Brett Cottle has another prized piece of silverware for his trophy cabinet.

At a recent ceremony in Sydney hosted by the AMPAL board of directors, the former APRA AMCOS CEO was presented with the AMPAL Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Publishing.

The honour recognises the “immense contribution” made by Cottle to the Australian and New Zealand music publishing sector, and his work on behalf of songwriters and composers over many years.

Cottle began his career with the rights society as its first in-house counsel in the late 1970s and served as CEO of APRA from 1990 until June, when he handed over the reins to Dean Ormston. During Cottle’s time at the top, royalty collections and distributions increased seven-fold and APRA AMCOS is now recognized as one of the leading copyright collecting societies, reflected in the fact that Cottle is the only Australian to have been elected chair of the International Confederation of Authors’ Societies (CISAC), a role in which he served for two consecutive terms.

In 2012, the Sydney-based exec was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for “services to the performing arts.” Also, he is a past director of both the Australian Copyright Council and the Copyright Law Review Committee and has served as chairman of the board of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Limited.