It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DEC 5th 2015 WEST HOLLYWOOD
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Music Supervisor & Managing Director, Air-Edel Group
For her musical knowledge, skills and commitment to mentoring, and nurturing emerging music composers and ensuring that the business aspect of their artistic creativity is protected, Maggie Rodford is the recipient of TheWIFTS Music Award 2015.
Maggie Rodford studied music, playing piano and cello and singing in choirs including the BBC Chorus. She trained as a music engineer at the BBC and has worked on music recording and programmes for both the BBC and EMI prior to joining the Air-Edel Group where she is its managing director.
The Air-Edel Group incorporates one of the world's leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers worldwide.
Over the period of her career and today, Maggie works with many young composers helping to develop their careers and ensuring that their business side is well-represented. Many of the composers are now working at the top of their profession! And her stewardship continues to see new artists emerge.
Rodford works closely with the composers, negotiating contracts, producing music, supervising and co-ordinating recording sessions. She has worked as music producer, co-ordinator and supervisor on many high profile films scores including: Everest, Cinderella, The Boxtrolls, Belle, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Third Person, Anna Karenina, Brave, Cabin in the Woods, Thor, Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, W.E., The King's Speech, The First Grader, Atonement, Gosford Park, Bridget Jones's Diary, Beyond the Sea, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Miss Potter, Igor, The Soloist, Agora, Gladiator, Shakespeare In Love, Sense and Sensibility, and The Lion King.
During her career to date Maggie served as a PRS (Performing Rights Society) director for fourteen years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Rodford was also a member of the BAFTA Film committee for six years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibitions Committee.
In 2012, Maggie Rodford was the first woman to be honoured with an APRS Sound Fellowship (The Association of Professional Recording Services) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the recording industry. The award was presented to her by Sir George Martin. Other recipients of the award include Sir Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler.
In 2013, Maggie was honoured with an invitation to a Reception hosted by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle celebrating the British Film Industry. She was joined by Air-Edel composers Dario Marianelli and Patrick Doyle, who she has represented for many years.
In addition to her demanding job as Managing Director at the Air-Edel Group, Maggie has mentored student composers and spoken at many master classes and workshops around the world.