September 2, 2010
Don Black to be Named Icon at BMI London Awards
LONDON, September 2, 2010 – Songwriter Don Black, OBE will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s annual London Awards. The ceremony is Tuesday, October 5 at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; and Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia Brandon Bakshi, the gala recognizes the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on American radio and television represented by BMI in the U.S.
BMI songwriters who have bestowed “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” are recognized as Icons. Don Black joins a list of past honorees that includes Donovan, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.
Don Black wrote songs for films including The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa, and James Bond theme songs “Thunderball,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “Surrender” from Tomorrow Never Dies and “The World is Not Enough.” His compositions “Ben” and “To Sir with Love” topped U.S. charts for Michael Jackson and Lulu, respectively, while his Oscar-winning “Born Free” is a classic. Collaborating with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, he also contributed Tony-winning words to Sunset Boulevard. In addition to six Ivor Novellos and a Golden Globe, he was awarded OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the City of London University. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Don Black in 2007.
BMI collects royalties for Don Black in the U.S. He is a member of British performing right society PRS for Music.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI reported $905 million for its 2009 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
USA – Hanna Pantle, BMI
UK – Kate Etteridge, LD Communications