The British Composer Awards are unique in making contemporary music, jazz and sonic art the focus of their annual celebration.

Created by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in 2003, the Awards seek to promote the art of composition, to recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and to bring their music to a wider audience.

To qualify works must have been completed within five years of the award period and have recieved a UK premiere performance - either live or broadcast - in the year leading up to 31 March.  Composers must have been born in the UK or resident for at least 5 years.

Each category is judged by a different jury, with members appointed by BASCA.  The majority of these music professionals are composers working in collaboration with performers, conductors, promoters and festival directors.

"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