Mychael Danna Receives Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film/TV Awards

May 15
9:08 2014

Mychael Danna Receives Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film/TV AwardsBroadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, held its annual Film/TV Awards last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony saluted the composers of music featured in the past year's top-grossing films, top-rated Primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.

*Pictured: BMI CEO Mike O'Neill; BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross; Richard Kirk Award winner Mychael Danna; and BMI President Del Bryant

Mychael Danna received BMI's Richard Kirk Award, which is bestowed on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music. As the 2014 recipient of the Richard Kirk Award, Danna joins a prestigious list that includes Cliff Martinez, David Arnold, Rachel Portman (PRS), Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Christopher Young, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, Rolfe Kent, Charlie FOX and John Williams.

BMI also acknowledged two luminaries in the fields of composition and film music journalism: composer Randy Edelman and journalist Jon Burlingame. Former Richard Kirk award recipient Edelman, who has composed for films including The Last of the Mohicans, Gods and Generals, While You Were Sleeping and The Mask, received the BMI Spotlight Award in recognition of the use of his theme for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. in games of the Olympiads spanning nearly two decades. Burlingame, a leading writer on the subject of music for film and the author of four books, was given a Special Citation of Appreciation for his expertise in the discipline.

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, director Atom Egoyan. Danna has composed music for all of Egoyan's films since 1987's Family Viewing, winning the Genie for films Exotica, Felicia's Journey, Ararat and The Sweet Hereafter. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Moneyball, Capote, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monsoon Wedding, Shattered Glass, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Surf's Up, Water, Antwone Fisher, Being Julia and Girl, Interrupted.

Additional BMI Film/TV Award winners included visionary composers James Newton Howard, Junkie XL, Bryan Tyler, Danny Elfman and Mark Mothersbaugh, among others. For a complete list of winners, as well as information on BMI's film and television composers and events, please visit

The 2014 BMI Film/TV Awards were hosted by BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI CEO Mike O'Neill and BMI President Del Bryant.


Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.

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