T Bone Burnett to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard Film and TV Conference

T Bone Burnett

Oscar- and multiple-Grammy-winning producer, musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett will receive the Maestro Award at the 2013 Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Burnett will be honored for his work in film and television music, most recently as executive music producer of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the CBS Films release that opens in theaters Dec. 20. It is his fourth time working with the Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel, who directed and wrote the fictional film about the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s. The film has already earned great critical acclaim, garnering the Gran Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and further raves at the recent Telluride Film Festival.

Burnett will participate in a Q&A after the award presentation at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The two-day conference, being held Oct. 29 and 30, includes panels, Q&As and case studies with composers, music supervisors, artists and executives from across the film, television, advertising and music industries.

The Maestro Award is given annually to artists who have made a lasting contribution to film and television music. Previous winners include composers Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Alan Menken and Thomas Newman, as well as songwriter Diane Warren.

Burnett has an unparalleled reputation as an innovative artist, songwriter, producer, and artists’ advocate. A 12-time Grammy Award winner -- five of which came from his work on the Coens’ “O Brother Where Art Thou?” -- his film work includes “Crazy Heart,” for which he won an Academy Award, and the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games.” He oversaw production of the music and composed the score for the first season of ABC’s “Nashville.”

His first major foray into film was his 1999 collaboration with the Coen Brothers on “The Big Lebowski,” for which he was credited as "musical archivist." He has since served as executive music producer on many films, including “Across the Universe,” “Walk the Line” and “The Divine Secrets Of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”

A storied producer, his most recent work includes albums with Diana Krall; Elton John, whose album “The Diving Board” will be released Sept. 24; and the Secret Sisters, whose followup to their critically acclaimed debut will be released early next year.


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