The BMI award for Outstanding Career Achievement is named after past BMI Vice President Richard Kirk and is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions in the field of film and TV music. Former recipients include John Barry, Randy Edelman, Danny Elfman, Charlie Fox, Jerry Goldsmith, Earle Hagen, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, Thomas Newman, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Silvestri, Richard and Robert Sherman, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, John Williams, Patrick Williams and Hans Zimmer.
One of the most unique and prolific contemporary composers in film, television, interactive media and commercials, Mothersbaugh was a founding member of influential rock group DEVO, parlaying his avant-garde musical background into the world of scoring for filmed and animated entertainment. An artist both musically and in the literal definition, Mothersbaugh has created an aural framework with his scores for the forthcoming films "Lords of Dogtown" and "The Life Aquatic;" as well as having scored the hugely successful "Rugrats" television, stage and film franchise. He has also scored a diverse array of films and television shows, including "Thirteen," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Rushmore," "200 Cigarettes," "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Happy Gilmore," "The Mind of the Married Man," "Power Puff Girls," "Pee Wee's Playhouse," "Beakman's World" and more. With over 100 credits in the medium including over 400 commercial credits, Mothersbaugh is also co-owner of Mutato Muzika, an umbrella company that is home to a full-time staff of composers and music editors.