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Best Song Musically and Lyrically

This award recognises excellence in songwriting craft; entries will be judged with particular reference to melody, lyrics, harmony and structure.

(a) To be eligible the song must have appeared on either The Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart or as a track on an entry in The Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart during the calendar year ending 31 December 2018.

(b) A song may only be submitted into either - Best Song Musically and Lyrically or Best Contemporary Song. BASCA reserves the right to transfer a song from either category, to be determined by the relevant Ivor Novello Awards jury.

(c) A WAV file of the released song must be submitted with each entry.

(d) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the official song lyrics. The PDF must include the song title. The names of the songwriters must be removed.

(e) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the works 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 songs in this category.

(g) There will be one winning song 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.

(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.

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