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This award recognises outstanding composition for a television programme; how well the original music enhances the visual content.


(a) The original music must have been broadcast as part of a programme that received its first transmission in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2021 on terrestrial, cable, satellite or digital channels including web-based broadcasters who commission original content (such as Netflix).

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

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 between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 (documentary proof will be required).


(c) A video file containing a selection of original music cues from the programme must be submitted with each entry:

  1. The file format must be .mp4
  2. The audio codec should be stereo audio (one audio stream with two channels L and R).
  3. The aspect ratio should be 16:9.
  4. The file size cannot exceed 10GB.
  5. The Academy strongly recommends that the composer of the musical score chooses the cues as the selection of clips should best highlight the compositional excellence against the visuals.
  6. Cues can be shown in any order the composer feels best highlights their work.
  7. There is no limit to the number of cues, but the overall duration must be no longer than 15 minutes.
  8. Music must be shown in the context of the visuals as it appeared in its original broadcast – audio levels of the music against dialogue/action should not be modified in any way.
  9. The composer’s name must not appear at any point.

(d) Cue sheets should be provided for the entire broadcast, marked up to indicate which cues were originally composed for the programme and which were not.

The cue sheet should also specify the overall percentage of original composition.

Where there is more than one composer, the percentage of cues each composer has written must be clearly marked.

(e) Entrants must provide the programme’s UK televised broadcast date.

(f) Entrants must provide a short outline, of no more than 250 words, detailing how they approached scoring the broadcast.

(g) 300dpi digital image of the official broadcast 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.