BASCA scholarship recipient revealed

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Rising singer-songwriter Elsa Thurley has become the fourth annual recipient of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) scholarship.

The scholarship, presented in conjunction with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), covers Thurley’s fees for the Creative Songwriting course at the college.

Runners up include Samuel Deed and Leoni Kennedy, who played alongside Thurley at BASCA’s summer party earlier this week.

In related news, BASCA has announced the results of its recent board and committee elections. Over recent weeks its members have elected representatives across classical, jazz, media and songwriting genres, with a number of new faces joining those committees and the board.

As well as nine existing board members – Crispin Hunt, Gary Carpenter, Issie Barratt, Mark Ayres, Marc Sylvan, Helienne Lindvall, Paul Hartnoll, William Sweeney and Rupert Hine, who all retain their seats, Stephen McNeff returns with four new elected members.

These are Jo Thomas, Martyn Ware, PRS Board member Dru Masters and Orphy Robinson. Two independent board members will be announced in the near future.

Following these elections Hunt – who will remain in post as chair of the BASCA Board for a further three-year term – said: ‘I’m delighted to unveil our new board and committees, which demonstrates the amazing strength and depth of expertise and experience that we have among the BASCA membership.

‘There are big challenges ahead of us, not least the ongoing issues surrounding Article 13, but I am confident that these strong, diverse teams can be instrumental in taking us forward towards what we all think can be a bright future for songwriters and composers.’

BASCA has also confirmed a move to new offices at the newly opened The Ministry, in Borough, South London.

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