CONGRATULATIONS this week to Aussie upand-comer Chet Faker and Sydney band the Jezabels, who were among the winners of this year’s Independent Music Awards held in Melbourne on Tuesday. The indie awards are growing in stature every year, possibly because a broad range of Aussie artists are choosing to pursue their careers through independent channels. Many of the trophy winners at the Melbourne do are also in contention for ARIAs next month, including the Jezabels, 360, Lanie Lane, San Cisco and DZ Deathrays, to name only a handful. The ARIA celebration is at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on November 29. ALSO worthy of mention this week is Aussie roots renegade and doer of good deeds John Butler. The Perth-based muso, who is working on a new album set for release early next year, is to be recognised by the music industry for his work behind the scenes, including the JB Seed Fund, which provides grants for artistic endeavour, helping young artists to develop their craft. Butler will be the recipient next month of the Excellence in Community Support Award, to be presented at the industry’s Music in the House lunch at NSW Parliament House. The award is provided by music business organisation Support Act. Those who have been honoured in this way already include Russell Morris, Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock, John Paul Young, Don Spencer and Richard Clapton. FUNDING website Kickstarter has a fastgrowing reputation for allowing artists to raise recording funds by fan contributions, with singer-artist Amanda Palmer one of the most successful in the past 12 months. Now Kickstarter is going to be used for quite a different project — to have a statue of AC/DC singer Bon Scott, who died in 1980, crafted by Scottish sculptor John McKenna and erected in the town of Scott’s ancestry, Kirriemuir. The project is the brainchild of a Kirriemuir community group that hopes to realise a longtime ambition to have the rock ’n’ roll bad boy looking down on them from somewhere in the town. HAPPY birthday this weekend to Tom Petty, who turns 62, and to Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, who in his 41 years has also become known as Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg and, my favourite, Snoop Lion.