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4. Best Album

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

Eligibility

(a) To be eligible 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 taken into account, including the writers of any samples used.
A Non-British or non-Irish national’s contribution can be taken into account, for the purposes of eligibility, provided the writer was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019 (documentary proof will be required).

(b) All submitted works must have been published and commercially released during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019.
To be eligible the album must also have as an entry in The Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019.

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

Entry

(d) The version of the album that enters the chart on date of release should be the album submitted for judging. Later versions of the release in special editions with extra tracks etc. will not be considered.

(e) All entries are judged anonymously. As such, entrants must remove any reference to the songwriters or composers who created the work on submitted materials.

(f) An audio file (at least 128 kbps MP3) of each track on the album must be submitted with each entry. 
Please ensure each file is titled just as track number, title of song with no further details. 

(g) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the album registration at the relevant royalty collection society, identifying the writer and publisher interests and share contributions.

Candidates for Nomination

(h) There will be no more than three nominated albums in this category.

(i) There will be one winning album in this category.

(j) The Academy will credit each writer, regardless of nationality, whose personal contribution is at least 10% of the writers share in the work according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society, and the corresponding UK publisher.
To calculate the personal contribution across an entire album, the album will be divided by the number of eligible tracks (i.e. excluding cover versions) so, for an album with say 10 eligible tracks each track is worth 10%.

(k) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning writer in line with clause j. Only these writers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.

(l) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to the corresponding UK publisher.  
Additional statuettes may be awarded to bona fide co-publishers in the case of co-written and co-published works in line with clause j. Only one representative from each publisher will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.
For the avoidance of doubt, the UK publisher shall include any person, firm or company owning or controlling the copyright in the nominated work in the UK during the qualifying period.

Judging

(m) An Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition and all eligible submissions will be assessed by specially appointed juries; the members of which shall be chosen by The Ivors Academy:

(i) The Academy aims to have seven judges on each panel.
(ii) Any appointed juror found to have a conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest during a judging session will be asked to forgo their role.
(iii) An Independent Adjudicator will be present at each jury session, in a non-voting capacity.
(iv) All judges will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

(n) In all cases, the final decision rests with The Ivors Academy and correspondence will not be entered into with respect to such decisions.

(o) Any works where there is or appears to be a genuine ownership, authorship or author-share dispute may, at the discretion of The Ivors Academy Board, be disqualified.