Barry O'Farrell, Jimmy Little AO
On the day of the State Memorial Service in his honour, NSW Premier, The Hon. Barry O'Farrell and Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced that Jimmy Little AO will be one of the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM, to be presented at the 2012 Helpmann Awards®.
Andrew Kay, President of LPA said "Jimmy was delighted to be advised by the LPA earlier this year that he had been chosen as one of the 2012 recipients for this prestigious industry Award. While we are saddened that Jimmy is no longer with us to accept his Award, I know everyone in the industry will welcome the opportunity to recognize Jimmy's tremendous contribution at the formal ceremony to be held in Sydney on September 24th"
LPA's Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said "Since the inception of the JC Williamson AwardsTM in 1998 Live Performance Australia has recognised 27 of the most distinguished members of Australia's live entertainment industry for their extraordinary contribution to our industry. Past winners include such iconic figures as Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE, Barry Humphries AO CBE, Michael Gudinski AM, John Farnham AO and Graeme Murphy AM to name but a few. Jimmy joins the ranks of a group of individuals who in their own way, and in their own field, have made extraordinary contributions to shaping and changing the landscape of our dynamic live entertainment industry."
Craig McMaster, CEO, Showbiz International, JC Williamson Award™ Partner, said "Showbiz is pleased to support the Helpmann Awards® as presenting partner for the 2012 JC Williamson Award™, celebrating the outstanding contribution of one of Australia's greatest musicians and performers".
The second recipient of the JC Williamson Awards for 2012 will be announced closer to the 2012 Helpmann Awards®, which will be held in the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House on Monday 24 September.
For many years James Oswald 'Jimmy' Little was the brightest Aboriginal star on the Australian music scene His career as a musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist spanned six decades.