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Nominations announced for The Ivors 2015 

21 April 2015

Nominations for the 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards are announced

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BASCA, in association with PRS for Music announce the nominations for the 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards [The Ivors]. The Ivors will take place on Thursday 21st 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.

“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 Chairman, Simon Darlow

On the 21st May 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 is also delighted to announce it will present its 18th BASCA Fellowship as part of the 60th Ivor Novello Awards.

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.

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

The 60th Anniversary Ivor Novello Awards take place on Thursday 21st May from 11.30am to 4.30pm at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

For press enquiries please contact:
Taylor Herring
Tel: 020 8206 5151

Peter Mountstevens
peter.mountstevens@taylorherring.com

Jen Fairweather
jf@taylorherring.com

The official hashtag is: #TheIvors
Our official twitter feed is: @BASCA_UK
Our official Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/bascauk

Notes for Editors

About The Ivors

The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA’s former incarnation, The Songwriters’ Guild of Great Britain, in 1956. Named in honour of Ivor Novello, Britain’s most successful and distinguished theatrical composer at the time, the aim of the awards was to shine a spotlight on the excellence of British songwriters and composers in an age when international music dominated the British airwaves.

The Ivors were first presented on 11 March 1956 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The statuette, a representation of Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry was designed by Hazel Underwood and to this day is still cast in solid bronze. For 59 years over 750 statuettes have been presented to songwriters, composers and their music publishers in recognition of the excellence of their compositions.

The Ivors continue to be owned and presented by BASCA, a not for profit membership organisation for British songwriters and composers. Since 1974 they have been sponsored by PRS for Music.

www.theivors.com

About BASCA

BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is the professional association for music writers in the UK. It is the single voice for British music creators.

BASCA works to foster a sense of community amongst songwriters, lyricists and composers, and to campaign on their behalf in the domestic, European and international political arenas. As the only association in the country made up entirely of music writers, the organisation has an unparalleled insight into the issues affecting music creators in the UK today. BASCA works closely with their members, keeping them informed in a constantly changing environment via its publications, website, seminars and professional networking events. BASCA also presents the Ivor Novello Awards,
British Composer Awards and Gold Badge Awards.

Membership of BASCA is open to working songwriters and composers who are members of a royalty collection society, such as PRS for Music, BMI or ASCAP. BASCA Fellows: John Adams, David Arnold, Malcolm Arnold, John Barry, Don Black, Pierre Boulez, John Dankworth, David Ferguson, George Fenton, Elton John, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paul McCartney, Peter Maxwell Davies and Tim Rice.

www.basca.org.uk

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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