Stephen McNeff announced as new BASCA Chairman

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) is delighted to announce that award-winning composer Stephen McNeff has been appointed as its new Chairman.

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The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) is delighted to announce that award-winning composer Stephen McNeff has been appointed as its new Chairman.

Stephen studied composition at the Royal College of Music and undertook post-graduate research at the University of Exeter.  He began his career working in theatres throughout Britain and became Associate Director at the University of Manchester’s Contact Theatre.

Although specialising in opera and music for the theatre and voice he has written important instrumental pieces and a large range of works for wind ensembles of various kinds.

Accolades include a Mavor Moore Award for his opera The Secret Garden, a Scotsman award at the Edinburgh Festival for his opera Aesop and British Composer Award for his opera, Tarka the Otter to name but a few.

He worked last year with the Welsh National Opera and his latest work, The Darkling Serenade, for the British Clarinet Ensemble, premiered in Madrid this week.

Stephen takes over the role from Simon Darlow who has stepped down from the position after serving as Chairman since 2013.

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I’m very proud to be the new Chair of BASCA and to work with such fantastic colleagues and staff. I’m looking forward to broad coalition of genres all working together.

Simon Darlow
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It is my pleasure to welcome Stephen McNeff as the new Chair of BASCA.

He brings with him gravitas, considered thinking and good humour. I look forward to working closely with him supporting his vision for composers and songwriters.

Vick Bain, BASCA CEO

BASCA wishes to thank Simon Darlow for all his hard work and contribution to BASCA and all its members.

For more information on Stephen McNeff please visit:

www.stephenmcneff.co.uk

For more information on BASCA please email: issy@basca.org.uk

About BASCA

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. So that we may continue to do this, it is important that we can count the best songwriting and composing talent amongst our members. Whilst we are well known for putting on the British Composer Awards, the Gold Badge Awards and The Ivors every year, there is far more to us than these events. We are the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting, through to media, contemporary classical and jazz. We are entirely self-funding and rely on the continuing support of our members to carry on our work. We can trace our history back 70 years. Our members include Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Michael Nyman, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Sir Elton John, Imogen Heap, Howard Goodall, John Powell, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kate Bush, Chris Martin, and many more.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 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 nearly 15m 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 £621.5m in 2016, 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.