The Ivors Academy opens submissions for The Ivors Composer Awards 2020

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The Ivors Academy has today, 29 May, opened entries for The Ivors Composer Awards. Entries are open until 9 July and the winners will be announced on 1 December 2020.

The Ivors Composer Awards sees the presentation of Ivor Novello Awards to recognise creative excellence in classical, jazz, and sound arts.

Recognised as a pinnacle of achievement since they were first presented in 1956, an Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition with categories judged by those within the UK music creator community. The Ivors Academy presents awards twice a year to honour and celebrate exceptional songwriting and composing.

Anyone can enter a work, including the composer. There is a £10 administration fee per entry, which is waived if the composer is a member of The Ivors Academy.

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

Following an annual review of the Composer Awards’ categories, a number of changes have been made to broaden the categories whilst ensuring large scale commissions, which are so important to composers, receive profile.

To be eligible composers must be UK born or be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and the work must have received its UK premiere performance, either live or broadcast during the 12 months prior to 31 March 2020.

The Ivors Composer Awards are sponsored by PRS for Music. The awards presentation is in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage. 


In these challenging and unsettling times it is more important than ever to celebrate the ingenuity, craft and creativity of composers and songwriters working across classical, jazz and sound arts. An Ivor Novello Award is a unique recognition of the talent and achievements of music creators by their fellow composers and songwriters. And The Ivors Composer Awards are an iconic way for us, as a community, to cherish, nurture and promote the creativity of our peers.

Gary Carpenter, Chair of The Ivors Composer Awards Committee

We are proud to support The Ivors Composer Awards. During these extraordinary times, it is important that we continue to celebrate the creativity of our classical, jazz, and sound art community and the significant contribution that music makes to our lives. We look forward to recognising the nominees later this year.

Harriet Wybor, Classical Relationship Manager, PRS for Music



  • Small Chamber
  • Large Chamber
  • Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble
  • Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble
  • Choral
  • Chamber Orchestral
  • Large Orchestral
  • Stage Works
  • Sound Art
  • Community and Participation


  • Friday, 29 May 2020, The Ivors Academy Awards Entry Website opens
  • Thursday, 9 July 2020, Entry deadline
  • Tuesday, 27 October 2020, Nominations announced
  • Tuesday, 1 December 2020, The Ivors Composer Awards, British Museum, London

About The Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators. We represent and champion a diverse, talented community of songwriters and composers. We are a self-funded not-for-profit organisation, relying on the continued support of our members and partners to carry on our work. 

Our Ivor Novello Awards are the ultimate accolade for songwriting and composition in the industry. The Ivors with Apple Music celebrate the talents of songwriters and screen composers, and The Ivors Composer Awards recognise music creators in the classical, jazz and sound art fields. 

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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