Mike Curb Award


Since 2010, the Annual Mike Curb Award has been given to those who have made significant contributions to the world of film through their music.

Mike Curb, California’s former lieutenant governor and acting governor, is one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment world and presides over his own independent record label. Curb Records is considered to be the oldest record company in the nation still being operated by its founder. As an individual, Mike Curb has written more than 300 songs. In 1972, he earned the prestigious Overall Producer of the Year Award from Billboard magazine. Curb Records has achieved more than 300 No. 1 records. In 2007, Curb was honored as Nashvillian of the Year and he received his star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. Curb has also received his star on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2015 Curb was honored with the 40th annual Historic Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Historical Commission for his numerous acts of preservation, including 10 buildings on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Mike Curb is an important Tennessee philanthropist.

2015: Keegan DeWitt

In the past 3 years, Keegan DeWitt scored six films that premiered at Sundance. In 2015, he scored two NaFF selections: Brett Haley’s “I’ll See You In My Dreams” and Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected.” DeWitt has garnered an Academy Award, Sundance Audience Award, Three New York Times Critic’s Picks and more. Previous works include “This is Martin Bonner” (NaFF 2013), “Listen Up Philip”, “Life According to Sam” and more.

Keegan DeWitt

2014: Allah-Rakha Rahman

Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine, Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. Rahman’s body of work for film and stage has given him the nickname of “the Mozart of Madras”.

A. R. Rahman

2013: Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell won the Mike Curb Award in 2013. Mansell is an English musician, composer, and former lead singer of the band, Pop Will Eat Itself. Mansell scored Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Moon, Requiem for a Dream, among others.

Clint Mansell

2012: Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla

Born in 1951, Santaolalla is an Argentine musician, film composer and producer. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score in two consecutive years, for Brokeback Mountain in 2005, and Babel in 2006. Most recently, he composed the music for the video game The Last of Us.

Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla

2011: Paul Williams

Paul Williams was awarded the prestigious Mike Curb Award when “Paul Williams: Still Alive” from director Stephen Kessler, was screened at NaFF. Williams is an American composer, perhaps, best known for the love theme from “A Star Is Born”, starring Barbra Streisand, for which he won a Grammy and Academy Award for Best Original Song; and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie. He also composed the enormously popular theme for “The Love Boat.” In 2009, Williams was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

2010: Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell, pictured with Artist Mandy Lawson, won the Mike Curb Career Achievement Award in 2010. He composed the scores for Fargo, Where the Wild Things Are, Twilight Saga, and No Country for Old Men.