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The Rules and Guidelines for the 2018 British Composer Awards will be published here shortly.
Rules and Guidelines for the 2017 British Composer Awards
1. Composers must have been born in the United Kingdom, or have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom from 1 April 2012 until 31 March 2017.
2. Composers may be any age.
3. Composers do not have to be members of BASCA.
4. To qualify, works must have received their UK première in a public performance, either live or broadcast, between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.
4a. In the Sonic Art category, a public performance may be taken to mean public access via a digital platform if the work has been specifically created for this medium.
5. Works must have been completed after 1 April 2012.
6. Works do not have to have been published.
7. Anyone may enter a work, including the composer or any other interested individual or organisation.
8. Each work will be judged in one category only.
8a. The entrant should choose the category which most closely fits the work. BASCA may move the work to a different category if appropriate.
9. BASCA may add, remove or redefine categories after all of the entries have been received.
10. Works entered in the Contemporary Jazz Composition category must contain improvisation as an essential element.
Submitting An Entry
11. All entries are to be submitted online via the British Composer Awards Entry Site
12. There is no limit to the number of works which may be submitted. Entrants create an account which enables them to submit multiple entries without having to re-enter their contact details.
13. Entrants must provide the following information:
Name of the composer*
Title of the work
Date and details of the first UK performance with supporting evidence such as a concert programme or URL of the concert listing*
Date of composition*
Résumé of the work’s exposure*
*This information is not revealed to the judges but will be used in case the work is nominated.
14. For all categories except Community or Educational Project, Sonic Art and Stage Works, the score, recording and programme note must not identify the composer. Entries which identify the composer will be disqualified.
15. A score must be submitted for every category except Sonic Art.
15a. For Sonic Art, entrants must provide a score if one exists and any other files documenting the work, for example, graphic scores, images, videos or project reports.
15b. In the Contemporary Jazz Composition category, a score, lead sheet or relevant notation must be submitted.
16. A recording must be submitted if one exists.
16a. Recordings are compulsory in the Contemporary Jazz Composition category.
16b. In other categories, for example Choral, where no recording exists it is helpful to provide a reduced or closed score if available. This should be in addition to the full score.
17. Recordings must be uploaded in MP3 format only. Scores and other documents must be uploaded in PDF format only.
18. A video of the performance is required for entries in the Stage Works category and permitted for entries in the Community or Educational Project and Sonic Art categories.
18a. Videos may be submitted in other categories if necessary as long as the composer and any information about the composer does not appear in the video.
19. Videos must be in MP4, AVI or MOV format only.
20. The Community or Educational Project category is for works arising from a project where the composer has worked with a group of participants. Interaction between the composer and the participants is a primary purpose for the work’s existence, and the composer’s interaction is to be judged equally alongside the quality of the finished composition. Entrants are asked additional questions relating to the nature and purpose of the project, the nature of interaction with the participants and how this relates to the final work, and the composer’s contribution to delivery of the overall project. As such entrants must supply additional information about the project; for example a project timetable, videos of workshops, testimonials from participants and a project report.
21. For works in the Amateur or Young Performers category, entrants should provide a short narrative outlining the context of this new work for the group and the experiences of the players in preparing the work for its first performance. Please ensure that the narrative does not contain any reference to the composer’s identity.
22. We can accept files of any size. The time it takes to upload the file will depend on the speed of your internet connection so entrants need to allow enough time to upload very large files.
23. We would like to collect demographic information on entrants and composers. The answers will help BASCA with monitoring and researching equality and diversity issues. Information will be kept confidential. Entrants who would prefer not to complete this information may leave this page of the form blank.
24. In the event that the work is nominated, BASCA would like to stream an extract of the work on the British Composer Awards website. The website is licensed by PRS for Music however it will be necessary to obtain permission in advance from the owner of the sound recording and from the performers. Please click the check box on the entry form to indicate that permission has been obtained.
25. Coverage of the British Composer Awards is broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In the event that the work is nominated, BBC Radio 3 may seek permission to broadcast all or part of the recording in programmes about the Awards. In the event that you are approached by BBC Radio 3 after the nomination announcement, BASCA would appreciate any assistance you can give them in obtaining permission from the performers to broadcast.
26. There is no entry fee.
27. Judging will be made by specially appointed juries, the members of which will be chosen by BASCA. In all cases, the final decision rests with BASCA and correspondence will not be entered into with respect to such decisions.
28. In each category there will be two or three nominated works which will be announced in advance of the award ceremony, one of which will be the winning work. Winning works will be announced at the ceremony itself.
29. BASCA reserves the right not to make an award in any category.
30. The final decision regarding all aspects of the British Composer Awards, including the interpretation of these rules, resides with the Board of BASCA.
31. The presentation of the awards will take place at a reception on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at The British Museum and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
32. In each category the winning composer will be presented with a British Composer Award.