having supported Rock Against Racism and LGBT+ rights I continued to scratch a modest living as a songwriter during the 80s and 90s, while also branching out as a radio presenter. Since 2002 I've been a full time presenter at BBC 6 Music, doing my best to support new artists and writers via the BBC Introducing initiative. I recently served on The Ivors Committee for ten years, and have just chaired one of our 2018 award panels. Statement The 20th century music industry isn't coming back anytime soon. In my experience at least 90% of the songwriters mentored by BBC Introducing have never heard of BASCA - and even those who have see no reason to join us. I don't know how BASCA is going to set about engaging with the next generation of songwriters, but given the fast changing world that's emerging around us, I do know it needs to be an urgent priority for the SEC. Unless BASCA can enlist, listen to (and learn from) today's young artists and writers with a genuinely open mind, we haven't a hope of protecting their future interests - let alone our own - in the years to come.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Paul Hartnoll Biography Iain is a Grammy Nominated songwriter, with two Ivor Novello Awards, a UK #1 single and a third Ivor Novello Award Nomination. He made two solo albums before joining Snow Patrol, co-writing Ivor Novello Award winning album ‘Final Straw’, including top 5 single ‘Run’ (UK No 1 for Leona Lewis). Iain produced & co-wrote tracks on Jake Bugg’s Mercury Music Prize nominated, No.1 debut album, including singles ‘Lightning Bolt,’ ‘Taste It’ & ‘Trouble Town’, receiving an Ivor Novello Award Nomination for ‘Two Fingers’. James Bay’s No1 Album ‘The Chaos And The Calm’ saw Iain co-write three singles, including ‘Hold Back The River’ (The Ivors - Most Performed Work). He has taught at BIMM, Bath Spa University, and is Visiting Professor to Leeds College of Music. Iain is a great believer in the sharing of ideas - he loves to collectively push and pull the notion of ‘song’ to see where it can be taken. Statement I was introduced to BASCA at an Irish songwriter’s retreat where I mentored in the early 00’s. The late David Ferguson clued us in to BASCA. I joined - It was his genuine personal interest and understanding that convinced me. Not long after I was at The Ivor Novello Awards receiving the Album Award. This was a powerful introduction to an organisation that has supported and encouraged me as a creator. I began my career in 1993 on a small indie label. I spent time building things song by song, gig by gig. I intimately know the challenges that face artists and songwriters. For some time the music industry felt like an impenetrable fortress. I got signed and dropped and it was both humbling and freeing, and I worked in a South London homeless hostel for a year. It all gave me perspective. Everything is changing. Working at the forefront of that change, I have had to adapt in so many ways. I collaborate constantly with artists, writers, producers, mixers, a&r. If there is a fundamental issue such as the crippling streaming rates for songwriters, the legal gold rush mentality stifling the creative flow, or the emergence of track production as a contribution to the song, I will most likely be experiencing it head on. I want to hear the issues faced by others to make the industry environment conducive to great ideas, not just the lowest common denominator, and see BASCA represent it’s members in the most relevant and useful way possible.
Supporters: Richard Lightman, Crispin Hunt Biography I’ve worked in the music industry professionally for over fifteen years, and I'm now a proud owner of a successful 'Portfolio Career'. As a singer/songwriter I’ve toured the world, released 3 albums and 2 EP’s independently to critical acclaim. The most recent, ‘Wide Sky’ features chorus members of the English National Opera (ENO) and musicians from Syria. My previous album ‘River Man’ featured members of Procol Harum, The Sundays, and Senegal virtuoso Jali Fily Cissohko. ‘River Man’ was voted R2 magazine’s album of 2012. On top of this, I have written songs for other artists, from Joss Stone and Canadian Idol finalist’s in the mid 2000’s, to more unknown but just as worthy artists. I also compose music for advertisements for Global. I work as a session musician, Voice Over artist, and I perform. I lecture in songwriting at the University of Kent and Hertfordshire, and do talks for BASCA. Statement Everyday there's a new story stating the music industry is changing. Especially for songwriters and composers. Gone are the days of generous PRS statements and relying on an equally generous synch fee. But is it all bad? In some respects, no. In one very positive way, long live the independents! And that is what I am. I am an independent, self releasing, self managing, and I'm lucky enough to say, successful songwriter and musician. I know there are more of you out there, in fact I know many of you are BASCA members. While I love our committee and the great work they do, I can't help feeling it would be good to have one of those independent voices on the committee, working with others to create a better industry for all of us. One where services like Spotify and You Tube are asked to account, not just to the labels, but to the writers and creators of the work they share. One where we can help each other, improve our skills, and further our careers. From those whose who are starting out, to those who, like me, make a living in music in a variety of different ways. Music, especially creating music, is a job. It is a highly skilled and unique job, and one that needs protecting for the future.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Mark Ayres Biography Grammy and Brit nominated Jake Gosling is a songwriter, producer, remixer, manager, and publisher best known for work with Ed Sheeran, Adele, Lady Gaga, The Libertines, James Bay,Shawn Mendes, All Time Low, One Direction, Christina Perri, Paloma Faith, and Wiley. He received the ASCAP award for Lego House"Lego House" and was awarded Producer of the Year in 2012for his work on + , Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace, and One Direction's Up All Night and Take Me Home, including Number 1 UK and worldwide hit single "Little Things". Gosling has remixed for Lady Gaga, Timbaland & Nelly Furtado, Keane, Keri Hilson, and Far East Movement. Gosling and Sarah Liversedge run a publishing company "The Movement London Limited". He is published by BDi Music .”Thinking Out Loud" spent a year in the UK top 40 and was the first song to reach 500 million streams on Spotify. Statement Dear Members, I have been lucky enough to have some notable success as a songwriter /producer but as such I am more acutely aware of the challenges facing contemporary music creators than ever. With streaming becoming the go to place for music the demands faced by creators appear to be increasing when they should, theoretically, be decreasing with the expansion of opportunity. A strong, united and informed creator voice is more important now than ever before. The time for creators to speak up, empower our rights and make a difference is now. I believe that with my experience and understanding of the industry I could provide BASCA with compelling insights to inform and progress practical strategies to help protect our rights, our work and our community. Music is a powerful global force for good and its creators should be rewarded whenever their music is enjoyed. The technological revolution for music has only just begun and creators should play as significant a role in driving its direction as we do in driving its growth. As an award winning writer/producer I work internationally across multiple genres and musical styles, across numerous labels and formats and I believe writers need to have a voice at every level in the way our music is monetised. There are challenges ahead but collectively we can rise to them. BASCA is the right vehicle to drive forward the change we need for future generations of creators sakes.
Supporters: Blair Nicholas Somerled MacKichan, Crispin Hunt Biography Helienne is an award-winning professional songwriter and Board Director of BASCA, as well as the writer behind the acclaimed Guardian music industry column Behind the Music. She's also the former Head of Business & Songwriter relations for the song management platform Auddly, backed by Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus. 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, Big Daddy Wilson and the Dark Tenor, collaborating with Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood). In 2016, her song A Better Man made the UK Eurovision finals. Helienne regularly appears on Sky News and the BBC, championing songwriters’ rights. Statement We songwriters are at a critical point. Streaming has allowed the music industry and those using our music to redraw the rules, with songwriters left with the short straw. Even the most successful of us have seen their music being massively devalued, sometimes to as little as $90/million streams. It’s simply unsustainable. Making use of my connections all across the industry, I’ve fought hard to turn this trajectory around – and this is just the beginning. Here are some of my other goals: • Firstly, to even start to increase royalty rates, YouTube must not be able to hide behind Safe Harbour in order to avoid paying songwriters properly. • Labels are currently putting their artists in the studio with multiple songwriters, who not only spend their valuable time developing the artist – but studio costs, food and travel, with no commitment or guarantee of their songs being used. They should share the risk with songwriters by paying them a minimum per diem. • Streaming has led to a “winner-takes-all” music market. The royalties we receive from an album track buys us the equivalent of a Starbucks coffee. Great songs are more important than ever to labels – yet our remuneration has gone down, while theirs is going up. To adjust this inequality, songwriters should get points from labels, like producers do. I'd be honoured to have your vote, to allow me to continue this important fight for our future. Helienne’s Guardian column: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/heliennelindvall
Supporters: Rupert Hine, Crispin Hunt Biography Amanda Ghost is a London born, singer, songwriter, record maker, music executive and film and TV producer. She has won 3 Ivor Novello Awards for hits that she wrote for James Blunt (You're Beautiful) and Beyonce and Shakira (Beautiful Liar) She is a six time Grammy nominee and one time Golden Globe nominee. She started out as a singer songwriter and became one of the world's most successful and prolific record producers and song writers. In 2009 she became president of Sony's Epic records in the US and went on to become CEO of her own label, Outsiders, a joint venture between her and the Universal music group. In 2015, she executive produced her first major feature film with Kill Your Friends starring James Corden and Nicholas Hoult. She then went on to form a new Film, TV and Multimedia production company, Unigram, with partners Gregor Cameron and Len Blavatnik. Statement Statement not supplied.
Classical Committee Candidates
Supporters: Sally Beamish, Paul Patterson Biography Nicola LeFanu has composed around one hundred works for a variety of mediums. Her music is published by Edition Peters and by Novello and has been widely played, broadcast and recorded. She has composed eight operas, which have been staged in UK, Ireland and USA. She was born in England in 1947 to Irish parents; her mother was the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. LeFanu studied at Oxford, RCM and Harvard. She is active in many aspects of the musical profession and was Professor of Music at University of York, 1994-2008. In April 2017 she celebrated her seventieth birthday, and was BBC Radio 3 ’Composer of the Week’. 2017 also saw premieres of five new works, including ‘The Crimson Bird’ (Commissioned by the RPS for BBCSO with Rachel Nicholls, soprano). Her cantata ‘St Hilda of Whitby’, to a text by Wendy Cope, was premiered in Oxford in February 2018. Statement I am standing for election because I think our profession needs protection; composers need a strong voice to speak for them, and BASCA can be that voice. BASCA can speak for composers on matters such a copyright protection, royalty distribution, legal matters and so much more; but it can only do so if it has a representative membership. If I am elected, I shall work for member recruitment, from composers of all ages. I shall also work to increase the special opportunities that BASCA offers to composers. I welcome the chance that BASCA offers for lobbying and advocacy work for our profession. I have been involved in this already as a member of the Classical Committee; for example, I’d continue the regular dialogues we have established with the BBC and with PRS. I also want to ensure that BASCA and its members continue to have strong links to Europe, as I believe ‘Brexit’ will be a very negative experience for the music profession. I believe strongly in the ideal of public service and I have a long track-record. I have served on ACE panels (both national and regional), as a Trustee or Chair of many musical organisations and charities, and as a founder member of ‘Women in Music’. I was a Council and committee member of the spnm, and I serve on Sound and Music’s advisory committees. More detail on my website: http://www.nicolalefanu.com
Supporters: Gary Carpenter, Sally Beamish Biography Having been in the profession for many years, I have extended knowledge of working with leading orchestras, choirs, ensembles, soloist, festivals, film music, and broadcasting, also being on various committees for the promotion of contemporary music! Coupled with these links I have been closely connected to young composers as a professor of composition at the RAM and RNCM, and composer in residence to the NYO. I am a tireless advocate for contemporary music and was awarded the PRS/RPS Leslie Boosey Award (1996). In 2010 the Polish Ministry of Culture, awarded me their Gold Medal from for my promotion of Polish music. My works are performed regularly by leading performers around the world. I am currently writing a Double bass Concerto for Leon Bosch and many of my works are available on CD. They include “Little Red Riding Hood” (EMI) with LPO. visit my website for the complete list. Statement I have been in the music business for 50+ years and a member of the Classical Committee since 2012. I would like to continue, as the committee works hard to protect the creators of music in this ever-changing complex world of creativity, publishing and performance. I wish to assist them with my wide experience of the music industry and help safeguard and protect the rights of composers, and find ways of supporting new methods for promoting new music and to establish BASCA as a core representative of professional composers!
Supporters: Gary Carpenter, Paul Patterson Biography Professor Adam Gorb has been Head of the School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music since 2000. A winner of three British Composer Awards, he studied music at Cambridge University Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (where he graduated with the highest honours including the Principal’s Prize in1993), and in 2013 completed a PhD in Composition at Birmingham University. His compositions include operas, orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and choral, and have been commissioned, performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. His works have featured in new music festivals in Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Canterbury, and he has been a featured composer at Luton and Bromsgrove music clubs. He has had concerts devoted to his music in the UK, the USA and Canada. Adam has been a guest lecturer in universities and conservatoires in the USA, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Austria. Statement I am passionate about improving the lot of the classical composer in the UK. Much of my work at the RNCM is built round helping composers at the start of their careers and the opportunity to sit on the Classical committee of BASCA would allow me to continue making the professional lives of composers today fairer and more competitive in the music profession. I have many contacts in the classical new music world in both the Manchester and London areas and hope that I can use this and my general experience as a professional composer to assist and enrich the careers of my fellow composers.
Supporters: Edward Gregson, William Sweeney, Sally Beamish Biography I studied composition and conducing at the Royal Academy of Music and spent many years working as a composer/musician in theatres up and down the country. I was composer in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada where I wrote numerous experimental music theatre scores. On my return to the UK my theatre and operatic works started to become known and I was commissioned by numerous organisation including the Royal Opera House. I was composer in residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2005-8 including works for the BSO contemporary music ensemble and the community. A British Composers Award winner (Tarka) I've recently written operas for Trinity Laban, the BSO and a film opera for Welsh National Opera. Also active in the wind orchestra world, I'm currently about about to release two new CDs as well as teaching on the Opera Makers Programme at Guildhall School of Music Statement I am committed to representing the interests of all music creators in a bewilderingly changing word. Particularly for classical composers, our voice needs to be campaigned-for amongst promoters and festivals as well as funding bodies, broadcasters and government. Our needs must not be sidelined in the battle for diminishing resources and we must make sure our voice is well represented and valued as part of the wider conversation in debates on the Arts, Education, Brexit and regional resources. At BASCA over the last six years I have helped cement our relationship with important partners like PRS for Music where classical music writing - though under-represented - must still be an influential voice. We are currently urging discussions with PRSfM about representation reform options. I have been part of the BASCA initiative to enhance our relationship with the BBC (I'm particularly proud of our ongoing series with the BBC Singers), and also with European agencies like ECSA (where I worked on creating opportunities for our classical composers with the European Composers Chamber Orchestra). We also have a continuing dialogue with classical music funders like the Arts Council, the PRS for Music Foundation and of course the DCMS. If I'm returned to the Classical Committee I will support the reforms recently put in place at BASCA to help more composers – particularly from younger generations - benefit not only from visible events like member’s evenings and the flourishing British Composers Awards, but also to enjoy the fruits of achievements hard-won elsewhere.
Supporters: William Sweeney, George Nicholson Biography Colin Riley's work draws on a range of elements including new technologies, improvisation, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work is difficult to categorize, embodying a genuine integration of stylistic approaches. Colin has a portrait disc of his chamber music on the NMC label called ‘Shenanigans’. His new song-cycle ‘In place’ is also currently touring the UK; the result of collaborating with several writers including Robert Macfarlane, Paul Farley and Daljit Nagra. His work has been performed by many of the leading music performers and groups including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus amongst others. He has collaborated with diverse artists in the last few years including an album with drummer Bill Bruford, ‘Skin and Wire’ and two theatre projects ‘Nonsense’ and ‘Centrally Heated Knickers’ with the poet Michael Rosen. Statement I wish to stand again as I feel that I make a pragmatic contribution to the classical committee, combining my experience as a composer and educator. Having been a frequent collaborator with practitioners in many other genres of music and in other art-forms, I have a sensitive and open-minded approach to how new music can be promoted and to the challenges facing composers of all ages and backgrounds. I also bring strong connections from both educational institutions as well as from industry.
Supporters: Paul Patterson, Steve Howe, Colin Riley Biography I am a composer, performer and senior lecturer in music at the University of East London. I originally studied medicine in Japan and practised as a psychiatrist before moving to the UK in 1993. I graduated in music from City University London in 1999, then completed my PhD in composition under Rhian Samuel in 2005. I was an SPNM shortlist composer in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and my compositions have been performed by contemporary classical performers such as Piano Circus, Kate Ryder, Jane Chapman, Michael Bonaventure, Delta Saxophone Quartet, the BBC Singers among others, and I have performed my own material as well as improvisation in avant-rock context with musicians such as Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), Daevid Allen (Gong), Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, (both from Henry Cow), Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi (both from faUSt), David Cross (King Crimson). I also research and perform compositions by Lindsay Cooper. Statement I joined BASCA in 2006 when I was nominated as a finalist for the British Composer Awards. Since then, I have received much support and been given opportunities: I released my first digital distribution in 2011 via Academy Recordings which BASCA used to run, attended the Association of British Orchestras conference as a discussion facilitator at ‘DIVERSITY: THE COMPOSER’ session in 2017, and my choral suite has received a performance by the BBC Singers in 2017 and the live recording was broadcast on BBC Radio3 in 2018. As a female composer from an ethnic minority, I have benefited hugely from BASCA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and now I feel that I can bring my experience as a composer and former member of the board of directors of JASMIM (The Japanese Association for the Study of Musical Improvisation, 2013-2017) back to BASCA and its members. I would like to ensure that no member would be left out from BASCA’s aims & objectives. In addition to gender and ethnicity issues, I would like to raise awareness of ageism which is still heavily embedded across the industry and still is huge obstacle for late starters such as myself. For example, so many competitions and opportunities have age restrictions. I believe that voices of late starters’ and re-starters’, such as after raising family, should be heard and supported equally as young composers. Also I would like to be an advocate for composers who are working across genres, different platforms and media.
Supporters: Sarah Rodgers, Paul Patterson and Eddie McGuire Biography Born 1947, RAM 66-69, ARAM 2001. Joined Composers' Guild 68, and in quorum of 20 founded BASCA. Judge for British Composer Awards 7 times, and once on works selection. Over 100 works published: Faber, B&H, Recital Music, ABRSM, Trinity, Yorke, Piper - many on major UK and Australian graded Syllabi. Faber Stringsets, B&H Strings Together, acknowledged major contributor to dbass repertoire (Really Easy Bass Book, The Double Bass Sings) Other works : Clarinet Concerto, Requiem, Sonnet For A Summer's Day, Musical, Community Opera (Norden Farm). Orchestrated 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' for small ensemble, 2012, Arts Theatre, London. Visiting Lecturer Composition, University of Reading Institute Education, 2007-15, instrumental teacher schools 67-2012. Most celebrated ex bass-pupil: Chi-Chi Nwanoku, OBE - final school term, 6 lessons to help decide music career! Played: BBC SO/CO, Royal Ballet, Windsor Theatre, Ritz, Frankie Vaughan, Harry Secombe, Faith Brown, Jazz, Films:JBond, TV and documentary. Statement I'll be honest and declare that although I've been a member for 50 years, and was a founder member of BASCA, I've considered leaving, but thought that given the opportunity to serve, I'd feel more inclined to add my voice. I've no committee experience, and am uncomfortable sitting through long meetings, but recognise I'd have to fit into an established framework - whilst retaining my impatience to get things done, and voicing frank opinions. I avoid politics as far as possible, but wish to serve the best interests of our members. I'm particularly keen to support anyone facing a crisis in their composing/lives, but yearn to fulfill themselves, as I did for many students at Reading. This is particularly pertinent to me following the untimely loss of my wife Jo in 2010. I have no firm idea how I'd apply myself to BASCA itself, but I love the comradeship of my fellow creators, and would be mostly focused on them, and wish also to work towards any beneficial improvements in its operation. I'd also want to keep a close eye on PRS. I'm a persistent campaigner on many issues: anti-GMO, pro-Organic, social, natural health, and environment. As a player, I objected to tobacco smoke. MU said quit playing, government, agents, colleagues said I was wrong ! I work avidly to see important issues resolved. I admit I'd have a lot to learn, as well as seek to contribute, so would need to start with an open mind, and spirit.
Supporters: Stephen McNeff, Sally Beamish Biography Lynne Plowman’s compositions range from delicate instrumental solos to dramatic large-scale vocal, theatrical and orchestral works. Commissioners and collaborators include Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Shakespeare Company, London Mozart Players, Presteigne Festival, Piano Circus, Okeanos, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Singers. Awards include a British Composer Award (2003) for Gwyneth and the Green Knight, described in the Times as “One of the most brilliantly accomplished new operas I have heard in many a year”. A ‘Creative Wales Award’ in 2012 supported Lynne’s orchestral writing - Catching Shadows was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. “The result is a thrilling muscularity and sureness of design.” (Wales Arts Review, 2016) Lynne is a composition tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a resident composer for the Dyfed Young Composers scheme. In 2017/2018, Lynne is supported by the PRSF/Esmee Fairbairn Composers Fund. Statement I have been a professional BASCA member for many years and have benefited greatly from BASCA opportunities and support during this time. I have been nominated three times for the British Composer Awards (and won once!), in the Stage Works Category. In 2015 my piece ‘The Stargazer’ was selected by BASCA to be performed by Ensemble Sturm und Klang at the ECSA Creators Conference in Brussels. I have used the legal service and have picked up the phone to BASCA on many occasions to help me navigate the legal and business side of the industry. I am passionate about creating and supporting a strong, vibrant and diverse community of composers in the UK. I live and work in Wales, with strong links to the rural and industrial communities of West Wales: I am the resident composer for Dyfed Young Composers, a scheme which supports the teaching of music composition in secondary schools across the region. I am also a composition tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where I work with undergraduate and postgraduate composers as well as younger composers in the Junior Conservatoire. I am passionate about gender equality in classical music programming, about bringing high quality contemporary music events to Wales and the South West and encouraging new and young audiences for contemporary music.
Supporters: Nicola LeFanu, Shirley Thompson, Roxanna Panufnik Biography I have worked as a composer since 1990, having moved to Scotland after a career as a freelance viola player in London, performing much contemporary music. My works include concert and film music, opera, ballet and installations. I collaborate with jazz, traditional and pop musicians; also with writers and artists; and with amateurs and my local community. I was self-published until 2006, with support from the Scottish Music Centre, and am now represented by Edition Peters, and by Norsk Musikforlag in Scandinavia. I’m a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and have an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. I enjoy supporting and mentoring developing composers, and have often led workshops. The Little Mermaid, with choreographer David Nixon, has just toured the UK, and current work includes a residency with the Academy of St Martins, and a new song cycle for Dame Sarah Connolly. Statement I am very aware of the challenges facing emerging and established composers in a changing world After many years as a self-published composer, I am experienced in organising my own contracts, commissions and promotion. As a player myself, I’m well-connected with performers, and understand the importance of collaboration and flexibility. I am a passionate advocate of equality and diversity in commissioning and performance, and am active through BASCA in exploring ways of making the commissioning process more transparent, and raising awareness of unconscious bias. Through mentoring, I am keen to address issues of confidence and visibility for emerging and established composers, as well as career management. I am also concerned with the problem of achieving fair classical representation on the PRS Board, and with specific issues arising around classical rights and royalties. I would very much like to continue in my role as a member of the BASCA Classical Committee.
Supporters: Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb Biography As an early career BAME composer I would particularly like to champion the voices of other such creatives. I am a big advocate of diversity, promulgating inclusivity and transcending stereotypes and challenging unconscious bias. Although in recent years efforts have been made with regard to addressing archaic issues within the industry, there is still work to be done in levelling the playing field and insuring the classical music field remains open to all. Having grown up in inner city London, my musical outlook is diverse and I particularly enjoy weaving urban music in to my own musical language. If elected, I’d hope to inspire confidence in the BAME talent pipeline across the sector and highlight the importance of celebrating and encouraging diversity. Statement Daniel Kidane stands at the forefront of young British composers, bringing fresh ears and raw talent to the contemporary music scene. His works have been performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, described by the Financial Times as ‘quietly impressive’ and by The Times as ‘tautly constructed’ and ’vibrantly imagined’. Daniel first received composition lessons at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and then went on to study privately in St Petersburg. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the RNCM under the tutelage of Gary Carpenter and David Horne. Recent projects have included the premiere of his orchestral work Zulu by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; a new work for the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which was inspired by Grime music; a chamber work for the Cheltenham Festival which draws inspiration from Jungle music; a song cycle commissioned by Leeds Lieder and to the poetry of William Blake, which will be premiered by Nick Pritchard; and a new piece written for baritone Roderick Williams and the Chineke! Orchestra, which was played at the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in April 2018. Recent commissions for Michala Petri (recorder) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) were released on CD and premiered in the UK at Wigmore Hall. Works for members of the London Symphony Orchestra, which have focused on multiculturalism, and an orchestral work for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, motivated by the eclectic musical nightlife in Manchester, also received critical acclaim.
Supporters: Mira Calix, Paul Patterson Biography 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 ), he received a 2006 British Composer Award (chamber category). A portrait CD - 'Die Flimmerkiste' is available on NMC and an orchestral CD with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) is in preparation. His 'Dadaville' opened the 2015 Proms season. He additionally works across many genres, currently with OMD and in the past with The Wombats, Michael Nyman, Damon Albarn, Iain Ballamy, Ringo Starr and David Sedaris amongst others. Gary is currently the RLPO’s Composer in Association, Professor of Composition at the RNCM, Manchester and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Statement I have been the Chair of the Classical Committee and a BASCA Director since being elected in 2015. I am an ESCA delegate representing UK writers’ interests on the European stage. Although my principal artistic activity is within the ‘concert’ or ‘art music’ milieu, I have a lifetime’s experience working within theatre, dance and film as composer and orchestrator. I have written musicals, orchestrated and arranged for headlining acts (including OMD, Wombats, Damon Albarn etc.,) in addition to my own work that has been performed by orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, choirs and chamber ensembles worldwide. I am committed to and have been active in furthering the cause of my fellow composers whether that be artistically, professionally or socially in terms of diversity and balance. We live in concerning times where our livelihoods are threatened by reduced royalty income, the pervasion of streaming services, the loss of revenue from falling CD and sheet music sales and changes to our relationship with the EU, the current benefits of which for composers and musicians I strongly believe are worth protecting and fighting for. I believe BASCA has achieved a great deal over the past three years and will achieve great things in the coming years. I am thus standing for re-election because I fervently want to be involved in the challenges to come and to serve the membership to the very best of my ability. I am devoted to the organisation and all that it stands for.
Supporters: Sally Beamish, Paul Patterson Biography The music of composer Shirley J. Thompson is performed and screened worldwide and often described as “superbe” (Le Figaro). A visionary artist and cultural activist, she has composed extensively for concerts, TV, film, theatre, dance and opera production. Her creativity is driven by a belief in the transformative power of music to affect social, cultural and political change. Her best known works, include the contemporary dance production, PUSH, produced by Sadler's Wells which has toured for 15 years to over 50 international opera houses. Her symphony, New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony was performed and recorded by the RPO and originally commissioned to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. The concept of the symphony relating to London's 1000-year history was subsequently assumed as the framework for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Thompson's chamber opera series, Heroines of Opera, is gaining national and international notice. Statement I continue to be inspired by the high levels of musicality and artistry produced by our nation's musicians and artists. We remain the standard bearer of innovation, quality and delivery across the world and contribute significantly to the UK's GDP. However, commissioning fees for composers remain woefully low and returns from royalties are equally poor. I would like to continue in our mission at BASCA to gain improved levels of commissioning fees and royalties for composers and musicians. We are too often coerced into positions where we have to accept low fees and on occasions forgo fees entirely for the honour of being performed! We are gaining notice for our work and initiatives at BASCA with the key stakeholders in the sector and with persons and institutions that can make a difference with respect to remuneration for work delivered. As creative artists, we presently subsidise the industry substantially and this needs to change. It is critical that the voice of BASCA is recognised and heard so that key stakeholders may be persuaded to create improved conditions for our members as well as our other composer colleagues. When it is possible, I trumpet the work of BASCA so that our successful initiatives may be noted (ie BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour on 7 March 2018). Presently, our work as composers is sometimes undervalued. We need to ensure that our musical gifts, effort and professionalism are recognised for the huge contribution we make in creating the cultural landscapes nationally and internationally.
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Gary Carpenter, Nicola LeFanu Biography Jenni Roditi, composer, vocalist and associate of the Institute of Composing, has written extensively for voices, notably two chamber operas; the Descent of Inanna and Siddhartha-Spirit Child, both premiered by Lontano and noted for casting classical and non-classical voices. Roditi has also written orchestral, choral and chamber music and is a songwriter. In 2012 she founded Vocal Tai Chi, a practice integrating extended vocal techniques and vocal approaches found in various non-Western traditions. 2014 saw Roditi complete two scores; a trio for flute, oboe and piano for Trittico and a chamber piece for Ignite/Shiva Nova, creating a score that mixed notation with improvisation. In 2015/16 Roditi was awarded two ACE grants for her new project TIC TOC Sing, two improvisation choirs where singers take direction from Roditi as conductor, while improvising their own material. Funding for a TIC - (The Improvisers’ Choir) EP has just been offered. Statement I have served on the CC for 6 years and in 2014 was elected to the board. Within classical there are many sub genres; installations, sonic art, conduction and many new experimental ensembles, lead by composer-performers and sound artists, collaborating with other genres and cultures to create new work together. These vital, up and coming, often underground, scenes sit within classical. They draw new audiences, are offered commissions, raise funding from grants, both public and private, receive venue support, claim PRS and are an essential part of the 21st century new classical music scene. Composers are choosing other ways of working to engage with fresh perspectives and reach new audiences. They represent an important cohort within the genre. Composers working as arts leaders, building bridges across communities, directing, often huge, collaborative pieces, also need their voice on the CC. With regards score and project commissioning there is a lack of transparency about how composers within classical, in its broadest sense, are chosen by commissioners. We need new ways in which composers can have more equal opportunities to get commissioned. We also need enlightened vision and creativity behind the reasons for commissions. Commissioners that cross-fertilise projects with the sciences, humanities and arts, as well as with the community, will create much needed wider public engagement and make their investment highly relevant, supporting a bright future for new classical music. I will speak for all these areas of practice, representation and concern on the CC.
Supporters: Gary Carpenter, Stephen McNeff Biography Dobrinka was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1980 and has lived in London for 25yrs+. She graduated from Guildhall and holds a PhD in composition from King’s College. Her debut album String Paths (ECMRecords) was Grammy nominated (2014). In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent projects include: UK New Music Biennial film collaboration PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, the cantata Immortal Shakespeare, written as part of the Shakespeare 400 anniversary (2016) and the double piano concerto Together Remember to Dance- jointly commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Picardie, Istanbul Music Festival, BBCCO and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Last year, her Orpheus’ Comet opened the celebration concert of the European Broadcasting Union's 'Euroradio' 50th Anniversary. Tabakova has been composer-in-residence with Truro Cathedral and this season she is resident composer with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig and is featured composer at the Davos 2018 festival. http://www.dobrinka.com Statement As a freelance composer, I’ve found BASCA an extremely important and useful organisation when faced with the decisions which form the other side to this creative life. I’ve been a member of BASCA since the early 2000s and found the tools (contracts, seminars, general advice) available to members to be an invaluable resource, especially in the early stages of my career. I have a strong desire to see more music by living composers incorporated in the programming of major concerts and festivals and to make the work of composers more visible. I spent a large part of my student activities promoting the work of my peers as the president of the Contemporary Music Society, a role which continued professionally when I took up the post of coordinator of the British Music Information Center’s Cutting Edge Series, which I organised between 2003-2009. Our creative community is facing important new challenges, which can only be steered in the right direction if we speak with a collective, unified voice. Being part of the Classical Committee, I hope to be able to add my voice to that of my esteemed colleagues, bringing practical experience and making connections where possible to further the exposure of living composers and ensure that our community’s interests and livelihoods continue to be safeguarded.
Supporters: Shirley Thompson, Mira Calix, George T Nicholson Biography Alexander Campkin's music, described as 'fresh and attractive' by Gramophone, has been performed or broadcast in over forty countries and features on over 20 CDs, one of which was Classic FM Christmas CD of the Year. Alexander (b. 1984) has received over one hundred commissions from organisations including The Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Swedish Arts Council, Ampersandance Contemporary Dance Company, New London Children's Choir, The Theatinerkirche Vokalkapelle Munich and Neresheim Abbey in Germany. He has two BBC Proms premieres this year in the Royal Albert Hall commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for services to music. Alexander is conductor of The Oxbridge Singers, minimaLIST ENsemble and Future Opera. He studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and the University for Performing Arts in Vienna. Statement I would like to continue to represent contemporary music composers as a member of BASCA’s Classical Committee. I have a passion and experience with each aspect of creating opportunities for new music. I have commissioned eleven composers to write pieces which I have premiered with ensembles in the UK and Europe, eight of which were broadcast live on national radio. I have also received many commissions, including two pieces for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra which will be premiered this year at the BBC Proms. I feel that this knowledge of both sides of commissioning has given me a strong understanding of the music industry. If voted for again, I will look to create further opportunities for new music creators for performances, broadcasts, commissions, Awards for New Music and workshops of contemporary music in the UK. I see the potential for BASCA to generate more funding for both emerging and established composers to help get our music heard. I will continue to bring insight and experience to help guide and develop BASCA’s policies to further support the work of composers. In addition to seeking new opportunities, our voice will become stronger as we campaign together for the issues that matter to us. These issues include diversity, rights of composers, digital royalties, Arts Council funding, Intellectual Property, the EU Copyright Directive, and the Reversion Right, as we navigate our way through Brexit. I am passionate about being the person that will champion these causes for BASCA.
Jazz Committee Candidates
Supporters: Elisabeth Barratt, Tom Hewson Biography Peter Edwards is a pianist, composer and musical director whose ‘guileless, soulful music…[is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes’ (Guardian) . He is the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards ‘Newcomer of the year’ and was among the nominees for the 2015 Jazz FM 'Breakthrough Artist' award. He works with acclaimed artists Mica Paris and Zara McFarlane, directs the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and is a 2017 New Music Biennial commissioned composer. Peter graduated with a Masters in Jazz from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009. Participation in the Tomorrow's Warriors young artist development programme gave him the opportunity to sharpen his performance and compositional skills under the guidance of Gary Crosby OBE. Peter began recording and touring with the Abram Wilson Quartet and has gone on to work with vocalists Nicola Emmanuelle, Zara McFarlane and Mica Paris. Statement I have been a member of the BASCA Jazz Executive Committee for over 2 years and have been involved in doing presentations on self publishing and on self promotion at the events as well as attending meetings regularly. I would love to be given the opportunity to contribute further to the new Jazz Committee. We've made a really promising start and I'd like to get more involved and bring more emerging composers to our events and help to spread the word that jazz composition in the UK is thriving. I'd like to develop more links with the other committees and find more common ground between the different genres. I would also like to promote resources that are available for composers and music creators. We have a great opportunity to build on BASCA Jazz Hang. I'd certainly look forward to doing more presentations and building more relationships with jazz composers and encouraging them to join BASCA.
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Tom Hewson Biography I am a singer and composed based in London. My last album, Burn the Boat (Two Rivers Records), received much praise by the UK and European jazz press ('A stunning album' ****Jazzwise) , as well as having extensive airplay and repeated plays on BBC 2, 3, BBC London, JazzFM, Resonance FM, BR- Klassik (Germany). I write for my own bands and ensembles as well as writing for commission and recordings, and as a collaborator I work with various artists/bands ranging from improvised/contemporary music- The Dissolute Society (Raph Clarkson, Huw Warren), electronic songwriting Harlequiin (Rory Simmons), contemporary jazz songwriting with multi-award winning pianist Tom Cawley (Curios, Acoustic Ladyland). I am also the first professor of Songwriting to teach the Guildhall School, where I work with both undergrad and postgrad students on the Jazz course. Statement I have been an active member of the BASCA Jazz Committee for the last 2 years, and during that time we have opened (and continued to work on) some important dialogues on issues that affect ourselves as jazz musicians and composers; a unique position for many of us, who's work often crosses genres (eg classical/orchestral writing, pop songwriting/collaborative work and media syncing/library music). As a recording artist working predominantly in Jazz, I know too well that we - as jazz musicians - don’t always see the full potential of our music, and nor are we making the most of opportunities such as publishing deals and representation. In my unique position within the jazz scene as a composer and songwriter, I am passionate about utilising the connections the Jazz Committee has with the other committees (Songwriting, Media, Classical), as well as engaging with partnering bodies such as PRS, in order to fully understand our rights and opportunities. I will continue to campaign in order to ensure that the diverse, inspiring and progressive UK jazz scene is able to grow and prosper, and that individual members and non-members are enlightened and informed professionals, who are engaged with BASCA and their ongoing work.
Supporters: Mark Lockheart, Orphy Robinson, Emily Saunders Biography “A remarkable composer, conductor, arranger & baritone sax player” Mo-Jo Magazine Regularly perform in Northern Europe, SE India, USA & Canada Commissions include Philharmonia Orchestra, OAE, Delta Sax Quartet, 4th Dimension String Quartet, Voice of the North, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band, Norwegian Wind Ensemble, WOWorchestra, NYJO, NYCGB, CUK BigBand, INTERCHANGE Featured soloists include Annie Whitehead, Anne Sofie vonOtter, Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Liam Noble, Mark Lockheart, Nikki Yeoh, Steve Waterman 1999 Founding Head of Jazz TrinityLaban 2007 Founding Artistic Director National Youth Jazz Collective 2008 Founding Director FuzzyMoonRecords: Current catalogue=13 CDs championing music by Issie & Carol Barratt, Mark Donlon, Geoff Eales, Mike Gibbs, Mark Lockheart, Steve Melling, John Warren 2011 Nominated for Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists. 2014 Co-opted BASCA Board Director Parliamentary Jazz Award: Jazz Education 2015 Elected Chair BASCA Jazz Committee &Board Director 2017 Music Teachers Award for Excellence: Best New Initiative. Statement I’ve been a professional composer for thirty years & proactive advocate for jazz @BASCA for eight: Coopted onto Classical Committee 2010 Coopted Board Director & established pilot Jazz Committee 2014 Elected Chair Jazz Committee & Board Director 2015 Since 2014 I’ve worked hard establishing a strong jazz presence @BASCA (including @ Gold Badge Awards, The Ivors, British Composer Awards) while brokering lasting relationships between BASCA’s Jazz Committee, all UK jazz initiatives and key stakeholders within the music industry including: JazzServicesUK, JazzUK, JPN, 'UKJazzAhead! Consortium' &ECSA: Globally championing/supporting jazz composition. ACE, HMUK, MU &PRSfM: Chairing shared income generation seminars/clinics; contributing to PRSfM’s tariffs review; regularly discussing royalty issues/anomalies common to the jazz scene. MusicSales, ArtistShare & ESCA’s Composers’ Platform working party: Exploring ways BASCA jazz composers can better sell their wares. Birmingham City University: Hosting jazz seminars/symposiums & discussing prospective Jazz Composers Archive Chairing BASCA’s new Rights Management Working Party – Identifying new monitising opportunities for jazz composers I’m committed to spending the next three years building and expanding on these strong foundations, strengthening BASCA’s influence, galvanising forces & widening BASCA's reach, while growing & consulting with BACSA’s membership about ongoing professional needs As composer, performer, bandleader, record producer, founding head of TrinityLaban’s jazz faculty, founding Artistic Director of NYJC (One of jazz’s few ACE funded National Portfolio Organisations) & active member of the Jazz Promotion Network I not only understand the professional needs of an international jazz composer, I possess transferable Executive skills essential to the role of Board Director (including organisational/financial/HR management & governance)
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Jason Yarde Biography I have been a professional musician working in jazz and improvised music since graduating in 2005. I have performed and recorded with many of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the UK, as well as visiting musicians from the USA. Alongside my performing career, I have always been a motivated composer; early in my career I wrote compositions and arrangements for the Trinity Big Band, as well as small group compositions for genre-crossing group 'Subrosa'. This creative drive led me to begin leading my own quartet, which to date has released 2 studio albums of original material. With this band, I have received substantial radio exposure, sold CDs worldwide, and performed at jazz venues, theaters and festivals across the country. As well as being a busy sideman, I continue to compose and perform with this ensemble, and I plan to record another album this year. Statement At the current time and in the present state of uncertainty within the music industry, the interests of composer-performers such as myself are at a critical stage. The sustainability of my career, and of many others, depends upon fair and proper recognition and remuneration for our creative efforts. I believe that my standing in the jazz community, allied with my experience as a composer and band leader, make me excellently placed to work with BASCA, with and on behalf of fellow jazz musicians. Issues that I would hope to address as part of the Jazz Committee include: Protection of composer/artist revenue from streaming and online sites such as Spotify and Youtube Maximising exposure for jazz in the media, especially TV and Radio Raising awareness of the role of the composer in jazz, (which I believe is often seen as an historic, old fashioned and performer-centric musical style), and consequently resulting in more commissions/collaborations for jazz composers Helping jazz to become established on equal footing in artistic terms with Western Classical Music Promoting cross-fertilisation between jazz and other composing disciplines With the increasingly wide talent base and burgeoning of the UK jazz scene, I believe that now is a time to stand up for jazz like no other. I am a friendly, motivated and open personality, well connected with fellow musicians, jazz promoters and industry, and I am in a position to devote time and resources to make the most of the appointment, should I be successful.
Supporters: Mark Lockheart, Jason Yarde Biography My major works include "Beyond Wigan Pier" (with Alan Gregory, 2018), "Only Thelonious Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2017), “Another Kind Of Imagination” (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2016), "Near Horizons Suite" (Joe Allard Commission, 2014), "Secret Music" (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2014),, "Jubilee Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2012), "Gil Evans Suite" (Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, 2012), "Suite for Big Band" (National Youth Jazz Wales, 2009) and "Guys & Dolls Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2005). As well as many of London's top jazz venues, my music has been performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Symphony Hall, and been broadcast on BBC radio and Jazz FM. I currently lecture in jazz composition and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Statement I have been a dedicated member of the Jazz Committee since it's conception and I truly believe that BASCA could become one of the most influential voices in the global jazz community, where nearly all performers are involved in composition but very few consider themselves to be composers. As a former trombone-playing jazz composer living in rural Wiltshire, my voice could easily be overwhelmed by the noise coming from the likes of YouTube and Spotify, but as part of an organisation like BASCA my voice is amplified and projected to those who share the same passions and ideals, and all those who care about music in the UK. I want to see British composers of all genres receive the worldwide opportunities and acclaim they deserve. I want to see the history of British jazz composition recognised for it's cultural contribution, and I want to see more encouragement for today's creative musicians. I am confident that BASCA will continue to develop a leading role in the celebration of jazz composers from all across the UK, supporting them as they build their careers across international borders and ensuring their rights are protected for the future.
Supporters: Tom Hewson, Ed Puddick, Issie Barratt Biography Composer, arranger, producer, MD and saxophonist Yarde casts a wide musical net having worked with Orlando Julius to 4hero, Plan B to Britten Sinfonia, Keziah Jones to Kronos Quartet, Tony Allen to TY, Wretch 32 to Wonderbrass and Jonzi-D to Jack Dejohnette. Since the JAZZ WARRIORS at 16, leading Tomorrow’s Warriors then j-lie he’s played in the big bands of Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, Roy Ayers and Mano Dibango, His projects range from the BlueBox Diaries fx’d solos, McCormack & Yarde Duo, TRiO WAH!, OMMMY4 to the larger ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC. He’s written for TV, Theatre and Dance receiving various commissions for Hugh Masekela and the LSO. Awards include a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Paul Hamlyn Award and the first BASCA for Contemporary Jazz Composition for his BBC Proms compositional début. He’s produced award winning albums for Soweto Kinch, Gwilym Simcock, Denys Baptiste and Empirical. Statement While I am perhaps first and foremost considered a Jazz Composer, it was the very fact that Jazz is a broad church that attracted me to the music in the first place. No day is the same and I get to play and move between many styles of music. While I happily have what is now commonly termed a portfolio career going between different playing, recording, fixing, writing and arranging situations, I’m still all too often having to show others the importance and value of this work both within and outside the community. In the same way, I believe BASCA is a particularly important broad church in the protection, support and development of composers interests in the UK and certainly amplifies my voice in important matters that continue to arise in these changing times. Having known as a teenager that writing music would be a particularly important thing in my life and even back then (before the formation of BASCA) seeking out an organisation that would be for me the equivalent to the Musicians Union (in its relation to my work as a Musician) and having (some years later…!) been an original part of the newly formed Jazz Committee that already in it’s relatively short time of existence has allowed me to see close up, the day to day and long term situations we must ALL tackle and see fundamental changes allowing BASCA grow and develop, I relish the opportunity to continue this process and go further!...
Supporters: Orphy Robinson, Emily Saunders Biography Pat Thomas Pat is a Piano and Theremini composer, arranger and producer. Pat has worked with Mike Cooper, Steve Beresford, Geoff Hawkins, Chuck Berry, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Alex Ward, Eugene Chadbourne, Jimmy Carl Black, Thurston Moore, Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker, Oliver Lake, Alan Silva, Bill Dixon, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Joe Gallivan, John Zorn, John Butcher, John Russell. Cleveland Watkiss also plays in Trio with Peter Brotzman and Paal Nielson-Love, Quartet with Wadada Leo Smith John Coxon, Mark Sanders, Current activities include Solo piano, Black Top with Orphy Robinson, Albert Newton with Charles Haywood ,John Edwards, Trio with Han Bennick, and John Coxon,and the Founder Effect with John Coxon. Alan Wilkinson, Steve Noble, received Paul Hamlyn Award for composers in 2014. Statement I have been a full time musician since 1989,and worked in a variety of musical contexts,granting me a wealth of experience,as a current member of the Jazz Committee,i will contine to to push for a greater representation on TV and Radio,and for BASCA Jazz Composers,getting better opportunities to increase PRS revenue.
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Mark Lockheart Biography I am currently Head of Jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Before being in this post I worked as a freelance composer, musician and educator for twenty five years. Although I trained as a classical guitarist, I started my career as a composer, specialising in music for drama (theatre, radio and television). Ten years into a busy career, following a series of coincidences I found myself playing jazz double bass and call myself 'The Accidental Bassist'. I continued composing, now with a different emphasis, completing several commissions for jazz ensemble with three CDs released under my own name. My writing for theatre and other media continued and I became known for my brand of jazz, creating 'palettes' of sound to be organically used in a dramatic context. My performing and writing has frequently taken me outside Wales, including the US and South Africa. Statement I have been composing professionally since 1981, specialising in Jazz for live performance, recording, theatre, radio-drama and film. I have experience as a composer/band-leader, recording for self-release and record labels as well as radio and television broadcast. I am a professional member of BASCA, PRSF and MCPS and have been a member of BASCA's Jazz Committee for the last year. Based in Wales, I can bring the experience of living and working successfully outside London, sharing my knowledge of professional opportunities and practices in a country that is devolved, has its own culture, media and, even language. As Head of Jazz in Wales' national conservatoire, it is important that I continue my professional practice and am totally up-to-speed with the rapid developments and changes in our industry. I nurture the development of young jazz composers and performers, hoping that I have been able, and will continue, to contribute to a vibrant, living jazz community in Wales and beyond. I firmly believe in the creation of new work and its application to new and old media. I am able to bring a different perspective to discussions, using both academic and professional experience.
Supporters: Emily Saunders, Jason Yarde Biography Tom is in demand as a pianist of dexterity, musicality and originality. Working with improvising jazz musicians, singer-songwriters and solo his performances have ranged from the Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scotts, Kings Place and numerous London Jazz Festival appearances to Jazz clubs across the country and abroad. He was winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in 2014, and released his first trio album as leader with European Jazz label CAM Jazz in 2015. This was followed by the critically-acclaimed 'Essence' in 2017, a collaboration with Austrian piano manufacturer Bösendorfer. His playing has featured on radio stations from BBC Radio 3 to Jazz FM as well as Italian, French and other European national Radio stations. "Deeply impressive" - Jazzwise “Emerging Piano Virtuoso…One to watch” – Time Out "Supremely talented" - The Jazzmann “Beautiful, adventurous piano playing” John Taylor Statement I intend to stand for the Jazz Committee as I believe that it is the best place for jazz musicians in the UK to get together and work towards the greater organisation and integration that the scene needs. I have been an active and dedicated member of the committee since founding, and aim to continue pushing for progress in the following areas 1)Improving our visibility and representation within the jazz community 2)Making sure our members receive tangible jazz-specific benefits 3)Campaigning to ensure that the jazz infrastructure in the UK keeps up with the broader changes in the music industry. I believe that we need to work harder to improve our online presence, and make our offer extremely clear to potential jazz members. We need to be looking outwards rather than inwards; otherwise, the concerns we may have within the committee, diverse though it is, may not always represent the concerns of our current and potential members. The jazz committee is now extremely well-placed to become an essential part of the jazz scene in the UK, and we are all very proud of what we have achieved so far, especially in the light of the general difficulties BASCA has found itself in. I look forward to the next phase of its development.
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Tom Hewson Biography I am a composer and vibraphonist, working as a freelance performer, writer, and teacher. My compositions have been recognised through several awards, including the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, and a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival. As a sideman I play with Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla/Quartet, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, and Miguel Gorodi’s Nonet among many others, and have recently played in the New York, Berlin, and London Jazz Festivals. I lead a band, Mosaic, which is the main outlet for my composition. In 2016 we released an album on Edition Records, which was described by the Guardian as “a cool but very joined-up genre-crossing venture”. The band also played my music live on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now. I tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective, and run several youth ensembles for Buckinghamshire Music Trust (including the Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band) and Ealing Junior Music School. Statement I am playing new music at many levels, from door money gigs where the venue takes a cut to pay the PRS, through to concert halls and radio broadcasts. This range of experience has given me an insight into where there are failings in the system and Jazz composers are disadvantaged. I also have the motivation and energy to work toward solutions. As a musician in the early stages of my career, and a recent graduate, I am well placed to understand what young composers need from BASCA. I believe the organisation could be doing more to inform young Jazz composers about the industry, and the earning potential of their music, and am keen to help facilitate that. Understanding issues such as royalties and copyright is not only beneficial to them, but introducing more informed voices into the debate (and into BASCA) would be of value to us all. I have a keen interest in technology, and am often an early adopter of new media and software. In a rapidly changing marketplace, recent developments, such as blockchain and open-web platforms, are likely to play a part in the way we create, share, and sell our music. I will bring a determination to make a success of what can be a challenging and disheartening environment. Furthermore, I hope that through suggestions and feedback from members, we can enter into discussions with the likes of Dorico and Sibelius, to ensure that the needs of Jazz composers are met by software developers.
Supporters: Ed Puddick, Emily Saunders Biography Tom Haines is a UK-based composer and musician specialising in Jazz composition and music for dance. Jazz awards include the European Big Band Composer Competition (2017), the 28th Barga Jazz Composition Award (2015), the ‘Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranging Award’ (2014), the ‘Duvel Jazz Award’ and ‘Bose Audience Prize’ at the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest (2013). June 2017 saw the self-release of his debut album ‘Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (Live)’. Tom has been commissioned to compose for dance / physical theatre companies, including The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Warwick Arts Centre and Yorkshire Dance. Statement As a member of the Jazz Committee I am interested in how BASCA can support, champion and develop opportunities for the existing and future works created by its members. My intention would be to bring what I would consider to be something of an alternative point of view to the BASCA Jazz Committee by focusing upon and representing the activity, craft and recognition of the composer and the contexts in which they are able to operate as a definitive entity, rather than solely the self-encapsulating context of the composer/performer of jazz. As a composer I am driven by my ambition to be an active, creative force in the arena of jazz, and to be able to gain recognition solely for composing. My experience has been working with big bands and jazz orchestras as part of competition events in Denmark, Italy, Belgium and Poland, being invited to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and being commissioned to compose bespoke music for dance/physical theatre. I am very keen to explore further and more diverse avenues for jazz composition in the UK, for both myself and other BASCA composers, and am particularly looking to work with the other BASCA committees to help to identify areas for professional and creative development for the UK jazz composer. Being based in the Midlands, I am also interested in helping to continue the recent work of the BASCA Jazz Committee in Birmingham, and to establish more of a BASCA presence outside of London.
Supporters: Elisabeth Barratt, Pat Thomas Biography Robinson is an award winning musician. The winner of the 2017 Jazz fm Awards “Live Performance of the year’. In 2015 he received a top 12 placing in the Critics Poll for the Jazz magazine Downbeat in ‘Vibraphonist of the year’ category. The first time a musician from the UK has achieved this accolade. One of the few musicians from the UK to have been signed to ‘Blue Note Records. He was a founder member of “The Jazz Warriors” & recorded & toured with Courtney Pine on his debut. Orphy works with many high profile Jazz & Classical artists including Violinist Nigel Kennedy. He has appeared as a guest soloist or session musician on over 100 albums. Robinson has written for Orchestras, Film, TV, Opera. & Dance. Robinson has producer credits for Carleen Anderson, Nigel Kennedy amongst others. He currently serves as a Trustee on various arts boards. Statement Dear Fellow Member, I wish to stand for re-election to the Jazz Committee to help in the building of a strong lobbying force for musicians and in particular composers working within the genre termed jazz and to continue to campaign for a fair return for their hard work and valuable contributions made to the international musical landscape & environment. There is still a certain amount of ignorance in understanding how pieces are composed, created and developed, especially in a live setting. Improvisation and spontaneous composition are, in many cases, seen as a kryptonite to the usual definition of composition and methods of composing. In addition, over the last 20 years there has been a drastic change in the way musicians and composers are expected to make a living. Many live performances are commanding the same fees as were given in the 1980s which in real terms, is causing a constant and in many cases an unsustainable struggle to meeting the needs of being able to provide for our families or even simply to survive on your own. The cost of living has, in reality, become a cost of surviving which is simply unacceptable. If you have yet to vote, I would be honoured if you cast your vote for me and to encourage others to do so as well. I thank you for your time and support. Orphy Robinson
Supporters: Ed Puddick, Issie Barratt Biography Dave O’Higgins is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator, recording engineer and producer - a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with countless recordings as sideman and 19 albums as leader under his belt. The Dave O’Higgins Quartet recently completed a massive 34-date tour of the UK with the help of awards from the Arts Council of England and PRS Foundation. Current projects: Darius Brubeck Quartet Brubecks Play Brubeck Barnes / O’Higgins and the Sax Section His’n’Hers Abstract Truth Big Band Matt Bianco Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra Dave runs a small jazz recording studio, and teaches at the LCCM. He has toured and recorded with hundreds of artists all over the world. His main apprenticeships were served with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Jim Mullen and Martin Taylor. Also on the CV: Frank Sinatra Ray Charles Jamie Cullum Kyle Eastwood BBC Big Band Statement I have been a professional jazz musician and composer for 30 years now. I have led my own groups from small band to big band over all this time and recorded 19 albums as leader, along with countless others. Recently I have been the co-writer for Matt Bianco. I wrote the recent CD, “Gravity”, which we also recorded in my studio. I recently completed a massive 34 date UK tour with my quartet which was facilitated by successful funding applications to the Arts Council of England and PRS Music Foundation. For me composition and arranging are as important, and totally integrated with, my playing and creative process as a jazz musician. I am excited to see BASCA have introduced a vibrant and very professionally active Jazz Committee, and I’d like to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity for us to share ideas and experiences, and knock our heads together for the collective good. I have been an active Musicians’ Union member for some time now, as an elected member of the London Regional Committee, The Live Performance Section and the Recording and Broadcasting Section and I have attended 3 Biennial conferences - one as an observer and 2 as a delegate. I am familiar with the machinations of working committees, and I consider myself an experienced representative of those working in the jazz sector.
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Ed Puddick Biography Josephine is a saxophonist and composer originally from the Shetland Islands and now living in London. She writes for her own ensembles, which include ‘Satori’, a contemporary jazz trio with bass and drums, and ‘Orenda’, a project that integrates music, poetry and spoken word, with a particular emphasis on poems from and about Shetland. Josephine has also been resident tenorist and composer for the London Jazz Orchestra for the last 10 years, and is now developing her writing with her own jazz orchestra. Having studied classical and jazz saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she went back into education recently in order to earn a doctorate in existential psychotherapy which has heavily influenced her compositional style. www.josephinedavies.co.uk Statement I am passionate about the value of music and believe strongly that musicians and composers should be compensated as fully as possible for our work so that our main focus can remain on the creation of great sound. I am keen to campaign on behalf of composers in all genres so that we are able to make our projects, large or small, into reality. I would also like to help generate a community for composers because it can often be a quite isolating endeavour and a lifestyle in which it is difficult to maintain creativity, energy, and general well-being. I have self-funded the recording of 3 albums of my music, with 2 more due for release over the next year, as well as organized extensive touring throughout the UK with my own bands, and had successful Arts Council applications to support this. I am therefore in a strong position to offer expertise to jazz musicians and composers wanting to record, tour and promote their original music.
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Ed Puddick Biography After having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, I have performed and recorded with highly esteemed musicians in the UK and abroad such as David Binney, Marius Neset and Hermeto Pascoal. I released my 5th album as a leader on Edition Records on March 23rd 2018 and am also a member of Phronesis, an award-winning trio that performs at jazz festivals worldwide. With Phronesis I have had my work performed by ensembles such as the Frankfurt Radio Jazz Orchestra and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. I was made an Associate of the RAM in 2012 and have been a principal lecturer in jazz piano at Leeds College of Music since 2014. “Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation. The 10 years of touring with bands have given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz.” WRITTEN IN JAZZ.' Statement I’m interested in joining the BASCA committee because I’d like to widen recognition and increase understanding of the work of UK jazz composers. There is a huge amount of undiscovered talent in this country that has yet to connect with both UK audiences and the major European markets such as Germany and France. I think it’s important to have an organisation that protects and promotes the interests of UK jazz composers; given time and effort BASCA could be in a strong position to play that role. Awards: Album of the year 2010 - Jazzwise magazine (Phronesis) Album of the year 2010 - MOJO magazine (Phronesis) Best Jazz Act 2011 - MOBO awards (Kairos Quartet) Best Jazz Act 2012 - London Awards for Art and Performance (Phronesis) Jazz Ensemble of the year 2017 – Parliamentary Jazz Awards (Phronesis) Award nominations: UK Jazz Instrumentalist of the year 2012 - Jazz FM awards Best Jazz Act 2014 (nominated) - MOBO awards (Phronesis) Album of the Year 2018 - Jazz FM awards (Phronesis)
Supporters: Issie Barratt, Mark Lockheart Biography Emily Saunders, internationally renowned, critically acclaimed vocalist and composer, her albums have sold worldwide with impressive radio play: “Outsiders Insiders” was heralded as one of The Daily Telegraph’s “Best of 2015”, with multiple 4 star reviews including Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent. Broadcasts nationally on BBC Radio1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & XFM, JazzFM (playlisted) plus on radio stations around the world including USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi, México. She has also achieved international iTunes & Amazon charts inc “Top 10” in UK, USA, Germany, Indonesia, France. Emily is also a radio presenter / producer with her shows The Voice Mix and The Latin Mix on Jazzlondonradio.com, plus regular slots on Australia’s Curved Radio (syndicated nationwide), and she is an events promoter for her organisation TheMixProductions. She has been on BASCA’s Jazz Committee for 3 years, and is CEO of JazzConnects.com. Statement Artistic integrity has always been close to my heart and fundamental to my life. Therefore in this tough world of streaming and the ‘have it now’ culture we all live within, the appropriate and successful monetization of art is a priority for me; to enable us all to continue to create confidently and with longevity. I have lots of experience within committees and boards, having been chair of the WayOutWest Jazz Collective for a number of years, and a Trustee Director of JazzUK. I have been on the BASCA Jazz Committee for 3 years and found it a fulfilling and constructive forum. Within all these environments I have aimed to collaborate and lobby, to enable us to look after our professional and financial interests in the music business. Of particular interest to me is the value of our compositional rights - PRS MCPS PPL, and the improving of streaming percentages for rights holders, and PRS performance rates for jazz. As a performer, composer, producer, broadcaster and CEO of JazzConnects.com, I am directly interested in connections and collaborations with existing organisations (as together our voices are stronger). Thereby making sure that we broker national and international partnerships, and develop further existing opportunities for all concerned in composition.
Media Committee Candidates (uncontested)
As only 12 candidates stood for the 12 Media Committee places, there will be no vote, and the 12 candidates below will automatically become the BASCA Media Committee.
Supporters: Gavin Greenaway, Nainita Desai Biography 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. Election Statement The current political climate in which we find ourselves in continues to grow evermore uncertain. Those who work in the creative arts are especially liable to feeling the gross effects of drastic financial cuts to the arts sector. If we focus on the music industry specifically, there is an abundance of evidence for this: up until very recently, our beloved Air Studios has been under threat of closure despite its integral importance to the British film industry. The potential loss of this iconic scoring stage would have resulted in a significant loss of work to our cherished and world renowned orchestral session musicians. The impact of this loss would have mightily reduced Britain's role in the global film industry. The closure of music departments in government funded educational institutions are also at an all time high. Those who do not have the financial means to get a musical eduction outside of state funded education do not have the chance to explore music as a potential future career or even a hobby. This is a very small sample of evidence that leads me to believe that the basic needs and well-being of Britain's working musicians and music enthusiasts are becoming increasingly overlooked in todays society. It would be a privilege to represent the needs of our current music practitioners within the media industry, and help to communicate and put forward what is required for us to carry out our work in the knowledge that we have fair rights.
Supporters: Marie-Anne Fischer, Jonathan Vincent Biography 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. Election Statement I'm a composer who has worked professionally in our industry for the past 30 years with clients both here in the UK and throughout the world. I have also at one time been a committee member of PCAM, have given talks advising composers and students on our industry at the RCM plus colleges and schools throughout the country and I have dealt first hand with contractual negotiations with clients as varied as Hollywood film studios, BBC Worldwide, advertising agencies and independent documentary producers. Anybody that knows me will tell you that I'm a vocal supporter of composers rights and that I quite rightly see the importance of guarding what rights we have and where possible improving the rights, working conditions and practices of media composers. I see the shift to online viewing and pressure to give up publishing as the two main issues facing composers today and I would love to be involved with BASCA'S efforts to support composers in that. I'm a passionate advocate for gender and race equality and can see that this is something our industry needs to work at to ensure a level playing field and to offer positive encouragement and support to all our members to achieve it.
Supporters: Victoria Horn, Chris Banks Biography 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. Election Statement Dear BASCA Members, this is a crucial time for our organisation to galvanise and defend the rights of music creators and I would appreciate your vote for the BASCA Media Committee. When I joined BASCA as a fledging composer, the support and time given to me by other writers was invaluable and I am committed to giving the same back. The media landscape is currently in a state of extreme flux and the issues are myriad: the rise of Netflix and other streaming services, BBC Studios, PRS distribution errors, the relinquishing of publishing rights to secure jobs, falling commissioning fees and the phasing out of music from the curriculum. If you vote for me, I will work with my fellow colleagues to achieve the following:- Campaigning: Engaging directly with the relevant parties, be it the BBC, PRS, publishers or parliament and have face to face discussions about the issues. The Media Committee should be a robust and dynamic force, challenging issues while defending creator’s rights. Community: The recent Media Composers Conference was a great success and it’s vital we have more events like this where we can meet up, share concerns and experiences. As a vibrant community, we’re stronger. Education: BASCA is reaching out to colleges and universities with seminars and this must continue. It’s vital that future generations are aware of their rights. It has been an honour to serve on the Media Committee and with your vote, I promise to continue standing up for our community.
Supporters: Michael Price, Nainita Desai, Crispin Hunt Biography 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!). Election Statement I have been a member of BASCA’s Media Committee since last century and have sat on the Board for the past four years. Under the recent Chairmanship of Crispin Hunt, BASCA has been reinvented with overwhelming support for our re-drafted Articles and restructured Board which will sit for the first time after these elections. I have been instrumental in driving forward these necessary changes, making sure BASCA will be a more effective force in pushing its mission statement and helping British writers. As ever our rights are under threat from the streamers and the producers wanting ever more stringent buyouts in a world of decreasing fees. We must retain our close association with PRS for Music and protect the Exclusive Assignment. Our imminent departure from Europe poses problems for those of us who tour, as well as those working with European producers so it is important we fight for strong European Copyright law and maintain our ties with our colleagues in ECSA, on whose film and audiovisual committee I represent BASCA. In this rapidly-changing world, BASCA must continue to look forward, fighting unfair contracts, piracy, and the unequal distribution of streaming royalties that affects all of us, as well helping to celebrate and champion the best of British music and its creators. Twitter: @markayresrws
Supporters: Crispin Hunt, Marc Sylvan Biography 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. Election Statement In 2018, and as with many other areas within the creative and music industries, there are very important live conversations and tracks/trends being discussed around how to not only support and protect bespoke and composed music's value within the media, but also what the influence of SVOD (Streaming Video on Demand) will do to back-end royalty payments for composers. I want to have a voice that can participate in the discussion as to how composers can maintain equity in their cues and be fairly remunerated for their work so as to maintain sustainability in an industry where it can sometimes (in terms of fees, rights and equity splits in composing for media) appear to be a challenging landscape. To that end I have in my career been very vocal about the conversation around composers and rights and fees in the media. I have spoken across the globe including many times at SXSW, about how composers can better work in the media; including participating in sessions around the value of composed music in trailers, TV promos, children's media and the critical role of music metadata to help track royalties. I have facilitated sessions with all UK and some US PROs in many music conferences exploring these same issues; and have chaired and moderated many sessions with heads of music for media and music supervisors in which the conversation has been around protecting and developing creator rights in this area. I would welcome the opportunity to work with BASCA on all.
Supporters: Kevin Sargent, Mark Ayres Biography 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. Election Statement I write bespoke scores for Film and TV for and have scored hundreds of Oscar, Bafta, and Emmy winning projects for all the major broadcasters including the BBC, C4, ITV, C5, HBO, SKY, Discovery, Film4 and the BFI and was nominated for RTS and won Music+Sound Awards for Best Original Music. I devote my spare time to working with BASCA, mentoring young composers, lecture in film music and run a short course in Media Music at Goldsmiths College. I also give talks at film festivals and music conferences ranging from South Africa and Copenhagen to the RCM, SOAS (University of London), Sensoria Pro, Bath Film Festival. With BASCA I organized the Media Composer Conference that took place recently at the Barbican. Through my work at BASCA I have helped promote, make aware, educate and encourage young composers as well as help campaign with the PRS on copyright issues affecting the erosion of our rights and income streams and have also had articles and interviews in leading film and music industry magazines. Being a busy working composer I am also very active within the composer social community and personally face on a regular basis many of the issues facing our industry.I am dedicated to helping maintain and develop a stronger sense of community, and encouraging a gender balance within the industry. Please vote for me. I am dedicated, passionate and care about our futures. http://www.nainitadesai.com Face Book: Nainita Desai Twitter: @nainitadesai
Supporters: Nainita Desai, Kevin Sargent Biography 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. Election Statement The Library World. As a full time library composer I hope to bring a new perspective to the Committee that can inform discussions on retaining writer’s royalty shares. The business of making money from music has changed considerably over the last 10 years and there is a squeeze on revenue streams – but despite the inevitable tension between those who make and those who sell, I do not believe this squeeze should be borne alone by writers. In addition to the time I have spent writing library music I have also composed for film, performing ensembles and dance companies which I feel offers me insight into those worlds where other BASCA members make their living. A Regional View I live and work in the Midlands which enables me to offer a regional view of the work that BASCA does. It is inevitable that BASCA is well represented by those who live and work in and around London so I hope that my presence on the Committee will offer an alternative point of view. Lobbying I have a long background in both community arts and local political campaigning. I am able to communicate effectively in meetings and to present confidently and cogently at public events, which is a necessary skill when lobbying for the rights of BASCA members. I hope this experience will be an asset to BASCA.
Supporters: Mark Ayres, Nainita Desai, Paul Farrer Biography 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. Election Statement Hello fellow BASCA members. I've been fortunate to work mainly as a media composer over the last 30 years or so and I've seen some mighty big changes over that time, none so much as in the seismic shifts in the last few years. I really appreciate how important our rights are and how they have totally helped sustain my career. Now more than ever those fundamental rights for all of us, are under attack from the huge global Televison players. If we're not careful they could disappear totally. I know how it feels for us to have the passion and drive to make music, and the frustration and disappointment when trying to make it in the TV business. The rights of the deal are too easy to put to the side when wanting your music heard . I have met many new and hopeful students leaving university wanting to work in the industry who don't know about their rights and the PRS. Consequently we become easy prey to having our budgets slashed and our rights eaten into, in the yearning to get our music heard. This is why we need BASCA now more than ever, to spread the "rights" word as much as we can, to campaign, and fight together, support eachother and our creativity in the face of the corporate TV giants. I am completely up for continuing to do as much as I can to help, and would be honoured if you would support me with your vote.
Supporters: Paul Farrer, Claire Batchelor, Marc Sylvan Biography 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. Election Statement During the past 25 years I have composed extensively for video games, film, TV, production library music and advertising so am well placed to be up to speed with current issues facing media composers. Previously I have served on the Board of the Game Audio Network Guild, the Board of BASCA, as well as BASCA’s Media Committee. I also currently sit on the Commercial Advisory Group at PRS for Music. I am committed to fight the erosion of rights and our livelihoods as composers, and I believe in joining the dots with the right people and companies. I am also keen to hold individuals and companies to account, where necessary, in a professional and business like manner, whilst sticking to our core principles. I am also keen to support my fellow colleagues, as well as BASCA’s overall strategies and goals, whilst contributing to the community.
Supporters: Richard Jacques, Nathan Timothy Biography 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. Election Statement When I joined BASCA it was a bit of an old boys club to be honest. Thankfully under terrific leadership from Vick and her staff as well as steady guidance from the incredible Crispin Hunt we have transformed and reformed ourselves into a lean, efficient, inclusive and brilliant place. Change is never easy and it’s been a difficult couple of years for us but we have emerged stronger and better than I’d ever thought possible. The Media Committee has taken up a huge number of challenges facing our members and I’m really proud to have served on your behalf. The calibre of media composers in the room at our meetings is humbling and makes me feel lucky to be considered part of such a busy and high profile group of guys and girls. From dealing with tricky broadcasters, coercive publishing, copyright erosion and all manner of issues that impact us all - we are at the busy coalface of our industry and can respond (often privately) with diplomacy and sometimes outrage when appropriate - because what impacts one of us - impacts ALL composers in the BASCA family and beyond. So I’m looking for your vote to keep up this fight on your behalf. Cheers!
Supporters: Nainita Desai, Gavin Greenaway, Victoria Horn Biography 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. Election Statement I would be delighted to continue work within the Media Committee. I look forward to BASCA being a robust champion of creators’ rights in the UK and in Europe, and to hold PRS and other rights organisations to account.
Supporters: Paul Plant, Nainita Desai Biography 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) Election Statement 'If you want something done, ask a busy person'... Right now at the age of 52, I am very happy to say, I am more busy than I've ever been! I'm really very fortunate to have steered a path which has allowed me to make a decent living from writing & producing music for media. One of the most important aspects of my career is understanding and protecting my rights, it's the part of the industry I will never stop learning about and as my life has taken me through a myriad of TV, Radio & music experiences, I hopefully bring all that to the table at the BASCA Media committee meetings. I am also a huge believer in maintaining a positive attitude to the future of media on all levels and I would like to see BASCA leading the way in educating, informing but above all enthusing future generations of creators, so they can carve a financially fruitful and personally satisfying career.