After nearly three decades leading the organisation, Brett Cottle has announced he will step down as CEO of APRA AMCOS in June 2018.
Revealed in a statement last week, APRA Chair Jenny Morris said, “After 27 years leading the organisation we quite understand why Brett has reached the point where he is keen to pursue other priorities in life. He will nevertheless be missed enormously by the Boards, Management, staff and membership of APRA AMCOS.”
“In a career that began as the organisation’s first in-house counsel in the late 1970s, Brett has championed the cause of songwriters’ and composers’ rights for more than 40 years and instilled and sustained a culture of dedicated service within APRA and AMCOS, of which we on the Board are immensely proud.”
Cottle has served as the CEO of APRA since 1990 and oversaw the merger of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners’ Society) in 1997. Since then, royalty and distribution collections have increased seven-fold and APRA AMCOS has established a reputation for being one of the leading copyright collection societies.
“The operational merger of APRA and AMCOS is today taken for granted, but when it was effected in 1997, Brett’s vision and leadership were critical to its success. The positive and productive spirit in which the two Boards have co-operated seamlessly ever since is testament to the culture created and fostered by Brett,” stated AMCOS Chair and Mushroom Music Managing Director Ian James.
Cottle is the only Australian to have been elected chair of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and in 2012 he was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for his “service to the performing arts.”
“Music Australia and the broader sector is indebted to Brett’s leadership” said Music Australia CEO Chris Bowen, “under his watch APRA AMCOS has evolved into one of the most proactive and inclusive rights societies anywhere in the world” he said. APRA has taken the lead with strategic artform services ranging from music export office Sounds Australia, to the Live Music Office, providing key support to the Australian Music Centre, important commissions for composers, and numerous research studies, to name a few.
Cottle will continue on as CEO for the next 12 months while the boards of APRA and AMCOS work with international recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson to recruit a new leader.
In the meantime, the Australian music publishing community have begun reacting to the news with an outpouring of praise being bestowed upon the industry veteran.