Elliot Goldenthal will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Founders Award at the performing rights organization’s 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards, taking place March 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The honor is reserved for songwriters and composers “who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators,” according to ASCAP.
Goldenthal, who has composed for the stage, screen and opera house, won an Oscar for his score to “Frida,” directed by frequent collaborator Julie Taymor. His other scores include Taymor’s “The Tempest,” “Across the Universe” and “Titus”; Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” and “Heat”; and Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy.”
Having been designated for the Founders Award, he follows in the footseps of past recipients Quincy Jones, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Elmer Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
“Elliot’s staggering body of work has earned him admiration from film, classical music and theater audiences,” said ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams in a statement. “His distinctive style has created engrossing moments for listeners across all of these mediums.”
Also being honored on March 9 is composer-arranger-producer Deborah Lurie, who will be given the the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award, established just last year to recognize “the diversity of film and television music.” Walker, one of the first prominent female composers working in film and television, is considered a pioneer by the organization.
Lurie’s scores can be heard in such films as the “Footloose” remake (2011), the Justin Bieber doc “Never Say Never” and Lasse Hallström’s “Dear John.”
“Debbie’s star has continued to climb as she’s gone from composing for feature films to writing for recording artists like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber,” said Shawn LeMone, ASCAP’s VP of film & TV/visual media in a release. “It’s been fascinating to watch her trajectory, and we at ASCAP have no doubt she’ll continue to add her singular voice to the spectrum of today’s composers.”
ASCAP touts more than 525,000 members, representing some 10 million copyrighted works.