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Paul Kelly Receives Major APRA Award

Written by Barnaby Smith on May 19, 2011

Paul Kelly‘s considerable contribution to Australian music has been honoured by APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) in awarding him the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music.

The Music Network reports that Kelly will receive the award at a ceremony at Carriageworks in Sydney on Tuesday, June 21.

Kelly has been a central figure in Australian for 30 years, while he has also branched into writing in that time too, his latest book being How To Make Gravy.

Brett Cottle,  CEO of APRA|AMCOS, said, “Ted Albert was a giant of the Australian music industry and a great champion of Australian music. Each year the APRA Board honours Ted’s memory by conferring an award on someone who has contributed immensely to Australian music.

“It is difficult to think of an Australian musician or songwriter of the past 30 years who has crafted more distinctly Australian music, with as much univeral appeal, as Paul Kelly. Paul embodies every attribute and achievement that the Ted Albert Award seeks to recognize.”

Albert was arguably Australia’s greatest record producer, right up until his death in 1990. Previous recipients of the Ted Albert Award have been Angus and Malcolm Young, Slim Dusty, Don Burrows and Jimmy Little.

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