The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has opened the call for entries across six nominated categories for the 64th Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors 2019 will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. BASCA invites eligible submissions in the following categories, across song and album releases, film, television and video games scores:
Best Song Musically and Lyrically Best Contemporary Song
Best Album
Best Original Film Score
Best Television Soundtrack
Best Original Video Game Score

Anyone can enter a work, including the songwriter or composer. To be eligible works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31st December 2018.

This year all works will be judged anonymously and The Ivors represents peer recognition with all categories judged by members of the music writing community.

The Ivors Rules and Guidelines should be viewed on its dedicated award entry site prior to entering eligible works.

Deadline for entries is Thursday 7th February 2019

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17 Jan 2019 | Press release

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16 Jan 2019 | Press release

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16 Jan 2019 | Press release

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16 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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15 Jan 2019 | Press release

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14 Jan 2019 | Press release

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14 Jan 2019 | Press release

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14 Jan 2019 | Press release

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14 Jan 2019 | Press release

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14 Jan 2019 | Press release

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12 Jan 2019 | Press release

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12 Jan 2019 | Press release

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11 Jan 2019 | Press release

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11 Jan 2019 | Press release

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11 Jan 2019 | Press release

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11 Jan 2019 | Press release

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11 Jan 2019 | Press release

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18 Jan 2019

  • European promoters launch Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) to counter ticket touting. (see Business)

  • BRITs Apprentice Scheme returns for a second year. (see News)

  • Changes to proposed Article 13 legislation urged in open letter by European creatives and rightsholders. (see Digital)

17 Jan 2019

  • KPMG confirms interest in HMV. (see Business)

  • Deezer launches a new free radio app with access to 30,000 worldwide radio stations. (see Digital)

  • Music Moves Europe Talent Awards Public Choice winners announced at Eurosonic. (see News)

16 Jan 2019

  • Spotify rumoured to be starting in India this month. (see Digital)

15 Jan 2019

  • Spotify and T-Series strike global content deal. (see Digital)

  • Tidal under investigation over alleged streaming number manipulation. (see Digital)

14 Jan 2019

  • Several approaches for HMV said to have been made. (see Business)

  • BRIT Awards: nominations announced. (see News)

  • Zoe Ball starts Breakfast Show on Radio 2. (see Radio)

11 Jan 2019

  • Octavian wins BBC Sound of 2019 poll. (see News)

  • PIAS report 24% growth in digital revenues. (see Business)

10 Jan 2019

  • King Princess runner-up in the BBC Sound of 2019 poll. (see News)

  • Guy Moot named Warner/Chappell Music Publishing’s new co-chairman/CEO; Carianne Marshall  named co-chairman/COO. (see Business)

  • Canadian 2018 figures show healthy rise in consumpion. (see News)

09 Jan 2019

  • Grace Carter comes third in the BBC Sound of 2019 poll. (see News)

  • Nielsen Music report 2018 US music market figures. (see News)

08 Jan 2019

  • 7digital reports restructuring; future of Juke streaming service in discussion. (see Business)

  • Slowthai comes fourth in the BBC Sound of 2019 poll. (see News)

07 Jan 2019

  • Rosalía comes fifth in the BBC Sound of 2019 poll. (see News)

  • Speculation Adele won't tour again. (see News)

  • Greatest Hits Radio launches. (see Radio)