Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy relates to our website at or any related online or mobile service operated from time to time by or for The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (“Site“).

This Cookies Policy forms part of our Privacy Policy.  It explains how we use cookies via the Site to distinguish you from other users and helps us to provide you with a good experience when you use the Site.

By continuing to use the Site, you acknowledge our use of cookies.

About cookies

Cookies are widely used to allow websites to function efficiently.  A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that (depending on your browser settings) is deposited on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, mobile phone or other smart device (each, a “device”) when you visit an online or mobile site, if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device’s hard drive.  The cookie may be sent back to that site when you visit again, and may then be used by the server to identify and track your use of the site

There are two main types of cookies.  A “session cookie” is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your device until you leave a website.  A “persistent” cookie is a long-term cookie that will be stored by your device until its set expiry date (unless you delete it before the expiry date).

How we use cookies

We use the following types of cookies:

1.  Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies enable services you have specifically asked for

2. Performance cookies – these cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited

3. Functionality cookies – these cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience

4. Targeting cookies or advertising cookies – these cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
wordpress_2WordPress cookie for a logged in user.session
wordpress_logged_in_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_cookie2WordPress test cookiesession
wp-settings-1Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
wp-settings-time-2Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
PHPSESSID1To identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESS1To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session



We may introduce further types of cookie from time to time to improve your experience of the Site.  If we do so, we shall update the list above to note any further main cookies used on the Site.

Third-party cookies

Our Cookies Policy does not cover any third-party online or mobile sites that are linked to the Site. If you click through to those sites, they may set cookies on your device. To understand which cookies are used by those third parties and how they use your data, please read their privacy and cookies policies. We accept no responsibility or liability for those third-party sites.

The Site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics measures how users interact with our Site content through the use of tracking cookies. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides our Site with tags to record information about the page a user has seen, such as the page URL, time and date of visit, length of visit, country of residence and language settings.

The information generated by Google’s cookies about your use of the Site (including your IP address) is anonymous and will be sent to Google and held on Google’s servers in the USA in accordance with Google’s privacy policy (available at Please note that Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.  Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You can find out more information on how Google uses cookies at: ]

The Site uses New Relic: Basic page load timing instrumentation. This will use the default cookies – but no personal info collected as described in page above.

Managing cookies

If you object to the use of cookies on the Site, most browsers can be configured to alert you to their use or to enable you to block or reject cookies. You can also delete cookies already stored on your device. To learn how to reject or delete cookies, we recommend that you consult the “Help” function of your internet browser or, for a mobile phone, your handset manual.   To disable cookies in your chosen browser, you can click on the links below for instructions:

  • Disable cookies in Internet Explorer:

  • Disable cookies in Chrome:

  • Disable cookies in Firefox:

Further information on rejection and deletion of cookies is provided on

If, however, you decide to disable or delete any cookies, some services or features on the Site (especially interactive features) may not work properly.  Disabling or deleting cookies may also affect your ability to use other websites.

Contact us

If you have any queries about our Cookies Policy or our use of cookies, please contact us at:

Email address: 

Postal address:          Data Protection Officer, BASCA, 2 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG, United Kingdom

Changes to this Cookies Policy

We may at any time update or otherwise modify this Cookies Policy. We will notify you of any changes to our Cookies Policy by posting the modified Cookies Policy on the Site.

We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.


Cookies Policy updated:  May 2018

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