Tina Broad was Project Lead since the first workshop.
“There’s now a decade of evidence that SongMakers is so effective because it hits on different levels. On the one hand it develops our Australian music industry by opening young people’s minds to how diverse a career in music can – and must – be. As well, it helps build so-called transferrable skills in the young people that participate, whether or not they’ll go on to have music careers: working in teams, meeting deadlines, pushing through comfort zones, and valuing others’ ideas," said Broad.
“It’s been a joy to work with APRA AMCOS to bring together teachers, school communities, education departments, and of course our songwriter and producer mentors. We’ve shown the powerful rewards that come when songwriting is front-and-centre in classrooms, from supporting young people’s mental health, to fast-tracking young aspirants’ global careers."
“I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in a program that is at the forefront of such exciting cultural change in the Australian music industry. SongMakers is inspired and inspiring and it’s an honour and a privilege to be at its helm,” said Wighton, who has first-hand SongMakers experience as a regular mentor.
A number of alums are now active writers, producers and artists in the music industry and they credit their SongMakers experiences with their career direction. A handful of alums return to the program regularly as mentors including producer Taka Perry (Narrabundah College ACT), Chloe Dadd (Ulladulla High, NSW), Chelsea Warner (Kellyville High, NSW) and Tia Gostelow (St Patrick’s Mackay, QLD).
Other mentors include KLP, Ninajirachi, Alice Ivy, Anna Laverty, Woodes, Blake Rhodes (Mr Rhodes) and Tim Commandeur.
Supporting Katie as incoming National Program Coordinator is Kaysei Krzewina, who has a strong background in running music development projects for young people, including in local government.
Up next the program will bring together in Sydney its National Teacher Advisory Group, which has helped steer the program since it began, then host a professional development day for new and returning mentors. School workshops are coming up in Adelaide, regional VIC and regional NSW.