Queen’s Honours For Cottle, Young, Harris

Industry leader Brett Cottle, veteran singer John Paul Young and legendary entertainer Rolf Harris were among the Australians feted Monday in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Cottle, who is the well-respected chairman and CEO of the Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) and its sister mechanical rights body AMCOS, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The award was recognition for “service to the performing arts, particularly to songwriters, composers and publishers, through executive roles with copyright protection organisations, and to the community.”

APRA and AMCOS are separate not-for-profit organizations, which together represent tens of thousands of music-makers, and distribute to them tens of millions of dollars in royalties collected each year.

APRA alone represents more than 68,000, composer, songwriter and music publishers in Australia and New Zealand. Cottle has been at the helm of APRA since 1990. In its most recent financial report, APRA generated overall revenue for the year to June 30, 2011 of Australian $183 million ($182 million), up Australian $10.6 million ($10.5 million) on the previous year. Results in recent years have been on a similar growth trajectory.

The Order of Australia, Australia’s highest non-military honor, was established “for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service”.

Previous recipients of the Member of the Order of Australia include former Midnight Oil frontman turned frontline politician Peter Garrett, artist and broadcaster Rolf Harris, plus executives Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony Music Australia and New Zealand, and Mushroom Group of Companies chairman Michael Gudinski. 

Meanwhile, Young, best known for the international hit “Love Is In The Air,” received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Also today, Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition for his distinguished service to the performing and visual arts, to charitable organisations and to international relations through the promotion of Australian culture.

Harris, who is a household name in his adopted homeland of Britain, gained fame as a broadcaster, painter and singing star. He enjoyed a string of U.K. chart hits including the No. 1 single “Two Little Boys” (Columbia) from 1969. He is already an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and in 2006 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Cottle, Young and Harris were among the 762 Australians included in this year’s list.