Composer Nigel Westlake and J. Albert & Son CEO Tim Prescott have been elected to the respective boards of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and sister society the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCOS).

Westlake, who has composed works for such films as "Miss Potter" and "Babe" and is a 14-times APRA Award winner, was elected APRA board writer director during the society's annual general meeting Nov. 28 in Sydney.

In other developments, EMI Music Publishing Group managing director John Anderson and writer director Eric McCusker decided to stand for re-election and were returned, while classical composer Dr Richard Meale retired from the board after 22 years.

Prescott was elected corporate representative on the AMCOS board, succeeding colleague Fifa Riccobono, who leaves after 13-years on the AMCOS board. Bob Aird, managing director of Universal Music Publishing Australia, Matthew Capper GM of Warner/Chappell Music Australia and Damian Trotter, managing director at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia, retired from the AMCOS board but stood for
re-election and were returned.

APRA and AMCOS board directors serve three successive annual year terms in office.

APRA/AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle used the platform of the gathering to report the societies' financial results for the year ending June 30, 2008. As previously reported, annual revenue surpassed the $200 million Australian ($123 million) figure for the first time, of which APRA accounted for more than $178 million Australian ($109 million).

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