Each year Professional BASCA members are invited to nominate individuals to receive a Gold Badge Award. These nominations are reviewed by the Gold Badge Awards Committee and recipients are announced a month before the ceremony.

2018 Recipients
The 2018 Gold Badge Award Recipients were announced on Tuesday 18 September. To find out more click here.

The Gold Badge Awards returned for their 45th year and took place at The Savoy in London on Friday 19th October 2018.
The day included a drinks reception in The Savoy’s River Room overlooking the Thames, followed by a three course lunch in the Ballroom. Live music was led by pianist Tom Hewson.


  • May – BASCA members invited to nominate
  • June – Nominations close
  • July – Tickets on sale
  • Tuesday 18 September – 2018 Recipients announced
  • Friday 19 October – The 45th Gold Badge Awards at The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

2018 Recipients
Annette Barrett

    Annette Barrett is Managing Director at Reservoir / Reverb Music, one of the United Kingdom’s most successful independent music publishers, working with noted songwriters like Nitin Sawhney, Jamie Hartman, Peter Gordeno, and Matteo Saggese.

    Annette began her career in music publishing thirty years ago, in the Copyright Department of U.K.-based independent music publisher, Carlin Music. She worked her way up the industry ladder, eventually to the role of International Director at Virgin Music. From there, she moved on to become the Executive Director of International Repertoire at Warner/Chappell Music, where she was the first woman ever appointed to the company’s Board of Directors.

    Over the course of her career, Annette has signed and worked with a slew of world class songwriters and recording artists, including David Bowie, George Michael, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Prince, Sting, and The Police, to name just a few.

Martyn Brabbins

    Martyn Brabbins is Music Director of the English National Opera, and has conducted at La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper and in Lyon, Frankfurt and Antwerp. He is a regular guest of top international orchestras such as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Metropolitan and Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He studied with Ilya Musin in St Petersburg, won the Leeds Conducting Competition in 1988, and became Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005.

    Known for his advocacy of new music and especially of British composers, he has conducted nigh-on 1000 world premieres across the globe. He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prize-winning discs of operas by Korngold, Birtwistle and Harvey. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and Music Director to the Huddersfield Choral Society alongside his duties at ENO, and has for many years supported professional, student and amateur music-making at the highest level in the UK.

Jackie Davidson

    Jackie Davidson’s career spans over two decades and throughout this time she has operated in artist management, marketing, PR, A&R consultancy and publishing.

    Jackie began her career interning for Bunny Wailer’s record label, Solomonic, going on to co-run the highly influential UK pirate radio station LWR. She then brought her talents to marketing agency Hardzone, which quickly became renowned as the go-to company for breaking Reggae/Urban acts in the UK. Clients included artists Shabba Ranks and Patra and labels Def Jam and East West Records.

    She formed Jackie Davidson Management, to develop and nurture aspiring artists and writers. Jackie has been influential in the careers of songwriters Wayne Hector and Ali Tennant and is currently developing Samm Henshaw, Dolapo and WESLEE, plus writers EMMA DD, Josh Grant.
    Jackie is Founder and Vice-Chair of the Alliance for Diversity in Music and Media; she was recognised by the Artist Manager Awards in 2015 and has recently been elected to the Board of Music Publishers Association.

    This award is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Chris Difford

    Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years.

    With his collaborator since 1973, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as 'Up The Junction', 'Cool For Cats', 'Labelled With Love', ‘Tempted’ and many others.

    To accompany his autobiography ‘Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out Of Squeeze’, Chris performed a sold-out week at Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

    Chris has hosted songwriting retreats for over 25 years, some in Prisons, some in Rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry.

Guy Fletcher OBE

    Guy Fletcher OBE is an Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter and music industry leader.

    In the 1960s, he worked with Joe Meek as a vocal arranger and performer. With lyricist Doug Flett, he became the first British writer to be recorded by Elvis Presley and together wrote hit songs for amongst others The Hollies, Frankie Valli, Ray Charles and Cliff Richard.

    By the 1970s Guy had started his own publishing company and discovered Chris de Burg. Elected to the Board of BASCA, he served as Chair for 12 years. Guy co-founded British Music Rights (now known as UK Music) in order to lobby Government on behalf of the Copyright community. A PRS Board member for 20 years, Guy was Chair from 2011 to 2017. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for services to music. Guy has been Chair of the Mayor’s Music Fund; is a Trustee of the National Youth Jazz Collection and The Lowde Music Trust and is Patron of the Nathan Timothy Songwriting Charity.

Guy Garvey

    As the lead singer and lyricist of elbow for over 25 years and counting, renowned DJ for 6 Music and solo artist, Guy Garvey has become a driving force in UK culture. Alongside his 'best mates' elbow, Guy is the co-recipient of a BRIT Award, the Mercury Music Prize and three Ivor Novello Awards, the most recent for ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ from their UK Number One album, ‘Little Fictions’. Guy has also been awarded an honorary degree from Manchester Metropolitan University for his work in the arts and was recently made a visiting professor there also.

    A hugely inspirational creator, he has championed a host of established and grassroots artists through his 6 Music radio show, which continues to shine a spotlight on a diverse range of musical genres. In addition Guy has collaborated with, amongst others, Massive Attack and Craig Armstrong and co-written and performed soundtracks for TV and film.

    This award is presented in association with PPL.

Claire Martin OBE

    Claire Martin has spent the last 30 years honing the craft of jazz singing. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including seven British Jazz Awards and in 2011 was awarded the OBE for her services to Jazz.

    Claire has released 18 albums, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Richard Rodney Bennett and Jim Mullen.

    Claire has performed all over the world with her trio and, until his death in 2012, worked extensively with the celebrated composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in an intimate cabaret duo setting both in England and in America. Claire is also a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. For seventeen years Claire co-presented BBC Radio 3’s flag ship jazz program ‘Jazz Line Up’.

Sarah Rodgers

    Sarah Rodgers is a composer whose music has been played across 5 continents. Alongside a busy and successful composing career, she has dedicated herself to championing music creators, being elected as Chairman of both the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain and BASCA.

    She has represented writers on cultural exchanges, at the European Commission, at select committees in the UK parliament and at countless conferences and round-table discussions. Sarah was the first woman appointed to the Board of MCPS and remained a Writer Director for 17 years during which time she sat on the MCPS-PRS Executive Board for 12 years.

    In 2003, as Chair of BASCA’s Classical Committee, Sarah founded the British Composer Awards and led their development for the first 11 years, an achievement of which she is particularly proud. She has been Trustee for many charities and continues on the Committees of the BASCA Trust and the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund where she is Deputy Chairman.

Matthew Scott

    Matthew Scott was Head of Music at the National Theatre from 2006 until 2016, where he recruited and commissioned many composers.

    Matthew began his career at the National with Harrison Birtwistle and Dominic Muldowney, working on many productions starting with the first production of Amadeus. He subsequently composed or directed the music for over fifty productions, and also worked on many premieres with playwrights including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett, Richard Bean, David Hare, David Edgar, Mark Ravenhill and Howard Barker. He was Associate Artist at, among others, the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre.

    Matthew has composed numerous signature tunes and scores for television and film including Drop The Dead Donkey, In Suspicious Circumstances, Middlemarch and The Landgirls. He has produced and arranged for artists including Trans Global Underground, Anthony and the Johnstons, John Tams and Faithless. Until 2018 he taught Commercial Composition at the University of Southampton.

Scott Stroman

    Scott Stroman is a conductor, composer, trombonist and singer in a uniquely broad range of musical styles. Born in the USA but based in London, he is Director of the multi-stylistic choir Eclectic Voices, the London Jazz Orchestra, Artistic Director of Highbury Opera Theatre, and a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he developed and directed their world-class jazz programme. He created and directed the London Philharmonic Orchestra's innovative cross-genre Renga ensemble and was Conductor of the LPO's Future First ensemble for young professionals and Hit Squad touring ensemble.

    A popular educator, in addition to his work at the Guildhall School he has lead hundreds of workshops in singing, conducting, improvisation and performance throughout the UK and Europe. He often conducts youth orchestras, choirs and bands, was conductor of both the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia's Young Sinfonia, and currently conducts the Southwark Youth Orchestra in London.

Nick Wollage

    Nick Wollage is one of the most respected and sought after engineers worldwide. His musicality, technical creativity and vast experience have helped secure his international reputation. Working on a diverse collection of projects from major Hollywood film scores to individual artists, Nick plays a fundamental role in delivering a host of best-selling and outstanding soundtracks and albums.

    Some of the many composers he works with include John Powell, Dario Marianelli, Stephen Warbeck, George Fenton, Henry Jackman, Bruno Coulais, Rupert Gregson-Williams & David Arnold.

    Project highlights include Ivor Novello Award winning score How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Foo Panda, the Oscar winning score for Atonement, The Children Act, The Lady in The Van, Captain America: Civil War and A Winter Solider, Wonder Woman, Phantom Thread, Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Bridge Jones’ Diary, Kubo and the Two Strings and Sherlock (series 1 – 4).


Previous Years
Steve Parr

    In 1990 he founded studio Hear No Evil in West Kensington. During this time he earned a solid reputation as a pioneer of music surround sound holding seminars in Europe & USA and winning industry awards for his mixes including one for his live 96k/6.1 recording Reich at the Roxy. He has recorded and mixed over 500 scores for film and television, many of them in surround including his mix of Who Are You which was used as the title music for US crime series CSI.

    He was sound producer for Concert for Nelson Mandela at Wembley in 1988 and John Lennon 50th Anniversary in Liverpool in 1990, both live television broadcasts. He was also producer of albums for The Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty International.

    Steve has been a regular contributor to Sound on Sound and Studio Sound magazines and in 2005 was elected Vice Chairman of the Music Producer’s Guild.

Maggie Rodford

    Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers worldwide.

    Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and co-ordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, coordinator and supervisor on many high profile projects including 100’s of commercials and games, film and tv scores.

    Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for four years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibitions Committee. In 2004, Maggie was presented with The Malaika Award in recognition of her work with the African Children’s Choir and in 2012 Maggie was awarded an APRS Fellowship.

    This award is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Emeli Sandé MBE

    Emeli Sandé released her debut record, Our Version Of Events, in 2012. Not only was it the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1 and exceeded The Beatles’ previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6 million copies worldwide. Sandé has won numerous accolades including four BRIT Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards.

    The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

    Sandé returned last November with Long Live the Angels, the critically acclaimed album that achieved the biggest week one sales for a British female solo artist in 2016. At the 2017 BRIT Awards she gave a stunning performance of Hurts and received her fourth BRIT award for Best Female Solo Artist, the second time she’s won the award.

    This award is presented in association with PPL.

George Vass

    George Vass made his professional conducting debut in 1979. He has appeared at many of the UK’s major concert halls and festivals, and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4. He has made over thirty commercial recordings.

    Over the last twenty-five years he has commissioned and premiered new work from such eminent composers as Sally Beamish, Martin Butler, Gabriel Jackson, Paweł Łukaszewski, David Matthews, John McCabe, Cecilia McDowall, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Robert Saxton, Peter Sculthorpe, Huw Watkins, Adrian Williams and Hugh Wood.

    Vass has been artistic director of the Prestigne Festival since 1992, having also directed the Hampstead and Highgate Festival (2004-09). He is currently artistic director of Nova Music Opera and Orchestra Nova, is music director of St Albans Choral Society and chair of the British Arts Festivals Association.

Martyn Ware

    Martyn Ware founded The Human League in 1977 and formed production company/label British Electric Foundation and Heaven 17 in 1980.

    He has written, performed and produced two Human League, five BEF and nine Heaven 17 studio albums. As record producer and artist he has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide – producing Tina Turner, Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.

    Ware founded Illustrious Co. Ltd with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology practice in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures extensively on music production, technology, and creativity at universities and colleges across the world. He has just been appointed the first ambassador for the international NGO In Place Of War, and is a board member and trustee for the charity Street Sports Hope in Sierra Leone. He has also recently been appointed as Principal of Tileyard Education.

Jon Webster

    Jon Webster spent the early part of his career at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group initially Virgin Retail where he researched the Virgin Megastore concept before its launch in London. In 1981 Jon moved to the record label working in sales, marketing and international before becoming Managing Director in 1988.

    Jon was instrumental in the founding of the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand which has sold over 100 million units worldwide. He has been a manager, founded the Mercury Music Prize, worked for the BPI before leaving in 2007 to take up the role of CEO of the Music Managers Forum. Jon was elected President in 2016 and stepped down in May 2017 to pursue a number of external projects.

Gary Crosby OBE

    Gary Crosby has consistently been at the forefront of the British jazz scene throughout a career that so far spans more than 40 years. He was a founder member of the seminal Jazz Warriors in the 1980s. As founder of the award-winning bands, Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop and Jazz Jamaica, he has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected bassists and band leaders whilst, as founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors, he has supported hundreds of aspiring young jazz artists to fulfil their potential.

    Many of today’s most celebrated jazz artists owe much of their early career success to Crosby’s willingness to put not only his faith but also his time, energy and resources into giving them time and space to develop. Gary was awarded an OBE for Services to Music in 2009 and in 2012 received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Music Education.

Susanna Eastburn

    Susanna Eastburn is the Chief Executive of Sound and Music, the national charity for new music in the UK.

    This is the latest senior appointment in a career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008 to 2012 and Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival from 2000 to 2004.

    Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. In September 2013 she was elected to the Board of the International Association of Music Information Centres, where she was also President until October 2016. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee.

Michael Gibbs

    After studying in the US Michael Gibbs settled in England, playing trombone for Graham Collier and John Dankworth and subsequently recording a series of highly acclaimed and influential albums featuring many of the most prominent British-based players who were beginning to flirt with jazz/rock.

    In the early 70’s he won several Melody Maker Awards, including First Composer, Best Big Band, Musician of the Year, First Arranger and his own album In the Public Interest was voted Best Album of 1974.

    Gibbs returned to Berklee College of Music where he’d studied, as a tutor and composer-in-residence from 1974-83. In 1983 he left to freelance as an arranger and producer, and worked with Michael Mantler, Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, and Sister Sledge among many others. He has been an enormous influence on British jazz as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and educator.

Tim Ingham

    Tim Ingham founded Music Business Worldwide (MBW) in 2015. The site’s news, insight and analysis have quickly developed into essential reading for professionals across the global music industry – from those in studios to those in executive corner offices.

    Tim is a well-known music industry commentator and was editor of UK trade title Music Week for four years before stepping down in late 2014. He has written about the music industry for the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Daily Mail and NME.

    In 2014, Tim was named one of the world’s 500 Most Influential Britons – and one of the 20 most influential British music execs – by The Sunday Times & Debrett’s. Outside of MBW, Tim is a Non-Exec Director of IMPEL (Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing), which enables independent music publishers to collectively license their Anglo-American mechanical digital rights on a pan-European basis.

Sarah Liversedge

    Sarah Liversedge set up her own independent music publishing company, BDi Music, in 2004. She is also Director of A&R at Bucks Music Group as well as Co-Director of The Movement London, a co-venture publishing company with multi platinum selling producer, Jake Gosling. Sarah develops the careers of unbeatable, innovative and creative artists, producers and songwriters most notably, Amy Wadge, Jake Gosling, comedian Ricky Gervais, Laura Mvula’s producer Troy Miller, indie pop sensations The Magic Gang, rising artist Novo Amor and Irish songstress Ailbhe Reddy.

    Sarah is a member of the Music Publishers Association's Pop Publisher’s Committee and is one of the key industry advisers on the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. In 2014 she was elected onto the Roll of Honour of Music Week’s Women In Music Awards, and as a publisher Sarah has collected two ASCAP awards.

Paulette Long OBE

    Paulette Long OBE joined Westbury Music in 1988 working within all areas of publishing. She also set up Long Term Management representing 2B3 Productions and became a director of Westbury Music in 2003. In an advocacy and advisory capacity Paulette contributes to numerous boards throughout the music industry. She has sat on the Board of the Music Publishers Association since 2004; took up the role of Trustee of the PRS Foundation in 2005, serving as Vice Chair from 2012 to 2016 and is now a PRS Foundation Ambassador. In 2008 Paulette was elected to the Board of PRS, and since 2014 has been a Trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund.

    She is a founding member of ADMM (The Alliance for Diversity in Music and Media) who successfully created the UK music industry’s first Diversity Charter (formally adopted by UK Music). She is Deputy Chair of the UK Music Diversity Task Force and is Co-chair of the BPI Diversity Committee (specifically focused on the Brits). In 2016 Paulette received an OBE for services to the music industry.


The BASCA Gold Badge Awards celebrate a unique contribution to music. They recognise outstanding individuals who have supported and inspired the British songwriting and composing community.

Created by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 1974, the Gold Badge Awards acknowledge exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or support creativity in all its musical forms. Because success is rarely a solo achievement; we are often inspired by those who came before us, championed by broadcasters or commissioners, supported by managers, publishers or producers.

The Gold Badge Awards gives BASCA members, and the wider music industry an opportunity to come together, recognise exceptional talent and celebrate community.

The 2018 BASCA Gold Badge Awards are sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music.


The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers. We exist to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music.
Whilst we are well known for putting on the British Composer Awards, Gold Badge Awards and Ivor Novello Awards every year, there is far more to us than these events.
We are the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.
BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world to protect copyright and ensure songwriters and composers are paid fairly for their work.
So that we may continue to do this, it is important that we can count the best songwriting and composing talent amongst our members. Our members include Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Anne Dudley, Guy Garvey, Nitin Sawhney, Gary Barlow, Peter Gabriel, David Arnold, Elton John, Imogen Heap, Orphy Robinson, Kate Bush, The 1975, and many more.
We are entirely self-funding and rely on the continuing support of our members to carry on our work.


The Gold Badge Awards are sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music. BASCA is grateful for their continued support and sponsorship.

PPL logoFounded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for tens of thousands of performers and record companies. We license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners. PPL’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

PPL has a market-leading international collections business, with 90 agreements in place, helping members to maximise their revenue when their repertoire is played overseas. We collected £218.8 million in the UK and internationally in 2017 and paid over 98,000 performers and record companies.

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music is also part of the joint venture company, PPL PRS Ltd, which issues TheMusicLicence, giving businesses in the UK access to over 22.2 million musical works.



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