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14 June 2012

Queen's Birthday Honours 2012

Queen's Birthday Honours 2012

The 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list has recognised a number of Australians for their services to music.

Barbara Blackman, Jennifer Bott and Piers Lane were appointed as Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).

Blackman, known throughout the sector for her support of music, received her appointment 'for distinguished service to the arts and to the community, as a supporter of artistic performance, through philanthropic contributions, and as an advocate for people who are blind and partially sighted.' Bott was appointed 'for distinguished service to the arts through executive and leadership roles in national cultural organisations, and to the development of policy reform initiatives promoting funding and best practice.' Bott was formerly CEO of the Australia Council, and has held senior management positions with a number of Australia's leading arts and cultural organisations including Musica Viva. Pianist and current Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, received his honour 'for distinguished service to the performing arts as an internationally renowned classical pianist, to professional and cultural organisations, and to the development of emerging musicians.'

A Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) was awarded to APRA CEO Brett Cottle 'for service to the performing arts', to Trevor Green 'for service to arts administration...Australia's symphonic sector, and as a supporter of young artists and composers', to conductor and music director Graeme Morton 'for service to the arts, particularly choral music and culture, as a conductor, director, composer and academic, through the performance of new Australian musical works, and to youth', and to Gerard Willems 'for service to the arts as a concert pianist, music educator and mentor to young musicians.'

Further links

The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours list (Governor General of Australia website)

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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