Lindy Morrison, drummer with critically-revered group the Go-Betweens and a tireless advocate for artists and people working in the music industry, is this year's recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music.
Morrison will be on hand to receive the accolade June 23 at a ceremony to mark the APRA Music Awards. For the first time in its 32-year history, the APRAs will be held in Brisbane, the city where the Go-Betweens formed. The venue for this year’s gala, Brisbane City Hall, is roughly 2km from the Go Between Bridge, which was named in the band’s honor.
The Ted Albert Award is one of the Australian music industry’s highest honors, and is decided by the APRA board of writer and publisher directors. Morrison is recognized for her “outstanding achievements as a performer, and her advocacy work for musicians.” Those traits were also noted when she received an Order of Australia Medal in 2013.
Morrison’s commitments to the music industry are many and varied. She’s the National Welfare Coordinator of music industry charity Support Act Limited, and she has sat on the board of Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) for 20 years, representing artists.
Her work includes advocating for copyright law reform, and she teaches copyright at Sydney Institute Music. She's also author of the short workbook and video “Australian Women in Rock and Pop Music,” and she’s musical director of community band The Junction House Band.
Morrison got her start in the business as drummer with the celebrated folk-pop band the Go-Betweens. Although praised by music critics at home and abroad for their melodic and bittersweet song-craft on such works as "Streets of Your Town," "Cattle and Cane" and "Spring Rain," the band surprisingly never achieved the matching chart success.
"Cattle and Cane" was selected by APRA in 2001 as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.
"She’s a great drummer,” comments Go-Betweens co-founder Robert Forster in a statement to announce the award. “And when a good deed is done in the music industry, Lindy Morrison's name is usually attached.”
On the night, Morrison will become a member of an elite club which includes AC/DC’s Angus & Malcolm Young, promoter Michael Chugg, late country music legend Slim Dusty, veteran singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Pink’s manager Roger Davies, Sony Music Australia’s longtime chairman/CEO Denis Handlin and last year’s honorees, the Seekers.
“I am grateful to receive this award from APRA/AMCOS, as I have long been an admirer of Albert’s - a music company supporting the finest Australian songwriters and musicians,” comments Morrison. “To be acknowledged for my contribution is a great honor, because I love my work with the music industry’s own charity Support Act, playing music, teaching and working towards copyright law reform.”