ABOUT THE AWARDS
The British Composer Awards are unique around the world in making contemporary classical and jazz music the focus of their annual celebration.
Created by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the Awards exist to promote the art of composition, to recognise the creative talent of composers who live and work in the UK and to bring contemporary music to a wider audience.
British composers: who are they? What does their music sound like? Why are they an important voice in Britain’s creative and cultural life today? How can they be encouraged and given greater visibility?
These are just some of the questions BASCA was trying to answer when it created the British Composer Awards in 2003.
In an age when music for the concert platform and the jazz venue needs both focus and funding, the British Composer Awards have been able to cast a spotlight and work as a catalyst for commissions, performances and broadcasts.
Now firmly established in the cultural calendar and an occasion that sees the largest annual gathering of composers and those who support the creation and performance of their music, the Awards are constantly evolving to reflect as effectively as possible the spectrum of new music coming out of the British Isles in the 21st century.