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APRA AMCOS 321 Sessions

Story Published Thursday 9 March 2023
The 321 Sessions are happening again in 2023

Join us for our upcoming 321 Sessions

We're delighted to be able to provide a fun, informal way for songwriters to try their hand at co-writing at our 321 Sessions.

That's right: three songwriters, two hours, one song.

If you want to develop your co-writing skills and are keen to meet some new songwriters, please consider applying.
Cost: Free

Please note - curators will not be participating in the 321 Sessions themselves. They will be on site for guidance and advice during your sessions.

Dates and details below:


321 Sessions with curator Abbe May

Date: Friday 9 June
Venue: The Hen House Studios, Unit 10 Rowallan St, Osborne Park
Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Applications close 5pm AWST Friday 19 May
Successful writers will be contacted by 5pm AWST Friday 2 June

About Abbe May: About Abbe May: Soul-gospel-electro-blues artist Abbe May is one of Australia's most respected songwriters and performers. She is an ARIA, WAM, AIR, AMP winning and nominated artist, the hand-picked guitarist for Peter Garrett’s Alter Egos and a champion of the LGBTQIA+ community. She
has supported The Black Keys, Midnight Oil, Art vs. Science, Magic Dirt, Emiliana Torrini and more.



321 Sessions with curator Kojo Ansah (Citizen Kay)

Date: Saturday 22 April
Venue: Valley Sound Studios, 8 Wignall Pl, Belconnen ACT
Time: Session 1: 11am - 1pm OR 2 - 4pm

Applications close 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 4 April
Successful writers will be contacted by 5pm AEST Friday 14 April

About Kojo Ansah
: Born in Ghana, raised in Canberra, Kojo is an ARIA-nominated artist (Citizen Kay), and audio engineer. He has toured the country extensively with acts such as Ice Cube, Run the Jewels, Illy, Public Enemy and many, many more.

Kay pivoted from performing to focus on his love of studio work; songwriting and collaboration, producing, engineering, mixing and artist development - working with artists spanning across multiple genres and backgrounds.

Applications for Canberra have closed


321 Sessions with curator Kuya James

Date: Saturday 22 April
Venue: Billawook Gurinyi Community Centre, 5 Pavonia Place, Nightcliff NT 0810
Time: Session 1: 11am - 1pm OR 2-4pm

Applications close 11:59pm ACST Wednesday 5 April
Succesful writers will be contacted by 5pm Friday 14 April

About Kuya James
: Multi-faceted and iconically recognised artist and music producer Kuya James (aka James Mangohig), Darwin born, “Kuya” in the Filipino tongue means “older brother”.

Starting out as a bass player in church, he has gone on to be nominated for an ARIA Award as 'Producer Of The Year' for his work on “Preach” by Daniel Johns. His debut album “ISA” was released in September 2020, and led to a second ARIA nomination for Best World Music Album. A 2018 recipient of a Sidney Myer Fellowship, Kuya James is a much sought-after music producer and bass player. DJ Kuya James currently operates out of the Billawook Gurinyi Community Centre and Boat Ramp Studios.


Applications for Darwin have closed


321 Sessions with curator David Ansari (Vallis Alps)

Date: Friday 24 March
Venue: Offbeat Collective - 12 Fitzroy St Marrickville
Time: Session 1: 11am-1pm OR Session 2: 2pm-4pm
Curated by David Ansari (Vallis Alps)

Applications for Sydney have closed


321 Sessions with curator Ben Stewart (Slowly Slowly)

Date: Wednesday 12 April
Venue: PBS 106.7FM, B1 Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston St Collingwood
Time: Session 1: 11am-1pm OR Session 2: 2pm-4pm

About Ben Stewart: Ben is the singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of Melbourne rock band Slowly Slowly. Acclaimed for their heartfelt narratives, writing prowess and sonic hooks for days, Slowly Slowly cement their indie rock icon status with latest album 'Daisy Chain', released via UNFD.

Applications for Melbourne have closed


321 Sessions with curator Hope D

Date: Wednesday 12 April
Venue: 4000 Studios, 95 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Time: Session 1: 10am - 12pm OR Session 2: 1 - 3pm

About Hope D: Hope got her start posting YouTube videos of her live-looping in her bedroom. Her confessional coming-of-age anthems have landed her recognition in the Queensland Music Awards and the 2021 triple j Hottest 100 alike. Hope will be curating the groups and providing advice and encouragement on the day, not participating in the sessions.

Applications for Brisbane have closed


321 Sessions with curator Keeskea

Date: Friday 14 April
Venue: Fat Trax Studio, 3b Butler Drive, Lumiere Lane, Hendon
Time: 10am - 12pm or 1-3pm

About Keeskea: Keeskea (pronounced case-kay-ah) is the project of Vanessa Marousopoulos. Vanessa is an Adelaide-based non-binary artist and producer who has shared stages with the likes of Julia Holter (USA), Stella Donnelly, Jess Locke and many more. Keeskea's music has been described as “lofty and delicate, yet fiercely present and potent” (Laundry Echo).

Applications for Adelaide have closed