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This award recognises outstanding originality in songwriting. Songs which capture the moment and/or explore the boundaries of contemporary music.


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

(b) The song 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) A song may only be submitted into either Best Contemporary Song or Best Song Musically and Lyrically and not both categories. Entrants should consider each category’s criteria and enter the song into the category they feel best reflects the songwriting. If in doubt please contact the Academy’s Awards Team.

The Academy reserves the right to transfer a song from either category, to be determined by the relevant Ivor Novello Award judges.


(d) Entrants must provide a link to the song on Apple Music.

(e) A PDF of the official song lyrics must be submitted.
Please ensure the names of the songwriters are not included.

(f) Entrants must confirm the musical copyright for the song by submitting a PDF of the song registration at the relevant royalty collection society or publisher database. This should identify the songwriter and publisher interests and share contributions of all interested parties.

(g) Entrants must confirm the song’s original UK commercial release date.

(h) 300dpi digital image of the official song 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.