El Paso native Germaine Franco is the first woman to score a Disney animated feature film with 2021’s Encanto, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, an SCL Award for Outstanding Original Score, an Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature, and a Variety Artisan Award. Germaine co-wrote and produced five of Coco’s six original songs with co-director, Adrian Molina, including Un Poco Loco and Proud Corazón, and provided additional music. Franco serves on the Advisory Board for Women in Media and The Neighborhood Music. In 2018, Univision celebrated her work as one of “15 Latinas Who Are Changing the World as We Know It,” alongside fellow PCFF guest Rita Moreno and Emma Gonzalez.
Recently, the Irvin High School and Rice University graduate scored Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness for Universal Studios Beijing, which garnered an SCL Award nomination for Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media. In 2020, she scored two No.1 Netflix films, Work It, directed by Laura Terruso, and The Sleepover, directed by Trish Sie. She co-wrote and produced the main title theme song for the hit Nickelodeon show The Casagrandes. In 2019, Franco scored Little and Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Additional scores include Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, and Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa.
Her work is heard in concert halls around the world including the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Puerto Rico Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Philharmonic, among others.
Germaine Franco will appear with ‘Encanto’ at 7 pm Saturday, July 30 in the Plaza Theatre.