Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) announced the creation of the John Williams Award, which will be presented at the 34th annual BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards in May. The first recipient of the award will be the legendary film composer himself, John Williams.
The private event will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, and BMI Vice President Creative-Film, TV & Visual Media, Doreen Ringer-Ross. With the award announcement, Ringer-Ross said:
“John Williams is unequivocally one of the most iconic film and television composers of our time. By continuing to create and add to his prolific body of work, he’s made a lasting impression on music lovers around the world, and an entire community of composers who he continues to inspire. Because of this, and for all that he has given the world of music and beyond, we felt it was appropriate to honor John with this special award.”
Williams is a five-time Academy Award winner. He won his first Oscar for the Adapted Score for “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971. In 1976, he won again for “Jaws,” followed by “Star Wars” in 1977, “ET” in 1982, and “Schindler’s List” in 1993. He has 51 total Oscar nominations. Some of the films that did not win him Academy Awards include “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
The evening will also be a time to honor Laura Karpman, Miriam Cutler, and Lolita Ritmanis with the BMI Champion Award. They are receiving the award for “their commitment to supporting fellow women media composers.” The three founded The Alliance of Women Film Composers in 2014.
BMI’s Classic Contribution Award will be presented to composer Rick Baltz for creating and leading the “Composing for the Screen” workshop.
The evening will also honor the composers of 2017’s highest grossing films and top-rated television series.
The 34th BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards will be presented on May 9th in Beverly Hills.