Composer Rolfe Kent honored with BMI career award

Scores include "Sideways," "Up in the Air," "Dexter"

Rolfe Kent, composer of the scores for “Sideways,” “Up in the Air” and the theme for TV’s “Dexter,” received BMI’s Richard Kirk Award for career achievement Wednesday night at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Kent joins John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry, past recipients of the performing-rights society’s top honor. BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and VP, film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross made the presentation.

More than 50 other awards were handed out to composers and songwriters for their work in top-grossing films and top-rated TV shows. Bryant claimed more than half of all movies and more than 70% of primetime network programs feature music from BMI composers.

Aside from Kent, the evening’s longest standing ovation went to the 80-year-old Williams, who picked up awards for his music for last year’s “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”

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