German authors rights society GEMA is planning to launch an awards gala from next May, which will be loosely based on the model of Britain's esteemed Ivor Novello Awards.

A committee comprising the likes of Dagmar Sikorski, president of the German Music Publishers' Association, and GEMA supervisory board member Prof. Michael Karnstedt, will define ten categories for the new event, which has a working title, "German Music Authors' Awards". Chart successes will not play a key role in choosing the winner.

The committee hopes to approve the name of the award and the design of its trophy within the coming months.

One of the crown jewels in Britain's music industry calendar, the Ivor Novellos are presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with the Performing Right Society, and are judged either by a BACS members' panel or on sales/broadcast performance. The 53rd edition of the annual ceremony was held May 22 in central London.

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