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Moët & Chandon Grand Scores 2017 – Last night, for the forth time, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) in partnership with Moet & Chandon hosted a special evening to honour some of the greatest composers in international film music.

As official content partner of the Grand Scores, ECSA was in charge of providing a high class international jury consisting of film composers to ensure a fair and committed selection procedure in what is considered to be the most renowned peer-to-peer film music award.

As members of ECSA, BASCA was invited to nominate three eligible works by UK composers for consideration. BASCA’s Media Executive Committee put forward the score for ‘High Rise’ in the category ‘Best Orchestral Score’ by Clint Mansell, the score for ‘Steve Jobs’ in the category ‘Best Electro-acoustic Score’ by Daniel Pemberton and the score for ‘Marcella’ by Lorne Balfe for ‘Best original Music for a series’.

We’re delighted that last night Clint Mansell won the Best Orchestral Score award for the film “High Rise”.
Full winners list

Best Orchestral Score – Gaute Storaas for “En Man Som Heter Ove” (A Man Called Ove)
Best Orchestral Score – Clint Mansell for “High Rise
Best Electro-Acoustic Score – Sophia Ersson for “Pojkarna” (Girls Lost)
Best Original Music for a Series – Victor Reyes for “The Night Manager
Outstanding Contribution – Lalo Schifrin

ivors2BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, is celebrating the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday 18th May 2017.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, for works released in the UK within the award year.

The Call for Entries in the following categories for works released in 2016 is now open:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Best Contemporary Song
Album Award
Best Original Film Score
Best Television Soundtrack

Anyone can enter an eligible work and the deadline for entries is Monday 6th February 2017.

The Rules and Guidelines for Entry and the Entry Form can be requested from Cindy Truong – cindy@basca.org.uk

BASCA announces the twelve exceptional individuals who will collect a Gold Badge Award on Monday 3rd October in recognition of their unique contribution to music.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chairman said: “It is a great pleasure for BASCA to celebrate the creativity, inspiration, taste and genius included in this year’s list of Gold Badge Award recipients. Each of these remarkable individuals has helped shape the architecture of the music Britain loves in their own unique and significant way. For BASCA’s community of songwriters and composers to be able to congratulate and pay tribute to their influence in our profession at this joyous event is an honour. It’ll be a good one.”

Neil Brand
BASCA Gold Badge Awards 2016 (12)

Liane Carroll

Ray Davies CBE – presented in association with PPL

Paddy Grafton Green – presented in association with PRS for Music

Sally Groves MBE

Sir Karl Jenkins – presented in association with BMI

Dame Cleo Laine

Janice Long

Gillian Moore MBE

Don Reedman

Hamish Stuart

Nathan Timothy

 

For more information visit www.goldbadgeawards.com and to purchase tickets please email fran@basca.org.uk

The 2016 BASCA Gold Badge Awards are sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music and take place on Monday 3rd October at The Savoy, London.

 

The 41st BASCA Gold Badge Awards at the Savoy in London on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Photo by Mark Allan

The 41st BASCA Gold Badge Awards at the Savoy in London on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.
Photo by Mark Allan

John McLeod receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

BASCA would like to congratulate composer John McLeod, one of our long-standing members, who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  McLeod, who studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, is one of Scotland’s most prolific composers. His music is performed throughout the world and is distinctive for its colourful and challenging arrangements.

In 1979, he won the prestigious Guinness Prize for British composers, which resulted in a major commission from the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 and was the recipient of a Gold Badge Award in 2014. He sat on the board of BASCA from 2000-2004 and in 2012 he was re-elected on to the Classical/Jazz Executive Committee of BASCA for another 3 years.

John said: “This award is a wonderful surprise and I’m delighted and deeply honoured. It must, however, be shared with my family, friends, colleagues, performers and all the orchestras who have supported me and believed in my music over many years.”

Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, who has been a stalwart presence on the British music scene for many decades, was knighted for his services to music and charity.  Dame Vera Lynn has been made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to entertainment and charity. Professor Colin Lawson, who recently celebrated ten years as Director of the Royal College of Music, has been appointed a CBE.

Other musicians and composers who were recognised in the list included trumpeter Alison Balsom pianist Paul Lewis, organist John Kitchen and soul singer Ruby Turner. Balsom who has won three Classic BRIT Awards was awarded an OBE. Lewis, widely recognised for his performances and recordings of all 32 of the Beethoven piano sonatas, was named a CBE.  Kitchen, who was a senior lecturer in music at Edinburgh University (until retiring in 2014), and Turner, whose career spans 30 years, both received MBEs.

UK music industry business leaders were also recognised. Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge was knighted for services to British business and inward investment.  Music business consultant Remileku (Remi) Omolara Harris, formerly of AIM and UK Music, was given an MBE for services to the music industry.

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BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, announce the nominations for the 61st Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors will take place on Thursday 19th May at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are presented by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] and are judged by the UK songwriting and composing community. They have been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974.

“The Ivors were created to celebrate the best in British and Irish songwriting and composing.  As we move into our 61st year BASCA is delighted that these nominations reflect the health and diversity of UK music and include a raft of first-time nominees alongside past winners.  Congratulations to everyone represented here today.” Stephen McNeff, BASCA Chairman

The 2016 nominations are for works released in the UK during 2015 and recognise the songwriters and composers of these works, along with their UK music publisher.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Bloodstream
Written by Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Amir Izadkhah, Gary Lightbody, Johnny McDaid, Leon Rolle and Ed Sheeran
Performed by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental
Published in the UK by Ed Sheeran Limited – Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing and Polar Patrol Publishing

Bros
Written by Ellen Rowsell
Performed by Wolf Alice
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Wasn’t Expecting That
Written & Performed by Jamie Lawson
Published in the UK by Imagem Music

Best Contemporary Song

All My Friends
Written by James Carter, Oliver Lee, Cass Lowe and Chance The Rapper
Performed by Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Cargo
Written by FRED and Roots Manuva
Performed by Roots Manuva
Published in the UK by Promised Land Music – Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Just Isn’t Music Ltd

Shutdown
Written by Ragz Originale and Skepta
Performed by Skepta
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Hold Back The River
Written by Iain Archer and James Bay
Performed by James Bay
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing and Spirit B-Unique Music

Hold My Hand
Written by Janée ‘Jin Jin’ Bennett, Jess Glynne and Jack Patterson

Jack Patterson

Jack Patterson

Performed by Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing, BMG UK – Black Butter Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

King
Written by Michael Goldsworthy, Mark Ralph, Oliver Thornton and Emre Turkmen
Performed by Years & Years
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Album Award

Darling Arithmetic
Written by Conor O’Brien
Performed by Villagers
Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company

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Conor O’Brien – Villagers

In Colour
Written & Performed by Jamie xx
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Matador
Written & Performed by Gaz Coombes
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Best Original Film Score­­­­­­­­­­­­

Ex_Machina
Composed by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Pan
Composed by John Powell
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

The Duke of Burgundy
Composed by Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira
Published in the UK by BMG UK and Universal Music Publishing

Best Television Soundtrack

And Then There Were None
Composed by Stuart Earl
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV

From Darkness
Composed by Edmund Butt
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing

London Spy
Composed by Keefus Ciancia and David Holmes
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Kobalt Music Publishing

 

On the 19th May, BASCA will also present awards to songwriters and composers in recognition of their contribution to British Music. These awards will be:

International Achievement
Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Song Collection
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
PRS for Music Special International Award
The Ivors Classical Music Award
The Ivors Inspiration Award

BASCA will also present the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year for 2015.

The 61st Ivor Novello Awards take place on Thursday 19th May from 11.30am to 4.30pm at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

For more information please visit The Ivors website

 

 

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The nominations for the 2016 Jazz FM Awards have been announced. The most prestigious ceremony in the jazz, soul and blues calendar is this year taking place on Tuesday 26th April at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom and will feature a performance by Gregory Porter, who will also receive the Jazz Impact Award.

Once again the public will be able to vote for the winner of three categories Album of the year, UK Jazz Act of the Year and Live Experience of the Year. Voting will be open from 24th February to the 31st March via the Awards website. This year also sees the addition of a new award, the Digital Initiative Award, that has been created to recognise a musician who has harnessed the power of technology to engage with audiences.

In the category of Instrumentalist of the Year we have our own Jazz Executive Member Mark Lockheart nominated along with BASCA member Zoe Rahman, so please do access the Jazz FM Awards website to place your votes.

This year’s nominees also include Kamasi Washington who is up for two awards Album of the Year and International Jazz Artist of the Year following the success of his 2015 album ‘The Epic’. US trumpeter Christian Scott has also received two nominations for Album Of The Year and Jazz Innovation of the Year after his genre bending work on the album ‘STRETCH Music’. Rounding off the trio of double nominees is prodigious newcomer Jacob Collier who is nominated for Breakthrough Act of the Year and the new Digital Initiative Award after independently gaining over 10 million views on Youtube.

Other categories include Soul Artist of the Year whose nominees include US vocalist Jill Scott, Leon Bridges fresh from the release of his debut album ‘Coming Home’ and Lizz Wright. Blues Artist of the Year will see Albama Shakes, Buddy Guy and guitarist Gary Clark Junior battle it out. Other home-grown talent is once again celebrated in the UK Jazz Act of the Year category which sees nominations for Manchester based DJ, bandleader and trumpeter Matthew Halsall, London duo Binker & Moses and 4-piece jazz group Sons of Kemet.

“We are delighted to announce this year’s Jazz FM Awards nominees celebrating the extraordinary work from established international Grammy-winning superstars to up and coming homegrown talent, this is sure to be our biggest and best year yet” Jonathan Arendt, CEO, Jazz FM

The Jazz FM Awards 2016 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious.

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Interview by Stephen Jones

Chris WrightONE week after he received his BASCA Gold Badge Award, Chris Wright apologises for the state of his new offices on Kensington High Street as he is “still unpacking”.
Yet the first items to be unwrapped already display signs of the significant career in music he has forged, from the various framed photos of himself dotted around the office with former world leaders to the vintage Wurlitzer Jukebox containing some of the hits he signed as boss of Chrysalis.
Wright’s achievements as an independent operator in music are up there with those of Richard Branson at Virgin and Chris Blackwell at Island. So it’s somewhat incredulous to hear this multi-millionaire executive – who Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant still refers to as “The Colonel” – lament: “It’s hard for me to get awards,…”

After fifty years plus in the business – the first half in recording and second in publishing and with an enviable slew of achievements too numerous to mention (see CV breakout below) – Wright explains why this award (which recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to songwriters) ultimately really matters to him.
“Years ago someone said Richard Branson was a businessman pretending to be a music man and I was a music man pretending to be a businessman,” he replies when asked if he still thinks of himself as an A&R man?

Farmer’s son Wright fell into the business almost accidentally, when he moved in 1962 to university in Manchester where he became social secretary and “a music fan” at a time the North West was “exploding” with the likes of The Beatles, The Hollies, Freddie and the Dreamers and Herman’s Hermits.
“Up until then everything that ever happened in music really came from London and suddenly it came from Liverpool and Manchester and I just caught up in it all,…” he explains. “When I went there I really didn’t know much about (the music business) but I had the capacity to learn about it and became absorbed in it.”
But working in the live sector wasn’t enough. After managing the Jaybirds – who became Ten Years After – he went on to become the Chris in Chrysalis with his co-founder and another former social secretary Terry Ellis (formerly the Ellis Wright Agency which live repped Led Zeppelin among other clients). From a successful early deal for Jethro Tull on Island Records, which led to Blackwell giving them an imprint, Wright remained for the most part, staunchly independent throughout his career. It was a decision which probably ensured Chrysalis kept consistently cutting edge enough to sign artists and songwriters as varied as David Bowie, Leo Sayer, Blondie, The Specials, Sinead O’Connor, Go West, Paul Hardcastle, David Gray, Billy Idol, Laura Marling,… (see our Spotify Playlist below of 12 Songs That Have Shaped Chris Wright’s Life In Music for a taster).

The one thing that links all Wright’s achievements is the timeless quality of the songs that ended up sporting the infamous Chrysalis butterfly logo, but does he feel that the song has lost its importance in the modern music business? “Well, I think as you look back, the song has always been really important, even when you look back to times when you didn’t think the song was important, in retrospect it was,” explains Wright.
“Now it’s very much about the dance beat and the feel,… obviously with urban music and rap you feel the song isn’t as important as it used to be, but I wonder if we look back on this era we will see that the song is there whether we saw them there at the time or not – because even if it’s a rap record, it’s still basically a song.

“In the very, very, early days, you didn’t think the song was important because the artists I worked with did Blues songs – it was all ‘I woke up this morning…’, ‘I want to catch the southbound train…’, ‘My girl left me…”, ‘I feel blue…’ but actually that’s what most songs are about anyway.
“Most songs come down to be like an Adele album – it’s mainly about problems in love, relationships or emotional problems. Those early Blues songs were much more basic versions of a more elaborate song someone might write today.

“Of course, there were more elaborate songs at that time but the first person I was involved with who did ‘song songs’ was Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull who was originally the singer in a blues band but he morphed into becoming something completely different and writing songs that were nothing to do with catching southbound trains.”

Another thing that didn’t change over the years was Wright’s approach to A&R. As it churned out the hits, Chrysalis had also became a powerhouse for its development of young execs who went on to have significant careers in music. Weekly A&R meetings in its heyday – featuring the likes of Doug D’Arcy, Roy Eldridge, Chris Briggs and Simon Fuller – were long discussions (powered by “fish & chips and M&S trifles with custard on top”) about acts scouts had seen performing live, rarely dissections of submitted demo tapes.

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards held at the Savoy, London on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2015. Photo by Mark Allan

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards held at the Savoy, London on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2015.
Photo by Mark Allan

“We weren’t really a pop company, we were a live artist company,” Wright recalls. “When I was signing artists I always said to people,… it didn’t matter where I was or who we were looking at, we’d go and see them in all of the clubs at the time, Dingwalls, The Marquee, The Hope & Anchor or clubs in (Greenwich) Village in New York, CBGBs or somewhere,… but I’d always say ‘but can you see them on stage at Madison Square Garden?’
“Because I was always trying to look for somebody who had something special and could deliver on the big stage. It was about the artist and the performer, because I came from the live environment, but it gradually became more and more about the songs.”
He recalls discussions about early live shows of the fledgling Spandau Ballet and The Specials were particularly exciting and ebullient conversations. And graduating to listening to demos was pioneered in A&R meetings in the late Eighties by Ron Fair around the time of Go West (one success Wright wishes had been more successful, but were “definitely not” a live act at the start). Whether it was The Specials’ Free Nelson Mandela, Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U or Chesney Hawkes’ The One And Only, looking back Wright’s best memories centre around the biggest songs.

“I’ve always wanted artists that can write songs, because actually if you can’t write songs what’s going to make you different from everybody else?,” he asks. “You can say ‘well, there’s lots of people around with great voices’. Frank Sinatra didn’t write songs, Tina Turner had some huge records with songs people got for her, Rod Stewart didn’t write all of his songs, but he made them great songs even if he didn’t write them,… but really it’s the song and it’s the interpretation of the song.

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards held at the Savoy, London on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2015. Photo by Mark Allan

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards held at the Savoy, London on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2015.
Photo by Mark Allan

Leo Sayer (fellow Gold Badge winner) went in the opposite direction, he started off as a really great writer for the Roger Daltrey album, then became completely focused on his own songs, and then started doing other people’s songs and became more of a performer having enormous hits, like When I Need You by Albert Hammond and Carol Bayer Sager.”

Wright describes it as impossible to admit to the music community which were his favourite signings, describing it as akin to having to declare which is your favourite child. He cautiously replies: “I could say Blondie, because Blondie was the biggest, but it isn’t just about that. Everybody was important. Everybody was a human being and a creative talent and someone I worked with. My contribution varied from one to another. Some I was more able to influence than others. I contributed in my own little way to lots of different things.”

Unlike many of his contemporaries however, Wright can talk with apparent refreshing honesty about the signings that got away. “When I heard the first Dire Straits album – I’m a guitar fan really – I asked ‘how come we missed this? They said ‘you were at the meeting!’, but I couldn’t believe it, so I trawled back through the minutes, and proved I wasn’t at the meeting! In fact the minutes said Chris Briggs had said they were good but ‘very, very boring live’.
“And I would have liked to have signed The Faces, the latter Faces with Rod Stewart, it was (Ten Years After frontman) Alvin Lee who persuaded me not to sign them, I think he thought they would be competition for my time and my steer, so he stopped me doing that which was a great shame.
images“And we signed David Bowie for publishing and he made the Hunky Dory album but my partner Terry didn’t like it,… we would have had Bowie for records, but I’m not sure whether we would have done a great job on him as he wasn’t quite our artist,… but Dire Straits and Rod Stewart and The Faces would have been right up our street!”

And he’s as honest and equally forthcoming about A&R mistakes – he regrets allowing the follow up to Paul Hardcastle’s 19, a song about the Vietnam War which touched people worldwide, with a song about The Great Train Robbery, which meant nothing to the rest of the world, flopped at No.19 and led to Simon Fuller leaving Chrysalis to launch 19 Management.

Having parted ways with Ellis in 1985 Wright also admits he regrets selling the Chrysalis recorded division at the turn of the Nineties to Thorn EMI, although shareholders forced his hand. Moreover though, he admits had they not, it’s less likely he’d have been propelled into the other successes he’s enjoyed in TV (launching Midsomer Murders, broadcast on 225 TV channels worldwide) and commercial radio (launching the Heart brand, eventually selling the business known today as Global Radio) without that impetus.

Those successes – and after selling Chrysalis Publishing to BMG Rights in 2009 – led him to be named in The Sunday Times’ Rich List of 1,000 wealthiest Brits. And certainly afforded dalliances in sport – racehorses, rugby and football. Not bad for a farmer’s lad who started off in music as a university social secretary.
Yet despite all the current changes in the music business, Wright claims if starting out today, he’d do it exactly the same way: “Is there another way, I don’t know?”

Watch the video of the interview here

Chris Wright’s autobiography One Way Or Another – My Life in Music, Sport And Entertainment is available on Omnibus Press.

Chris Wright Abbreviated CV

1944 – Born in Louth, Lincolnshire, son of a farmer
1962 – Attends Manchester University, starts booking bands
1966 – Discovers and manages the Jaybirds, who become Ten Years After
1968 – Co-founds Chrysalis with Terry Ellis, licences Jethro Tull to Chris Blackwell’s Island
1976 – Suggests adding sax to Leo Sayer’s When I Need You which tops US and UK charts
1977 – Chrysalis signs Blondie who sell 40m albums worldwide, label becomes home of new wave
1979 – Offers The Specials a label deal for their 2-Tone imprint spearheading ska revival
1980 – Signs Ultravox and Spandau Ballet in same year ahead of New Romantic movement
1982 – As chairman of the BPI, launches the forerunner to The Brit Awards
1983 – Billy Idol’s second LP Rebel Yell becomes a major success worldwide
1985 – Buys out Terry Ellis’ 50% stake in Chrysalis which goes public
1986 – Buys the Ensign label, delivering big hits with The Waterboys and Sinead O’Connor
1986-1990 – Other deals deliver success with Go West, Paul Hardcastle and The Housemartins
1990/1 – Shareholders force records’ sale to Thorn EMI after last No.1 with Chesney Hawkes
1991 – Chrysalis Group moves into television, most notably delivers Midsomer Murders
1994 – Launches the Echo label which delivers Babybird, Feeder and Moloko
1994 – Chrysalis Group moves into commercial radio, most notably launching Heart brand
1999 – Final number one with Cliff Richard’s The Millennium Prayer on the Papillon imprint
2007 – Radio interests sold to what becomes Global Radio for £170m
2010 – BMG Rights buys Chrysalis Publishing for £107m, including songs by David Gray, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne, Paul Anka and Rod Temperton’s biggest hits for Michael Jackson

12 Songs That Have Shaped Chris Wright’s Life In Music

1. Jethro Tull – Living In The Past
2. David Bowie – Life On Mars
3. Leo Sayer – When I Need You
4. The Specials – Too Much Too Young
5. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
6. Ultravox – Vienna
7. Spandau Ballet – True or Gold
8. Paul Hardcastle – 19
9. Sinead O’Conner – Nothing Compares 2 U
10. Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
11. David Gray – Babylon
12. Laura Marling – Ghosts

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BASCA will present the 42nd Gold Badge Awards, sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music, on Tuesday 13th October at The Savoy, London.

Founded in 1974, the BASCA Gold Badge Awards recognise exceptional people from right across the music industry who have worked in support of British songwriters and composers. They are an opportunity for BASCA and its members to thank an outstanding group of men and women who have made a unique contribution to British music.

BASCA announce the following 2015 recipients:

* Michael Eaton (presented in association with PRS for Music)
* Peter Gabriel (presented in association with PPL)
* Mark King (presented in association with BMI)
* John Logan
* Del Newman
* Tom Robinson (presented in association with the Musicians’ Union)
* Leo Sayer
* Iain Sutherland
* Claire Whitaker OBE
* Kim Wilde
* Norma Winstone MBE
* Chris Wright CBE

Stephen McNeff, Chairman of BASCA said: “BASCA is delighted to recognise the unique contribution each person announced today has made to the professional lives of songwriters and composers.  This is a truly diverse and inspirational group of people, champions of British music who have worked in the public eye and behind the scenes to ensure music is heard and thrives.  BASCA takes pride in the opportunity to honour them at the Gold Badge Awards on 13th October.”

The 42nd BASCA Gold Badge Awards are hosted by Guy Fletcher OBE and follow a lunch at The Savoy, London on Tuesday 13th October.

For more information on the recipients or to order tickets, visit www.goldbadgeawards.com or contact

Fran Matthews
BASCA
fran@basca.org.uk – 020 7636 2929

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british-composer-awards (1)BASCA announced Nominations Open for the 2015 British Composer Awards

The British Composer Awards celebrate the work of contemporary composers in the UK and honour emerging forms of classical, jazz and ‘sonic art’.

Nominations are now open across twelve categories for works that received their UK première between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. The awards are a valuable showcase for contemporary composers; as such BASCA encourages anyone with a passion for new music to nominate eligible works.

To nominate a work for the British Composer Awards, please click the following link:

Nominate a work for the British Composer Awards

Nominations close on Tuesday 7 July and full rules and guidelines for entry can be reviewed via the website.

“We were delighted with the diversity of the nominations for the 2014 awards and hope that the ease of making nominations digitally will widen the reach of the awards even further.” – Artistic Directors Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon

The 13th Annual British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. They are presented in association with BBC Radio 3 who provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the award ceremony.

For more information about the 2015 British Composer Awards please contact us

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BASCA, in association with PRS for Music,  has announced its nominations for The Ivors 2015.

The 2015 nominations are for works released in the UK during 2014 and recognise the songwriters and composers of works, along with their UK music publisher. The Awards will take place on May 21st.

 

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Above The Clouds Of Pompeii
Written by Andrew Davie
Performed by Bear’s Den
Published in the UK by Communion Publishing

I Forget Where We Were
Written and Performed by Ben Howard
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

Take Me To Church
Written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Performed by Hozier
Published in the UK by Sony/ATV Music Publishing – The Evolving Music Company

Best Contemporary Song

Every Other Freckle
Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton
Performed by alt-J
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Two Weeks
Written by Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Emile Haynie
Performed by FKA Twigs
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis / Universal Music Publishing

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

Budapest
Written by George Ezra Barnett and Joel Pott
Performed by George Ezra
Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis

Rather Be
Written by James Napier and Jack Patterson
Performed by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Stay With Me
Written by James Napier, William Phillips and Sam Smith
Performed by Sam Smith
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing – Salli Isaak Songs – Method Paperwork / Naughty Words Ltd – Stellar Songs Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Album Award

Present Tense
Written by Thomas Fleming, Ben Little, Christopher Talbot and Hayden Thorpe
Performed by Wild Beasts
Published in the UK by Domino Publishing Company

Royal Blood
Written by Michael Kerr and Ben Thatcher
Performed by Royal Blood
Published in the UK Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

So Long, See You Tomorrow
Written by Jack Steadman
Performed by Bombay Bicycle Club
Published in the UK by Imagem Music

Best Original Film Score­­­­­­­­­­­­

‘71
Composed by David Holmes
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

Mr. Turner
Composed by Gary Yershon
Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing

The Boxtrolls
Composed by Dario Marianelli
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd

Best Television Soundtrack

The Honourable Woman
Composed by Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
Published in the UK by Imagem FTV / Du Vinage Publishing

The Mill – Series 2
Composed by Samuel Sim
Published in the UK by Du Vinage Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Beyond the Pale
Composed by Edmund Butt
Published in the UK by Bucks Music Group / Imagem FTV

BASCA Chairman, Simon Darlow says: “BASCA is delighted that in their 60th year The Ivors nominations continue to reflect the health and diversity of British and Irish songwriting and composing.  These awards were created to raise the profile of our best creative talent and today’s nominations, which include a host of fresh new writers, demonstrate that The Ivors continue to achieve this.  Congratulations to everyone represented here today.”

BASCA will also present awards to songwriters and composers in recognition of their contribution to British Music. These awards will be:

Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Song Collection
PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
PRS for Music Special International Award
Songwriter of the Year
The Ivors Classical Music Award
The Ivors Inspiration Award
The Ivors Special Anniversary Award

BASCA will also announce its 18th BASCA Fellowship as part of the 60th Ivor Novello Awards.  

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are presented by BASCA [British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors] and are judged by the UK songwriting and composing community. They have been sponsored by
PRS for Music since 1974.

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