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This award acknowledges the album as a body of work; albums that exhibit creative consistency and exceptional songwriting.


(a) The album must have been published and commercially released in the UK for the first time during the calendar year ending 31 December 2021.

(b) The album must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least one third (33.3%) according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society.

In calculating the British or Irish contribution all writers will be considered, including the writers of any samples used.
A non-British or non-Irish national’s contribution can be considered, for the purposes of eligibility, provided the writer was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 (documentary proof will be required)

(c) The award recognises long play albums, not extended plays. Albums in this context are defined as over 25 minutes or more than four songs.

(d) The album must contain at least 75% original material; ‘original’ in this context is defined as a song copyright not previously released in the UK. 


(e) Entrants must provide a link to the album on Apple Music.

(f) The version of the album that was first released must be the album submitted for judging. Later versions of the release in special editions with extra songs will not be considered.

(g) Entrants must confirm the musical copyright for each song on the album by submitting separate song registrations at the relevant royalty collection society or publisher database. This should identify the songwriter and publisher interests and share contributions of all interested parties.

(h) Entrants must confirm the album’s original UK commercial release date and unique catalogue number.

(i) 300dpi digital image of the official album artwork.
This will be used in publicity should the work become nominated. In supplying the file, the entrant grants The Ivors Academy permission to use the image in relation to The Ivors 2022.