Performing Arts shine in Australia Day Awards

The performing arts were in the spotlight at this year’s Australia Day awards with some 34 men and women applauded for their contribution to the arts.

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Performing Arts shine in Australia Day Awards

Some of the founding lights of our industry were recognised, including Mr Carillo Bailleau Gantner, Malthouse Theatre founder and Chair of Sidney Myer Fund, who was appointed as Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest award, for his eminent service to the community through professional involvement in and philanthropic support for the performing and visual arts, and to Australia–Asia cultural exchange. Tony Coldwell, one of the founders of Circus Oz, was appointed a Member of the Order (AM) for significant service to the circus arts as a performer, designer, director and administrator.

Particular congratulations to a number of AMPAG members, including our own AMPAG Deputy Chair, Mary Jo Capps, who was appointed as Officer of the Order (AM) for significant service to performing arts administration, particularly to music, and to business. Michael Ullmer, Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was appointed AO for distinguished service to the performing and visual arts through a range of roles, and to the finance and banking industry. Elena Kats Chernin, who received an AO for distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly to music, as an orchestral, operatic and chamber music composer, has worked with many AMPAG members, creating works across all genres and fulfilling commissions for and performing with the ACO, the Adelaide, Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Orchestras, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Musica Viva among others.

Stars of stage and screen recognised in the honours list this year include Olivia Newton John, who received the highest award (AC) for eminent service to community health, particularly for people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer. Kylie Ann Minogue was appointed AO for distinguished service to the performing arts as a national and international recording artist and entertainer.

A full list of Award recipients can be found here https://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2019-honours-list

Award recipients from the performing arts sector include:

Dr Cindy Bennett AM

Mr John Bernard Derum AM 

Ms Susan Jessica Giles AM  

Professor Sarah Brooke Miller AM

Mrs Catriona Jane Mordant AM

Mr Peter John Quigley OAM

Mr Donald James Secomb OAM

Mr Jon Edward Nicholls OAM

Mr Cyrus Meher Homji OAM 

Mr Barry Kratzke OAM

Mr Francis Adrian Jackson OAM     

Ms Lynette Frances Williams AM      

Mr Toby Charles Allen OAM     

Mr Norman Lewis Bailey OAM

Mr Zeljko Bedic OAM 

Ms Susan Kathleen Bergman OAM  

Mr Barry John Bull OAM

Mr Phillip Andrew Burton OAM

Mr Owen Charles Chambers OAM

Mr Paul Terence Duhig OAM

The Late Ms Cornelia Frances OAM 

Dr Donald William Hossack OAM     

Mr Francis Adrian Jackson OAM

Mr Barry Kratzke OAM

Mr Cyrus Meher Homji OAM 

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