Australia’s Music Publishers Honor Bob Aird With Outstanding Contribution Award

Music publishing veteran Bob Aird has one other prize for his trophy cupboard.

At a latest gathering in Sydney hosted by the Australian Music Publishers Assn. board of administrators, Aird was offered with the AMPAL Award for Excellent Contribution to Music Publishing. 

The accolade acknowledges Aird’s dedication to the publishing sector Down Beneath, his work on behalf of songwriters and composers over a few years and for his service to the AMPAL board, which he joined in 1986.

The previous Common Music Publishing Australia managing director introduced his retirement from the business in April 2016, after a adorned profession spanning some 40 years. 

Aird is simply the third recipient of the AMPAL award, following the presentation in 2016 to legendary music firm Alberts, now a part of BMG, and in 2018 to Brett Cottle, former CEO of APRA AMCOS.

Fellow music publishers paid tribute to Aird. “It has been an honor to have worked with Bob both as a colleague and board member over many years,” mentioned AMPAL deputy chair and managing director of Excellent Pitch Publishing Clive Hodson. “Bob has been on the forefront of the big adjustments that we’ve seen in music publishing, and notably in copyright safety for publishers and songwriters. His management on this space is plain”. 

AMPAL GM Matthew O’Sullivan mentioned the affiliation was “grateful for Bob’s vast contribution” and for his “dedication to Australian and New Zealand music publishers, and their songwriter and composer companions. Bob’s retirement can be an ideal loss to AMPAL and the business extra broadly”. 

Aird held administration positions at PolyGram Data previous to helming Rondor Music Publishing Australia. When UMPG acquired Rondor Music from Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 2000, he turned head of UMP Australia and he stayed in cost following UMPG’s 2007 acquisition of BMG. 

The Sydney-based exec is credited with signing and serving to nurture the careers of a few of Australia’s main songwriters and artists, from Don Walker (Chilly Chisel) to Joe Camilleri (Black Sorrows), Paul Kelly, Potbelleez, Wolfmother, Jet, Lee Kernaghan, and lots of others. 

Aird will step down from the AMPAL board on the subsequent annual normal assembly, because of happen in November.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the AMPAL board which has been so profitable in selling and defending the rights of Australian and New Zealand music publishers, and the songwriters and composers they characterize,” feedback Aird. “We really have made a difference. Long may it continue.”

AMPA was shaped in 1956 and as we speak boasts greater than 55 music writer members, collectively representing in extra of 90% of the financial worth of the music publishing sector.

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