The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) names Diane Warren (songwriter) and Thomas Newman (composer) as the newest SCL Ambassadors. SCL honored Ambassadors include Lalo Schifrin, Hal David, James Newton Howard, Dave Grusin, The Sherman Brothers, Elliot Goldenthal, Burt Bacharach, Leiber and Stoller, Mark Isham and Randy Newman.

The SCL Ambassador Program was established to revere the elite group of screen composers, lyricists and songwriters whose contributions have made a significant impact in music for film, television, and video games. The talent showcased by these individuals has set the standard for music in visual media and they are leading representatives of their craft.

About composer Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman has earned a reputation as a trend-setter in musical composition. He has composed music for over five dozen feature films, 13 of which received Academy Award nominations. The motion pictures that have brought him Academy Award nominations include The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and more. Other accolades include winning three Golden Globes, two BAFTA’s, one Emmy and six Grammys. Thomas Newman earned two Grammy Awards for the renowned television series Six Feet Under. Additionally, his critically-acclaimed score for the epic miniseries Angels in America earned him a Grammy nomination. He has worked with renowned directors including Sam Mendes (Spectre), Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies), Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects), Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) and Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes). Outside his work as a screen composer, Newman has composed for the concert stage. His latest concert piece was a chamber work titled “It Got Dark,” commissioned by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, as part of a separate commission by the esteemed Los Angeles Philharmonic. The work was expanded and adapted for symphony orchestra and string quartet, and premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

About songwriter Diane Warren

Diane Warren is one of the most prolific songwriters of our time. Her songs are featured in over 100 motion pictures resulting in eight Academy Award nominations. Warren most recently received her eighth Oscar nomination, a Grammy nomination and won an Emmy Award for the original song “Til It Happens To You,” [important song and video, make sure to watch it here] written by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga, and performed by Lady Gaga, from the critically acclaimed documentary The Hunting Ground. She was nominated for five Golden Globes and won for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” performed by Cher in the movie Burlesque.  Other hit songs include “How Do I Live” (Oscar and Grammy Nomination) performed by Tricia Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes from the movie Con Air and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Oscar and Grammy Nomination) performed by Aerosmith for ArmageddonWarren has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards winning for “Because You Loved Me” from Up Close and Personal. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and continues to work with many of the most popular musical acts including, Missy Elliott, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, and Kelly Clarkson. During her impressive career, Warren has written for numerous icons including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Faith Hill and Celine Dion.

About The Society of Composers & Lyricists

THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the non-profit and primary organization for professional film, TV and video game composers and lyricists, with a distinguished 70-year history in the fine art of creating music for motion pictures and television. The predecessor organization, the Screen Composers Association, began in 1945 with such legendary icons as Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), Eric Wolfgang Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and David Raksin (Laura) among others. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film/television/game music industry today. You can find more info at

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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