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Non Entry Award Categories and Rules

This section focuses on specific eligibility criteria for each award to which BASCA does not accept entries.

The identity of the Gift of The Academy award recipients in categories 8 to 16 are not publicly announced before the ceremony. The appearance of these award titles does not guarantee their presentation in any particular year.  

(7) PRS for Music Most Performed Work

PRS for Music Most Performed Work is title sponsored by our sponsor PRS for Music. It is credited to the work having received the most broadcast, online and general performances in the calendar year ending 31 December 2018.

Cue usage, usage as idents, jingles or adverts are not taken into account, nor are any performances of less than 60 seconds of any other works.

The calculation is based on the information on the PRS for Music systems after the processing of usage data for April distribution in the year of the Awards.

(a) In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Ivor Novello Awards, the British or Irish writer contribution of at least one third (33.3%) must be assigned to PRS for Music members.

(b) Only works not in dispute at PRS for Music, at the time of calculation, will be taken into consideration.

(c) There will be no more than three nominated songs in this category.

(d) There will be one winning song in this category.

(e) 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.

(f) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning writer in line with clause (e). Only these writers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.

(g) 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 (e). 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.

(8) International Achievement
This award is in the gift of The Academy. The primary purpose of this award is to honour a British or Irish songwriter(s) or composer(s) who has experienced exceptional success outside the United Kingdom.

(9) Lifetime Achievement
This award is in the gift of The Academy. It is presented to a British or Irish songwriter(s) or composer(s) in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional creative talent. 

(10) Outstanding Song Collection
This award is in the gift of The Academy. It is presented to a British or Irish songwriter(s) who has written a consistently outstanding body of work.

(11) PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music
This award is title sponsored by our ceremony sponsor, PRS for Music. The recipient’s identity is proposed by PRS for Music and approved by BASCA’s Ivor Novello Awards Committee. It is presented to a British or Irish songwriter(s) or composer(s) whose career has made an outstanding contribution to British Music.

(12) PRS for Music Special International Award
This award is title sponsored by our ceremony sponsor, PRS for Music. The recipient’s identity is proposed by PRS for Music and approved by BASCA’s Ivor Novello Awards Committee. It is presented to an international songwriter(s) or composer(s) who has had an outstanding career, being or having been, a major influence on the British music industry.

(13) Songwriter(s) of the Year
This award is in the gift of The Academy. It is presented to a British or Irish songwriter or songwriting team that has written an outstanding body of work released during the award year.

(14) The Ivors Classical Music Award
This award is presented to a British or Irish composer. The recipient’s identity is proposed by BASCA’s Classical Committee and approved by BASCA’s Ivor Novello Awards Committee. It recognises an outstanding body of work in the classical genre.

(15) The Ivors Jazz Award
This award is presented to a British or Irish composer. The recipient’s identity is proposed by BASCA’s Jazz Committee and approved by BASCA’s Ivor Novello Awards Committee. It recognises an outstanding collection of jazz compositions.

(16) The Ivors Inspiration Award
This award is in the gift of The Academy. The primary purpose of this award is to honour an exceptional British or Irish songwriter(s) or composer(s) who has inspired the creative talents of others.

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