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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Warren Fahey recipient of 2010 Don Banks Award

Media release
1 April 2010
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Arts Minister Peter Garrett has awarded the 2010 Don Banks Award to Mr Warren Fahey AO at the National Folk Festival launch in Canberra.

The $60,000 award was established in honour of the first chair of the Australia Council's Music Board. Each year, the award honours an artist of high distinction who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian music over many years.

This year the award recognises and hon ours Warren's commitment and contribution to Australian music, not only through his own personal creative endeavours, but through his facilitation, entrepreneurship, public communication, education and promotion of Australia's musical tradition.

"Warren Fahey has been one of the greatest contributors to Australia's musical culture," said Mr Garrett.

"Besides his immense achievement in the preservation and promotion of uniquely Australian music, he has worked tirelessly to educate audiences.

"Warren's successful career, spanning 40 years, as an entrepreneur, performer, music publisher, author and composer has made an indelible impact on our industry, and I am delighted to see it recognised here today."

Mr Garrett was launching the National Folk Festival, which has been held in Canberra over Easter since 1993.

"While folk music and dance are at the hub of the festival, and remain so, the festival's extended family of musicians, instrument makers, dancers, buskers and craftspeople includes music and artforms that are extremely diverse," said Mr Garrett.

Mr Garrett paid tribute to the festival's large base of volunteers, many of whom are young people.

"The young are coming along enthusiastically for the ride, and the youth audience is growing from year to year.

"With its themes of education and inclusion, its musical range and excellence, and a commitment to environmentally sound values, the National Folk Festival is a great model for community events."

The National Folk Festival is on in Canberra from 1 to 5 April 2010.

Information about the Australia Council's Don Banks Award is at www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/grants/don_banks_music_award_-_music 

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