The winners of the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards, in association with BASCA and PRS for Music, were announced on 31 May.
The Ivors, which are presented and judged by music creators, celebrate and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. In order to qualify, the works must have been commercially released in the UK in 2017 and they must have a British or Irish songwriting or composing contribution of at least a third.
BASCA Chair Crispin Hunt said: ‘The Ivors celebrate the best in British and Irish music writing. Our composers and songwriters prove, again and again, that they are some of the best in the world. It is an immense privilege for BASCA to honour the extraordinary talent that exists in our sector, recognising creators across a vast range of contemporary music genres and awarding those who have created some of the most outstanding catalogues in music history. To every single winning composer, congratulations from all of us, you are spectacular and a credit to our amazing industry.’
With just 17% the composers registered with PRS for Music identifying as women (as reported December 2017), it’s no surprise that just three of the fourteen awards were won by female composers. However, it was reported that over 40% of PRS for Music members under 20 identify as female which indicates the start of a gradual change in the British music industry.
The three awards won by female composers were:
Best Original Film Score
Composed by Mica Levi
Published in the UK by Beggars Music
The Ivors Classical Music Award
Outstanding Song Collection
Visit theivors.com/the-ivors-2018/ for the full list.
Listen to some of the previous winners and nominees for The Ivor Novello Awards (2010 – 2017).