Australian music industry legends Denis Handlin, Michael Coppel and Paul Dainty were recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published Monday (June 12).
Handlin, who serves as chairman and CEO for Sony Music Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia and is the long-time chairman of trade body ARIA, is appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his “distinguished service to the Australian recording industry” and for his philanthropic endeavors as a founding member of the Sony Foundation of Australia, which has raised almost A$27 million ($35 million) for youth-based charities since its inception in 1998.
“I am very humbled by this recognition,” Handlin tells Billboard. “For me, it’s also a recognition of the great people I have worked with over the years who share the same passion for helping our amazing artists create their magic. It is also a recognition of all the Sony family, our business partners and our artists who have come together to help change and save lives of thousands of young Australians through the Sony Foundation. Most of all it highlights the unsung heroes in this country, the doctors, nurses and careers and the inspirational youth battling life challenges with outstanding courage and will to live.”