The Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors are presented annually to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. The Ivor Novello Awards are presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music.

Five songwriting tips from Mike Myers

Songwriter and record producer Mike Myers shares his songwriting tips. Mike has been writing songs for over 35 years and has sold over 40 million records to date.

Make It Happen 6 – Beverley Knight on songwriting

UK soul singer Beverley Knight knows a thing or two about writing songs. She's been in the business for 16 years, released six studio albums and has just released her seventh, Soul UK, which features covers of British soul songs that inspired Knight whilst she was growing up. Here, Beverley provides a few tips to help out budding songwriters.

Aim for America 2011

Independent music body Aim and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will focus on digital industries during this year’s US trade mission, and are inviting delegates to apply for funding to finance their visit. The mission, which takes place on 20 June, seeks to promote lasting links between the UK and US music industries to ensure the prosperity of British music abroad.

Introducing the new PRS Chairman

Some of you may remember Guy Fletcher from the swinging Sixties and Seventies, when songs he wrote were performed by everyone from Elvis Presley to Ray Charles. Having cut his teeth working with the very best of the best, Fletcher has earned himself a place in the vaults of pop history and, in 2005, an OBE for his services to British music.

Access All Areas – free music seminar

Rhythm of London in partnership with Small Green Shoots presents Access All Areas. Access All Areas is an exclusive free music seminar at City Hall for people aged between 16-25 who are passionate about music.

Seminar: Soundalikes, Parody and Plagiarism

A BASCA seminar that takes place in the PRS for Music Boardroom on Thursday 31 March will look at how to stay clear of the rocks of plagiarism, even when instructed to sail close to the wind by a producer or director. Other elephant traps lie in the area of deliberate soundalikes, or where the specific aim of the composition is to parody an original.

Performing live in the USA?

Did you know there are three royalty collection societies in North America for songwriters? They are The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) and SESAC. If you've performed a gig in the US and want to receive any royalties you are owed as soon as possible, it's a good idea to register your live performance details with PRS for Music as soon as possible after the event using the On-Line Live Reporting process on the PRS for Music website.