United Kingdom: Bonnie Tyler to receive a BASCA award

U.S. priorities continue to be supporting the peace process and devolved political institutions in Northern Ireland and encouraging the implementation of the U.S.-brokered 1998 Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, and the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement. U.S. Assistance to the United Kingdom The International Fund for Ireland (IFI), created in 1986, provides funding for projects to generate cross-community engagement and economic opportunity in Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom) and the border counties of Ireland. Since the IFI’s establishment, the U.S. Government has contributed over $500 million, roughly half of total IFI funding. The other major donor to IFI is the European Union. Bilateral Economic Relations The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and a major international trading power. The United Kingdom is one of the largest markets for U.S. goods exports and one of the largest suppliers of U.S. imports. The United States and the United Kingdom share the world’s largest bilateral foreign direct investment partnerships.

Anthony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe represented the United Kingdom in 2011 with the song I Can achieving 100 points and 11th place – one of the highest places for some years. They talked to the host about various topics including how being on tour has taken on new meaning now that all of them are parents. They were also there to publicise their new tour Roulette which starts in Nottingham on 13 October. This follows their participation in the tv show The Big Reunion and follow up sold out show on 3rd May in London. The 21 day tour will take them to many cities in England, Scotland and Wales. Stay tuned to esctoday.com for the latest information on the UK and the Eurovision Song Contest . About the author Robin Scott I attended my first Eurovision Song Contest in 1995, and from 1996 presented daily live reports for radio stations from the event. Since then I have been providing material from everywhere the contest has been held. I also enjoy compiling most of the video materials for three UK ESC events each year. In 2010 I first provided material for esctoday.com.

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The pop icon represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with Believe in Me. Born in Skewen, South Wales she has released over sixteen studio albums. Her biggest successes include the album Faster Than The Speed Of Night in 1983, which included multi-platinum selling power ballads Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero. Simon Darlow, Chairman of BASCA commented -I love the Gold Badge Awards! They are warmly given to those who contribute so much, often behind the scenes, to make our business so successful. It’s an honour and a pleasure for BASCA to give these awards in celebration of their achievements. Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music said :The Gold Badge Awards celebrate those from across the business, who through their professional endeavours, benefit the work of songwriters and composers. Film production, art work, industry and legal support to management and performance all have a crucial part to play in keeping British music on a global stage. The recipients this year are all worthy winners and Im delighted we have the chance to celebrate and recognise their contribution. Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more news and information on Bonnie Tyler and the Eurovision Song Contest . About the author Robin Scott I attended my first Eurovision Song Contest in 1995, and from 1996 presented daily live reports for radio stations from the event. Since then I have been providing material from everywhere the contest has been held. I also enjoy compiling most of the video materials for three UK ESC events each year.