Pop icons Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue, Universal Music Australia Classics and Jazz General Manager Cyrus Meher-Homji, Bakehouse Studios and SLAM co-founders Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean, and veteran vocal group Human Nature were among the music industry high-fliers recognised in the Australia Day Honours list, published on the weekend.

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Bakehouse Studios and SLAM co-founders Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean. Source: Bakehouse

Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge paid tribute to Meher-Homji, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts, particularly through music, “There are few people in Australia, or the world for that matter, who have done as much as Cyrus to advance jazz and classical music and bring these essential and important art forms to even greater audiences,” comments Grainge in a statement. “On behalf of all your colleagues at Universal Music, our heartfelt congratulations.”

Meher-Homji joined Universal Music Group in 1998, as marketing manager, PolyGram Classics & Jazz, and has served in his current post since 2011. In that time, the Classics & Jazz department has “flourished,” according to UMA, and is now active in presenting live concerts, with UMA’s first festival set to take place in September 2019.

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Universal Music Australia Classics and Jazz General Manager Cyrus Meher-Homji

“I have known Cyrus for most of my career and if anyone is deserving of this incredible accolade it is Cyrus,” comments George Ash, President of Universal Music Asia-Pacific, in a statement.