Latina composer Germaine Franco was one of two honorees at last night’s ASCAP Screen Music Awards in Los Angeles. She was recognized with the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award, which honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. The award is named after ASCAP member Shirley Walker, who is one of the first prominent female composers working in film and television and is remembered as a pioneer for women working in the film industry. Germaine was proud to wear an original dress by Mexican designer Lydia Lavin as she was honored with the evening’s prestigious award.
Germaine gave an inspiring acceptance speech, calling for unity: “To all the female composers out there, to all of the people of color, to all of room, we’re all one community. Let’s not be divided by the titles. Let’s just create music together, create love and hope and joy because we know the line between our life and the next chapter is very fine. So instead of building the barriers, let’s just break them down. And I like to do that through music and I hope you’ll join me.”
Franco is best known for her work on Disney/Pixar’s Coco, where she was a songwriter, co-orchestrator, arranger, and producer. Her work on Coco earned her an Annie Award – the animation industry’s highest honor. Her next score release is for the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Tag, which hits theaters on June 15th. Her work can also be heard on the new series Vida, which is currently airing on STARZ.