Birthday Honours list reaches across the arts

This year’s honours list sees a broad-based representation from across the arts, from performing artists, composers, music conductors and directors, music education and steel band champions to community-led activities, arts administration, executive and financial advisory roles and of course, our dedicated philanthropists.

Birthday Honours list reaches across the arts

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We are delighted to offer our congratulations to everyone who made the list, and to single out and celebrate a few of our own. Samantha Meers made the list as Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her philanthropic support for the arts programs, cultural institutions and to a range of charitable organisations. Among her many roles, Samantha has served as Chair of Belvoir St Theatre since 2016, and as Deputy Chair of Creative Partnerships Australia.

Carolyn Chard’s 20 years spent nurturing and invigorating the arts landscape in WA have been recognised and she is now Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Carolyn made the list for her significant service to the performing arts in executive roles, particularly in Western Australia, and for her support for young artists. Carolyn’s service includes her roles as Executive Director and previously GM to West Australian Opera, GM and Director of Development for Opera Australia, and as Multicultural Audience Development with Black Swan Theatre.

Susan Provan was awarded (AC) Companion in the General Division for her distinguished service to arts administration through festival leadership and governance, to the tourism sector in Victoria, and to the promotion of Australian comedy. Susan is a Circus Oz company member, former General Manager and currently Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director/CEO.

Martin Butler was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts, particularly through music. Martin’s service includes his work with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and for a range of roles teaching young musicians.

Find the complete list here.

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