Bucks Music Group has become the first publisher to pay for all its new signings to join the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
Bucks Music, which has a long track record of discovering and developing new and emerging songwriters, performers and composers, is helping its writers join BASCA as a part of an ongoing commitment to empowering young talent.
The company has also reaffirmed its desire to help reinforce the British music creator’s voice by supporting its collective representation via BASCA.
BASCA is an independent, professional association representing music writers across all genres. It exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music. Its membership includes Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Gary Barlow, David Arnold, Kate Bush, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, Harrison Birtwhistle and Chris Martin.
Crispin Hunt, chair of BASCA, said: ‘This is what the successful future of music looks like: its creators and publishers, side-by-side, championing and reinforcing an empowered creator voice.
‘Bucks Music continues to lead the way by proving they are true friends of the BASCA movement. This commitment makes total sense; Bucks’ incredible catalogue overlaps with our incredible membership across music’s history, and now it will do so across its future. This is a huge step down the path of musical enlightenment the future success of our industry will demand!’
Simon Platz, Bucks Music Group managing director, added: ‘Bucks is a firm believer in the good work that BASCA does and the platform it provides to songwriters and composers at all levels, across all genres and disciplines.
‘This new opportunity will be available to all of our new publishing signings, but will particularly benefit the young, emerging songwriters. Every emerging and established music creator should join BASCA to strengthen our voice, broaden our community and be a part of the diversity of UK music we celebrate. Publishers are increasingly aware of the importance of having a strong, informed and united creator voice.’