Our History

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors created the Gold Badge Awards in 1974.

As the Ivor Novello Awards were nearing their 20th year songwriter, Jimmy Kennedy, then Chairman of The Songwriters’ Guild of Great Britain (now BASCA), decided a public tribute to those working in support of songwriters was long overdue.  As a result the Gold Badge Awards was born.

The first ceremony was held as part of the Music Publishers’ Association lunch in London’s Connaught Rooms on 12th September 1974. The first year included record producer Mickie Most, musical director Vilem Tausky and Vera Lynn.

Each occasion acknowledges at least twelve recipients and represents a diverse range of talent.  Some people who outside the public eye to those who support songwriters and composers through performing or promoting their music. What brings them together is that each recipient has made a unique contribution to the UK music industry.

The Gold Badge Awards have been presented by BASCA every October since 1974.  They are a great day in the songwriting and composing calendar.


God knows how he does his job, but I thank God that he does it 

David Arnold

on copyist Vic Fraser

Not a day goes by when I don’t feel blessed that I work in music … the amazing achievement that this room adds up to is thrilling enough.

Howard Goodall

on receiving his award in 2006


It’s a great honour.  This is the best award, really, it’s an insider’s award.  It’s really nice to be recognised by the people you work with and your peers

John Paul Jones

on receiving his award in 2010

She has been an underestimated tastemaker in this industry and I’m so pleased she’s being recognised here. 

Steve Lamacq

on broadcaster Jo Whiley


Few artists of Kate’s stature have kept it this simple, this direct, have achieved so much creativity and – more important of all – given so much to others to enjoy and enrich their lives.

Colin Hall

on musician Kate Rusby

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