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An Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition with awards judged by the music creator community.

(a) All eligible submissions for the Rising Star Award with Apple Music will be assessed by The Ivors Awards Committee or those it delegates responsibility to.

(b) All eligible submissions in the categories Best Album, Best Contemporary Song, Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Video Game Score and Best Television Soundtrack will be assessed by specially appointed judges; 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 judge 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 judging session, in a non-voting capacity.
(iv) All judging sessions will be led by a Chair, in a non-voting capacity.
(v) All judges will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

(c) 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.

(d) The Ivors Academy reserves the right not to make an award in any category.

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

(f) The judges will be acknowledged in the commemorative programme and on The Ivors Academy website.