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Works which use sound as both their medium and their subject, including installations, sculptural, electroacoustic and audience-interactive pieces.

(a) To be eligible the musical work must have been composed by a British national or a sound artist who was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

(b) The work must have received its first UK public performance  between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

In the context of The Ivors Composer Awards, the first UK public performance can be either:

•    a live performance of the work, accessible to the UK public
•    a live, or pre-recorded, streamed performance of the work accessible to the UK public
•    a performance of the work broadcast on a radio station accessible to the UK public 
•    the appearance of the work on a commercial recording available in the UK, if the recorded release denotes the work’s premiere

(c) Works must have been completed after 1 April 2010.

(d) The Academy promotes anonymous judging across The Ivors Composer Awards. As such, entrants are asked to remove any reference to the identity of the sound artist on submitted material, where possible.

(e) An anonymised PDF score must be submitted  if one exists. Otherwise, please submit any other files documenting the work, for example, graphic score, project reports and/or images.  

(f) An audio file (at least 128 kbps MP3) of the entire work must be submitted. Video files can be submitted if the visual performance is integral to the piece [.mp4 or .mov file format, audio codec stereo audio, aspect ratio 16.9 and file size cannot exceed 10GB).

(g) An anonymised description or context to the work, of up to  300 words, must be submitted with each entry.

(h) If the work qualifies through appearance on a commercial recording, entrants must supply the release’s catalogue number and original UK commercial release date. 

(i) If the work qualifies through a live or streamed performance or broadcast, entrants must supply evidence of the date of the performance or broadcast.

(j) The sound artist’s latest biography and the work’s programme note, and resume of exposure must be submitted. This information is not revealed to the judges but used for administration purposes.