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Publisher Relations and Repertoire Q & A

Story Published Monday 28 September 2020

19 February 2021

Kai Takase-Simpson, Service Development Lead

We would like to extend a warm welcome and introduce Kai Takase-Simpson, who comes on board as Service Development Lead, as part of the Common Royalty Distribution (CRD) project.

Kai comes into the role with an outstanding knowledge of business from his previous experience working in our International team.

Tell us a little about your role and how it supports Publisher members.

My role as a Service Development Lead involves supporting projects focussed on delivering enhanced datasets to provide Publishers and writer members with an increased level of granular data and a more efficient method of producing publisher statements and reconciliation reports.

This aims to provide insights into where, how, and why the registered works of APRA AMCOS members are being utilised both domestically and internationally.

What was your previous experience at APRA AMCOS and how does it help you in your new role?

My previous roles at APRA AMCOS include analyst roles both in the Revenue and Operations departments. These roles have helped develop well-rounded knowledge of the life cycle of a royalty payment – from the reported use of a song at a licensed venue to the distribution of the collected royalty payment to the writers and publishers associated to the work. The insight into the support these payments provide to our members so that they can continue their craft gives great incentive to focus on driving forward more efficient and effective services.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’ve listened to Northlane’s 2019 album Alien almost every day since it was released, punctuated with Tired Lion's new album Breakfast for Pathetics, anything from Luca Brasi, and a nostalgic return to Violent Soho's self-titled album.

First concert you ever attended

I can’t quite remember if seeing Jet at Big Top or Karnivool at UNSW Roundhouse came first, but both were incredible experiences and I can’t wait to see the full return of live music in Australia.

What is your top tip, tool, or insight that any APRA AMCOS member should know about?

I’m sure it has been requested many times before but please ensure works are registered with as much detail as possible, and have your writers submit their Performance Reports! The more information that is provided, the easier it is for us to distribute our members' hard-earned royalties with accuracy and timeliness.

28 September 2020

Shahn Colliver, Publisher Representative

We would like to extend a warm welcome and introduce Shahn Colliver as our newest Publisher Representative to join the team.

Shahn is our first Melbourne-based Publisher Rep and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and previous experience working with Warner Chappell. Let's get to know her a bit better.

What interests you about APRA AMCOS?

I’m a big music fan and a huge fan of the work that APRA AMCOS does to support local music creators through advocacy and education.

What was the best concert you ever attended?

Paul McCartney, David Byrne, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino all sit in my top 5 but, to this day, I have never had as good of a time as I did when I saw Bluejuice and Philadelphia Grand Jury at the Flying Horse in Warrnambool back in 2011.

What music are you currently listening to?

The very last thing I listed to was the Forrest Gump soundtrack! I have also had the chorus from Private Function's 'Albury Wodonga' stuck in my head for about two weeks now.

What are you looking forward to in your role as Publisher Rep?

I'm very excited to be working with and supporting our Publisher members, and to be learning from the expertise of the Publisher Reps team and other APRA AMCOS departments.

What’s something you want to do this year that you’ve never done before?

I’d really like to have a crack at surfing! I have tried a few times when I was younger, but I’d really like to give it another go (and hopefully make some improvements!)

9 April 2020

Staff update: Matt Barber seconded to Writer Services

We recently celebrated Matt Barber's 15 years at APRA AMCOS, and now we're pleased to announce that Matt has been seconded from his Manager, Publisher Relations role to Senior Manager, Writer Services Operations. Matt will transition into the role held by Hannah Karkkainen, who will go on maternity leave in early May. The 12-month role commenced on 6 April.

It’s a great opportunity for Matt to learn and cross-skill with Writer Services, which will benefit both areas of the business. Many of you know how amazing he is and don’t worry, he’s not going far and is still just a phone or screen call away. Congrats, Matt!

11 February 2020

Georgia Kennedy, Writer Works Registration Officer

What were you doing before prior to your role in the Publisher Relations & Repertoire Team?

I was a Licensing Representative for OneMusic Australia which involved educating business owners about the benefits of using music in their businesses as well as raising awareness around their legal obligations of using music commercially.

Describe a typical day and duties as a Writer Works Registration Officer:

Our role has two main functions – processing all of the work registrations that come through the writer portal, as well as answering queries from our Writer/Publisher members surrounding their works. It could be as easy as amending the title of a work, to more complicated elements like guiding a writer on how to register Remixes, or how to handle disputed claims on their works. There’s a lot of liaising with our Writer Services team, Publisher Reps, Resolutions team and Research team.

What are you looking forward to with your new role?

Being in direct contact with our Writer/Publisher members is the most exciting thing. Assisting them with their work registrations to ensure they’re paid correctly is very motivating and a wonderful reason to go to work every day.

What are you currently listening to? (try to include an Australian/NZ artist)

Benee, North East Party House, Tame Impala and Jack Garrett have all been on high rotation!

Last gig you’ve been to or next one in the diary?

I saw Fat Boy Slim in Melbourne the other weekend, which was pretty amazing.

What is your top tip, tool, or insight that you can share with publisher members?

If you get stumped about registering your work, or have a query about something to do with a work you’ve already registered, just send us an email with as much information as possible and we’ll help you through it. We’re here to help!

11 December 2020

Dave Matthews, Business Insights & Royalty Analyst

Many publisher members already know Dave Matthews, who was part of the Registration Works team before moving into a parental leave cover role as Publisher Representative.

Now he steps into the newly created role of Business Insights & Royalty Analyst.

Dave will specialise in providing publisher members with royalty tracking analysis and data insights for their APRA AMCOS royalties.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to start in the new position of Business Insights and Royalty Analyst in the Publisher Reps team. I'm excited for the challenge of improving the availability and accessibility of our data so that we can more readily deliver insights to Publisher members and assist with their business.

"My first priority is to minimise turnaround times for royalty-tracking queries. I am working with other teams within APRA (such as Distribution and Operations) to learn from their expertise and improve processes involved in query resolution."