Entries open for the 2022 Ivors Composer Awards

Awarded in recognition of excellence in contemporary classical, jazz and sound arts, the 20th edition of The Ivors Composer Awards are open to works that received their first UK performance between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.

Liam Konemann
  • By Liam Konemann
  • 10 Jun 2022
  • min read

The Ivors Academy has opened entries for The Ivors Composer Awards 2022, which celebrate creative excellence in composition for contemporary classical, jazz, and sound arts.

Widely recognised as a pinnacle of musical achievement since their inception in 1956, winning an Ivor Novello Award is a unique accolade, as categories are judged by award-winning composers, jazz musicians and sound artists from across the Academy’s membership.

Now in their 20th year, the Ivors Composer Awards are supported by PRS for Music and will take place on Tuesday 15 November at the British Museum in London. The awards presentation is in association with BBC Radio 3, who will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the event. 

Over their history the awards have recognised the achievements of the UK’s most talented contemporary composers, including Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, George Benjamin, John Tavener, Yazz Ahmed, Cassie Kinoshi, Jonny Greenwood, Sally Beamish, Anna Meredith, Errollyn Wallen, Roderick Williams and Jason Yarde. The 2021 awards were presented to 10 composers, with six of them winning for the first time that year. 

To be eligible for The Ivors Composer Awards 2022, works must have received their first UK performance between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 . The definition of UK performance includes live concerts, live streamed concerts, broadcasts and appearance on a commercial recording if the music was accessible to members of the public in the UK for the first time within the specified date range. Anyone can enter a work, including the composer. A £20 administration fee is required for each entry, but this is waived if the work’s composer is a member of The Ivors Academy.

Graham Davies, CEO, The Ivors Academy, said: ‘For twenty years the Ivors Composer Awards has celebrated the UK leading the world in classical, jazz and sound art composition. As entries open, we are excited to see the innovation and artistic excellence in composition over the past year.’

Submissions are made through the Academy’s entry website where you can also see the full rules.