BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) announced today that film composer and celebrated jazz musician Terence Blanchard will be named a BMI Icon at the 35th annual BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards in recognition of his significant contributions to the cinematic community. The composer whose film scoring credits include Malcolm X, Inside Man, 25th Hour and Red Tails has received his first Academy Award nomination earlier this year for his music for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Past BMI Icon honorees include Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Alexandre Desplat, Rachel Portman, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams and John Williams, among many others. Also honored at the ceremony will be composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor William Ross (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, My Dog Skip, Ladder 49) who will receive the BMI Classic Contribution Award in recognition of his impeccable skills as an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and composer. The 35th annual BMI, TV & Visual Media Awards, hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Creative – Film, TV & Visual Media Doreen Ringer-Ross, will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Throughout the evening, composers of the previous year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable and streamed media programs will also be recognized.