Hugh Jackman, Ian James, Fifa Riccobono, Frank Stivala and Peter Rix are among the Australian music identities tapped for awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Mushroom Group veterans Frank Stivala and Ian James receive Order of Australia medals.
Stivala, managing director of Premier Artists, is awarded for “service to the music industry,” while James, managing director of Mushroom Music from 1986 to 2018 and now senior consultant for the indie music publishing power, is recognised for his “service to music publishing and rights.”
James, the chairman of the board of AMCOS, thanked his friends, family and colleagues for their support.
“Today the Governor General announced the Queens Birthday list for the Order of Australia Medal and I have been selected for services to music publishing and rights,” James wrote in a message Monday to Mushroom Group staff.
“I know that my daughter Katie James and my mentor Michael Gudinski had a lot to do with that which is terrific and I am very thankful to them,” he continued. “If it wasn’t for the many years that the Mushroom people and I have worked so very well together, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what Mushroom Music has done over the years. So they all share this honour with me. It was particularly satisfying to win the APRA Song of The Year with Amy Shark as an exclamation point to my career as managing director.”