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This award acknowledges the album as a body of work; entries will be judged with particular reference to exceptional songwriting and consistency.
(a) To be eligible the album must have appeared on The Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart during the calendar year ending 31 December 2017.
(b) The album must also contain at least 75% original material; 'original' in this context is defined as not previously released in the UK.
(c) The version of the album that enters the chart on date of release should be the album submitted for judging. Later versions of the release in special editions with extra tracks etc. will not be considered.
(d) Mp3 files (192Kbps or above) of each track on the album must be submitted with each entry.
(e) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the album registration at the relevant royalty collection society, identifying the writer and publisher interests and share contributions.
(f) There will be no more than three nominated albums in this category.
(g) There will be one winning album in this category.
(h) BASCA will credit each writer, regardless of nationality, whose personal contribution is at least 12.5% of the writers share in the work according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society, and the corresponding UK publisher.
To calculate the personal contribution across an entire album, the album will be divided by the number of eligible tracks (i.e. excluding cover versions) so, for an album with say 10 eligible tracks each track is worth 10%.
(i) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning writer in line with clause (h). Only these writers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.
(j) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to the corresponding UK publisher. Additional statuettes may be awarded to bona fide co-publishers in the case of co-written and co-published works in line with clause (h). Only one representative from each publisher will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.
For the avoidance of doubt, the UK publisher shall include any person, firm or company owning or controlling the copyright in the nominated work in the UK during the qualifying period.
(k) Any works where there is or appears to be a genuine ownership, authorship or author-share dispute may, at the discretion of the Board of BASCA, be disqualified.