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ABOUT THE AWARDS


The British Composer 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.

Created by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in 2002 the awards are a valuable showcase for contemporary composers of classical and jazz music.  They are sponsored by PRS for Music and presented in association with BBC Radio 3, who provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the awards.

"Composing is so solitary that it can be really heartening to receive the support and approbation of fellow musicians, and the British Composer Awards is a very encouraging event for people who commission new music." Judith Bingham

"Like many composers, I suspect, I place the greatest value on the respect of my fellow musicians.  The two British Composer Awards I have received mark supreme moments in my career, and the vital encouragement they provided can hardly be over emphasised." Anthony Payne

"The British Composer Awards are something really valuable in the world of contemporary music becuase they embrace the new in its widest sense, often offering up interesting surprises." Joe Cutler