As the Ivor Novello Awards were nearing their 20th year the legendary songwriter, Jimmy Kennedy, then Chairman of The Songwriters’ Guild of Great Britain (now BASCA), decided a publicly recognised tribute to those who worked in support of songwriters was long overdue and so 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 – from people whose work is totally remote from public awareness to those who support songwriters through performing or promoting their music.
What brings them together is that each recipient has made an outstanding contribution to Britain’s music industry.