As is stated in ASCAP's announcement:
This award couldn't go to better and more influential composers! Since their first composing gig (Dangerous Minds) to their current Television work (The Witches of East End), Lisa and Wendy have inspired and encouraged both women and a new generation of musicians to consider the art of movie and television composition.The Shirley Walker Award honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Shirley Walker, an ASCAP member, was the first prominent female film and TV composer. As the first female composer to get a solo score credit on a major Hollywood motion picture, she is remembered as a pioneer for women in the film industry."Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are two of the finest composers working in film and TV music," said ASCAP Vice President of Film & TV/Visual Media Shawn LeMone. "Their music sets new standards for excellence, and their achievements have inspired a generation of female composers looking to follow their lead. I can think of no more deserving recipients of ASCAP's very first Shirley Walker Award."
The award ceremony will be held June 25th, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Unfortunately, for us fans (who would love to be there), the ceremony is by invitation only. Hopefully, ASCAP will either provide video or a great description of the ceremony.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS to the dynamic duo! This is an award that is well-deserved and couldn't go to more talented musicians.
Billboard also released an announcement that you can read here: Wendy & Lisa to Receive ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley WalkerAward