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Monday, June 2, 2014

Congratulations to Wendy & Lisa on Their ASCAP Honor!

Today, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman will be the recipients of the very first ASCAP Shirley Walker Award! 

As is stated in ASCAP's announcement:
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." 
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 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

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wendy & Lisa are Honored at Score! (Video Included)

Sorry! It's been a while since there has been a good Wendy & Lisa News post, but the ladies have been pretty quiet (they are probably doing something cool like 'working' and 'living life'. lol).

However, the dynamic duo were recently honored at a first-time, sold-out event called "Score!" As the Hollywood Reporter says, Score! is the brainchild of TV Academy Music Peer Group Governor Michael A. Levine who envisioned a concert in which a 67-piece orchestra and a 40-voice LA chorus would perform some of TV music's greatest compositions. The event, sponsored by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, was held May 21st at UCLA's Royce Hall. 

Both Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin were in the audience to see their work from Heroes, Touch, Carnivale, and Nurse Jackie conducted by the very talented Suzie Katayama (who played stings along with Lisa's brother, David Coleman, on Purple Rain's "Take Me With You", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". Ms. Katayama also did work on Madonna's Ray of Light album and has worked with many other great performers).

The "Score!" event is yet another reminder (besides their Emmy) of how talented both Lisa & Wendy truly are. In a field heavily dominated by men, they demonstrate the breadth, talent, and work ethic that women can posses and combine these ideals to reach the highest echelons of television composing. As a woman, they will always be an inspiration to me (and, if I had an ounce of musical ability, they would be even greater roll models).

Thanks to the ladies' great manager, we can witness their very cool honor!