Every 3 years, the BASCA membership elect BASCA members to represent them on one of our four Genre Committees. This year, members are also able to elect 6 BASCA members directly to the Board, who do not sit on a Genre Committee.
Join a BASCA Genre Committee
Over the last 3 years, some key highlights of the BASCA Committee’s activities have been:
- Strengthening the UK’s position within Europe with attendance at the biannual ECSA conferences and members works played at most European Contemporary Composer Orchestra performances.
- Building stronger relationships with organisations such as UK Music, BBC Worldwide, BBC Radio 3, the SCL, and MCNA, UKEGMS, the AMPAS and many more.
- Committee members also form an integral part of the Ivors Committee, British Composer Award Committee and Gold Badge Awards Committee.
BASCA’s genre committees have also helped to develop over 55 events per year across the UK including:
- The Media Composer Conference which has now become a well-attended high profile event
- An annual collaboration with the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts
- The BBC Radio 3 Diversity and Inclusion conference
- The annual summer and Christmas parties enabling hundreds of BASCA members to come together to network
Join the BASCA Board
The BASCA Board has 16 members: 6 Directly Elected members (elected by membership), 2 Media Committee members, 2 Songwriter Committee members, 2 Classical Committee members, 2 Jazz Committee members and 2 Independent members (Non-BASCA members, sourced by the Board).
In brief, the BASCA Board exists to:
- Provide leadership to the organisation
- Establish BASCA’s vision, mission, aims and objectives, and fulfil and deliver them
- Set the company’s values and standards
- Set strategy and structure
In addition to this, being a Board Director of BASCA, a Not-for-Profit organisation, can have a variety of benefits. You might:
- Learn from other Board members
- Benefit from experience that enriches your professional development
- Develop skills in leadership, patience, diplomacy, finance, management, etc.
- Feel more connected with BASCA and the Industry
If you are passionate about BASCA’s mission and are willing to take on the fiduciary responsibilities and duties of board service, then you should definitely consider becoming a BASCA Board member.
Standing for Election
Who can stand for election to the BASCA Board or committees?
Only Professional BASCA members may stand for election.
How do I stand for election?
Standing for election involves submitting a nomination form, and filling in your candidate statement on the BASCA election nomination website (hosted by Electoral Reform Services), to be considered by our members when voting opens. Only Professional members will receive the nomination email. If you are a professional member and have not received the nomination email after nominations have opened, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, you may only stand for one committee, or for one Directly Elected Board place. If you stand for election to a committee, you may also be voted on to the Board by the committee when it first meets (should you wish).
Each BASCA Committee member is expected to attend 6 committee meetings a year, and Board members are expected to attend 8 Board meetings a year, for a 3-year term. Whilst full, in-person attendance is desirable, it is recognised that members of our Board and committees are also working writers and may not be able to attend every meeting. We do have secure video conferencing capabilities if you are sometimes unable to attend in-person.
Travel expenses of committee and Board members are reimbursed in accordance with BASCA guidelines. Board members receive a small fee – there is no attendance fee for committee members.
How do I find more information on standing for election?
We are hosting a ‘Be a BASCA Committee Member or Director’ evening event on April 25th, where you can find out more information, and speak to current Committee and Board members. More information can be found in our BASCA Genre Committee and Board Elections Handbook. You can also email email@example.com or call the BASCA office on 020 7636 2929.
Upgrading your membership
If you are a Standard or Digital member but would like to be a Professional member so you can stand for election and increase (or receive) your voting powers, you have to be a PRS for Music Associate member or Full member, (or equivalent Collecting Society), or be ratified by the BASCA Board. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office on 020 7636 2929 if you think you are eligible and want to upgrade.