The Hollywood Music in Media Awards returns live for the annual celebration. This year, the HMMA will present the distinguished Career Achievement Award to composer Kurt Farquhar at the organization’s 13th annual awards ceremony on November 16th at the Avalon in Hollywood. This marks the first time since 2019 that the event will take place as a live, in-person ceremony, following two years of virtual ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Submissions in all categories of music for film, TV and videogames are now open until October 15th.

Kurt Farquhar is the most prolific black television composer in history. The Chicago born, LA based Farquhar is an award-winning composer, producer and songwriter who has scored more primetime television series than any other African American composer over the course of the last 32 years. He is the musical architect of some of the most iconic and beloved television series including The Neighborhood, The King of QueensSister, SisterMoesha, and Girlfriends.  HMMA Executive Producer Brent Harvey commented on Farquhar, “We are so proud to be honoring Kurt.  He is an incredibly talented composer with a great message.  After overcoming homelessness, he became a Hollywood success story. His journey is an inspiration to all.”

Kurt Farquhar joins a distinguished list of past HMMA honorees including Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Diane Warren, Earth, Wind & Fire, Glen Campbell, Dave Mason and film composers John Debney and Christopher Young.

The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) is the premier award organization to honor original music (Song and Score) in all forms of visual media. HMMA winners and nominees have historically become the nominees and winners of other mainstream awards shows that occur months later, including the Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys.  Past winners include the 2022 Oscar winning score by Hans Zimmer for DUNE, and Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s Oscar winning Original Song “No Time to Die” from NO TIME TO DIE. 

Other previous winners include Hildur Guðnadóttir for JOKER, Ludwig Goransson for BLACK PANTHER, Alexandre Desplat for SHAPE OF WATER, Nicholas Britell for SUCCESSION, songs from LA LA LAND, A STAR IS BORN and more.

The HMMA blue-ribbon judges consist of select journalists, along with Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy voters. With over 1000 submissions from around the world, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video games including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary, and animation.

About Kurt Farquhar
Kurt Farquhar has scored more primetime television series than any other African American composer over the course of the last 32 years. A television and film composer, songwriter, producer and founder/CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing company, Farquhar’s credits include hit series such as Disney+’s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder; Netflix’s First Kill; The History Channel’s mini-series Abraham Lincoln; CBS’ The Neighborhood; and The King of Queens; The CW's Black Lightning; and Girlfriends; Own’s Ambitions; and genre-defining series for the BET network such as SacrificeAmerican SoulGames People PlayThe QuadBeing Mary JaneReal Husbands of HollywoodIn Contempt. His music can also be heard on Sister, SisterMoeshaSoul FoodIn The HouseStitchersNed and Stacey; and many more. 

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Submissions for the 13th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards are open now until October 15th.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held The Avalon, Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 on November 16, 2022.

Tickets to attend the ceremony will be available on October 1st.

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