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Publisher Relations and Repertoire Q & A

Story Published Monday 28 September 2020

15 July 2021

Matt Barber, Senior Manager, Publisher Relations

Describe your role at APRA AMCOS:

I was recently working in our Writer Services team and have changed roles to the Senior Manager in Publisher Relations. I manage the team responsible for frontline service delivery to our publisher members. In my role I actively contribute to digital services enhancements to benefit publisher members - such as our new Publisher Portal.

Thank you for sharing your curated playlist (Spotify) of current picks. What is your favourite song on your playlist and why?

I am loving the EP by Melbourne-based post punk band Body Maintenance. Only just discovered them recently but have had it on repeat ever since.

What’s the last gig you went to?

Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, Tropical Fuck Storm) & Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White) at The Factory Theatre. Looking back I feel fortunate to see a Sydney gig given we're back in lockdown!

What’s the first gig you went to?

Crowded House outside the Sydney Opera House in 1996 with 100,000+ others... I'm sure many APRA AMCOS staff were there.

My favourite music memory is…

Difficult to pinpoint but 3 nights in a row seeing Radiohead play new tunes in Lisbon, Portugal in 2004 would be up there!

What's the last vinyl record you bought?

The Green Child's 'Shimmering Basset' which features Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control) is retro-futuristic excellent!

Also loving Mogwai's 'As the Love Continues'. I've loved this band for over 20 years now but this album may well end up one of my favourites. Great to hear how all their soundtrack work has influenced the making of the album

15 July 2021

Mike Hall, Manager Member Operations (NZ)

What were you doing before taking on the Manager, Member Operations role?

I was an account manager in Data Acquisition here in the Aotearoa office, also doing work for Oliver Khouri in Media Licensing. I was also moonlighting as a bass player.

What are you looking forward to with your new role, and what will you bring from your data acquisition experience?

I’m going to miss being part of the Data Operations team! However, I’m looking forward to being more connected to our Aotearoa writer membership and wider music community.

I’m a team player and surrounded by very experienced people who I’m excited to learn from. It’s also inspiring to be engaging directly with our broader membership.

Generally, I’m hoping to bring some of the administrative and data processes across to the Member Operations team. I also enjoy being involved in analysis of processes and practices in relation to distribution.

What are you currently listening to?

Lips – I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything

Have you been to any gigs lately?

Tuawahine in Auckland, featuring (among others) Anika Moa, Tami Neilson, Paige, Annie Crummer, and Georgia Lines

Rock Lottery – bands formed on the day of the gig, in the Auckland APRA AMCOS office, by drawing names from a hat. Each band performs three new works written on the day (and a cover), at a venue on the same night. A huge range of writers, this was an epic night!

27 May 2021

Lou Harbidge, Publisher Representative

We are excited to welcome Lou Harbidge to the role of Publisher Representative. She steps into the new job with valuable APRA AMCOS experience.

What were you doing before prior to taking on the Publisher Representative role?

I’m a few months shy of my three year anniversary at APRA. During my time here I’ve worked as a Repertoire Analyst.

What are you looking forward to with your new role, and what will you bring from your Repertoire Analyst experience?

I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Publisher members to ensure that they, and the writers they represent, are paid for bringing us the joy that is music.

As a Repertoire Analyst my primary responsibility was to add and update ownership of musical works by gathering information from overseas collecting societies and local publisher registrations. The maintenance of works in our database is essential to ensuring the correct writers and publishers are paid and I will bring this commitment to upholding music copyright to the new role.

What are you currently listening to?

Brissie band Blush has been on high rotation since I saw them a couple of months ago. I’ve also been enjoying the latest Godspeed You! Black Emperor record.

Have you been to any gigs lately?

I once again got to play teenage fangirl while seeing Magic Dirt, Jebediah and Grinspoon at Spring Loaded festival.

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!)

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."