Music industry executives made a strong showing yesterday (Jan. 26) in the annual Australia Day Honours list.

Music industry executives made a strong showing on the annual Australia Day Honours list.

Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Entertainment Australia, was yesterday (Jan. 26) recognized as a Member of the Order of Australia. He receives the medal from the national government for his services to the music industry and his fund-raising efforts for charities.

An 35-year industry veteran, Handlin signed Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Tina Arena and Delta Goodrem. He has served six consecutive terms as chairman of the board of the Australian Record Industry Assn.

The Sony Foundation, which he co-founded in 1999, has raised A$6 million ($4.5 million), mostly for childrens' charities dealing with cancer, the homeless and suicide prevention.

Another recipient was Bill Hauritz, who was honored for his role in founding the annual Woodford Folk Festival in 1994. The most recent Woodford drew about 130,000 visitors in December.

Alan James, manager of the Northern Territory-based band Yothu Yindi, received a Medal of the Order of Australia. He was recognized for promoting indigenous music and culture. Yothu Yindi had a global hit in 1992 with the single "Treaty."

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