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BASCA has a Songwriter Committee that consists of working songwriters representing your interests. The committee, voted for by BASCA members, acts as a point of contact for songwriters and a place to share concerns and feel part of a community.

The Songwriter Committee work hard to help BASCA support songwriters in the following ways:

  • Organising songwriter critiques and masterclasses
  • Offering professional seminars and tutorials covering digital marketing, distribution and publishing
  • Providing regular notice of songwriting opportunities, whether training, competitions (such as Eurovision) or networking
  • Representing songwriters at the highest level with the BBC, Musicians Union, PRS for Music, UK Music and the UK Government
  • Representing songwriters in Europe, at EU Commission level and with other writer organisations e.g. ECSA
  • Campaigning for composer rights and credits within streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music
  • Providing template contracts – recording, publishing, performance and management
  • Partnering with leading colleges and universities such as the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and The Academy of Contemporary Music

More info about the songwriters on the Songwriter Committee can be found below.

Iain Archer

Iain Archer

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.

Joel Baker

Joel Baker

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.

Fiona Bevan

Fiona Bevan

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.

Amanda Ghost

Amanda Ghost

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.

Jake Gosling

Jake Gosling

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 2012[2]for 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".[2] 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".[5] 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.

Tom Gray

Tom Gray

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.”

Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine

Victoria Horn

Victoria Horn

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

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall

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.

Anna Neale

Anna Neale

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.

Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips

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.