The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin.

GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-year-old Thomas at a press conference today (May 13) in Berlin. Over the last 50 years, Thomas has written the music for over 100 movies and 600 TV soundtracks.

His soundtrack for the 1960s science fiction TV series "Raumpatrouille," shown under the title "Space Patrol Orion" in English-speaking territories, has been covered or sampled by more than 50 acts including Pulp, Stereolab and Coldcut, said Heker.

GEMA's German Music Authors' Awards will be presented in 10 categories to composers and lyricists. It will take place at the Axica Building at the Paris Square in Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate.

Awards will be decided by a jury, who are members of GEMA. "For the German Music Authors' Award quantity is not a criterion, sales successes do not play a key role in choosing the winner," said Heker. "The quality of the authors' works plays the important role. Authors will award their colleagues."

According to GEMA supervisory board member Prof Michael Karnstedt, European chairman of Peermusic in Hamburg, the German Music Authors' Awards is modelled on Britain's Ivor Novello Awards presented in London by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with PRS for Music.