BASCA opens call for entries for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards

Entries submitted online for the first time

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BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, is celebrating the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday 31st May 2018.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. The Call for Entries is now open. BASCA invites eligible entries in the following six categories:

  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically
  • Best Contemporary Song
  • Album Award
  • Best Original Film Score
  • Best Television Soundtrack
  • Best Original Video Game Score

Anyone can enter an eligible work and the deadline is Friday 9th February 2018.

BASCA is delighted to announce that after a successful consultation with the media composing community it is reviving the award for Best Original Video Game Score. The award recognises outstanding composition for a video game. Games released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31st December 2017 with a British or Irish composed score are eligible for nomination.

This year also sees entries submitted via BASCA’s Award Entry Site for the first time. Please visit for more information, including BASCA’s Rules and Guidelines for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards.


The last year has seen myriad ground-breaking musical releases from across myriad ground-breaking musical genres and each and every one deserves a shot at winning an Ivor. I strongly encourage the Industry and beyond to enter the works they love. The Ivors is, as ever, about Music judged by its fellow creators —if a work deserves to win, it can. Whether it was released from a global powerhouse or a bedroom matters not, whether it nourishes and moves the listener matters a lot. BASCA looks forward to a rich and diverse array of works from across the musical curve to help make 2018 another legendary Ivor Novello Awards.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chair

About The Ivors

The Ivor Novello Awards were created by BASCA 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 11th 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 over 60 years more than 1,000 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, and since 1974 they have been sponsored by PRS for Music.


BASCA is the voice for music writers; the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting, through to media, contemporary classical and jazz and can trace our history back over 70 years. 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.

BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world in order to protect the professional interests of our members.  We count on the best songwriting and composing talent in order to do this important work and are entirely self-funding, relying on the continuing support of our members, who include Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Michael Nyman, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Elton John, Imogen Heap, Howard Goodall, John Powell, Kate Bush, Chris Martin, and many more.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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