ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 29th Annual Awards Celebration
ASCAP hosted its 29th annual Film & Television Music Awards last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the performing rights organization paid special tribute to Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, while honoring composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.
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KCRW host and music supervisor Liza Richardson presented the inaugural Shirley Walker Award to Emmy Award-winning composing duo Melvoin and Coleman, who, as Wendy & Lisa, played with Prince in the Revolution. The award honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Walker, an ASCAP member, was one of the first prominent female composers working in film and television.
ASCAP also bestowed its inaugural Composers’ Choice Awards at the ceremony, the first time that the voting process was opened to all ASCAP writer members. Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated composer John Debney presented the Composers’ Choice Award for Best ASCAP Film Score of 2013 to Steven Price, for his score from Gravity. Nineteen-time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Snow presented the Composers’ Choice Award for Best ASCAP TV Composer of 2013 to both Bear McCreary for The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Da Vinci’s Demons and Dave Porter for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and Red Widow, who tied for the honor.
Performances of the evening included The Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson singing his winning theme from The Big Bang Theory; a string quartet playing music from Garry Schyman's Top Video Game Score-winning music to BioShock Infinite; and a house band led by Kevin Teasley and featuring vocalist Crystal Starr, who performed a selection of Oscar-winning ASCAP songs from across film music history — including a rendition of “Moon River,” performed with flutist Sara Andon.
The evening also featured a video retrospective of ASCAP film composers and their iconic scores from across ASCAP’s first 100 years as the world’s leading performing rights organization.
ASCAP composers whose combined works earned the highest number of performance credits on network, local and cable television in the category of themes and dramatic underscore for the 2013 survey year were Joel Beckerman, Sean Callery, John Debney, Robert Duncan, James Levine, Jeff Lippencott, Walter Murphy, Didier Lean Rachou, David Vanacore and Mark T. Williams.