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Opportunities: funding, mentoring, creating

JamarzOnMarz at Express Yourself - photo courtesy Mardi Gras

Art Music Fund

  • $50,000 granted to 10 composers from Australia and New Zealand

Women in Music Mentorships


  • A chance for Australian composers to create a new piece of music for the world-first composition-to-choreography competition MadeBy, an initiative of OneMusic Australia and the Australian arm of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • Winning composer Emma Greenhill will work over the next year with the winning choreographer

Express Yourself – Queer Discovery Showcase

  • Our joint initiative with Mardi Gras to showcase emerging LGBTQI+ artists will see one up-and-coming artist selected to perform at an upcoming Mardi Gras event
  • Showcases have featured: Aya Yves, JamarzOnMarz, BVT, Clara Fable and No Frills Twins

SongMakers Murrumbidgee Regional High School with Taka Perry - Photo Vince Bucello


  • In 2020 we launched a virtual workshop version and, to help keep young people motivated through lockdowns, a virtual Q&A series. Mentors zoomed in from their homes and studios each week to answer students' questions and give creative tips.
  • Online or in-person our team of 10 mentors worked with 600+ students from Hobart to Gosford, Adelaide to Murrumbidgee.
  • Many alums are now forging music careers. Some, like Tia Gostelow and Taka Perry, are even returning to the classroom as SongMakers mentors.
  • We welcomed new partners in Create NSW, Office of Regional NSW and NSW Department of Education.

NATSIMO Launches

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander members


In October 2020, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) unveiled its strategic plan outlining its mission and goals as an Indigenous-led initiative of APRA AMCOS and peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators.

NATSIMO has created new programs and opportunities to support the growth and development of songwriters and composer members:

  • VIRTUAL First Nations Suite & 3-2-1 Sessions
    From February to June the NATSIMO held monthly online masterclasses with a focus on production, composition and co-writing. Guests included Magoo, Naretha Williams, Amara Primero, Pip Norman, Dale Cornelius, Candice Lorrae, Becki Whitton, Mo’Ju, Milan Ring, Bobby Alu, Sarah Belkner, Deline Briscoe, Joel Quartermain and River Boy.
    Across three days in April the NATSIMO held a songwriter and producer intensive for NSW-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators called RESONATE. Held at the prestigious Studios 301, the program was funded by Create NSW and was curated by Grammy Award-winning producer and writer François Tétaz and facilitated by producer, engineer and mixer Antonia Gauci.


SongHubs brought together songwriters and producers to create new works.

  • SongHubs Gold Coast October 2020 - curated by Grammy-nominated songwriter Jennifer Decilveo, supported by Kobalt Music Publishing, City of Gold Coast and Bignote Productions
  • Reo Māori SongHubs - November 2020 at Waimārama Marae in Hawke’s Bay. The program was curated by producer Joel Little, and mātanga reo language specialist and songwriter Sir Tīmoti Kāretu. Two songs have already been released: Theia and Vayne’s pop/hip-hop song ‘Creep’ produced by Rory Noble (Universal Music Publishing), co-written with Jeremy Tātere MacLeod; and Diaz Grimm’s waiata ‘Te Kore’ featuring Dame Hinewehi Mohi, co-written with Te Kuru Dewes and produced by Sam Hāmi Taylor
  • SongHubs December 2020 Hawkes Bay - curated by acclaimed producer Devin Abrams
  • SongHubs Victoria February 2021 – the first Australian all-women and non-binary songwriters session, curated by Gretta Ray, supported by Creative Victoria, and held at Fall Back Studios
  • SongHubs Gold Coast March 2021, curated by Thomas Busby with support from City of Gold Coast, held at Bignote Productions
  • SongHubs Ōtautahi Christchurch March 2021, curated by Delaney Davidson
  • SongHubs The Tower April 2021 - special expat edition, curated by Peter Harding, with thanks to principal partners Studios 301 and Marsh McLennan

30 songs from SongHubs were released – the most of any year yet

Songs that began at sessions over the last few years were finished and commercially released – an indication of the calibre of work that is being done. Highlights include:

SongHubs Auckland 2019
Foley - Anything Before You

Writers: Wallace A/Everett G/Lyon C/Campany N/Newman W
Publishers: Universal/MCA Music Publishing/Kobalt Music Publishing/Warner Chappell Music

SongHubs Auckland 2019
Shayna - Alchemy feat Rei

Writers: King S/Gray S/McDougal C/Davey A
Publisher: Downtown Music

SongHubs The Tower 2019
Taka Perry - Only U feat. Gia Vorne (live for triple j Like a Version)

Writers: Perry T/Denton G/Brown S
Downtown Music

SongHubs: First Nations, Melbourne 2019
Benny Walker - We're Home
Writers: Walker B/Carne R/Mase D

SongHubs Victoria 2019
Telenova - Tranquilize
Writers: Quinn E/Heptinstall J/Armstong A
Publishers: Mushroom Music/BMG Rights Management

Gold Coast SongHubs BIGSOUND 2019
Kate Miller-Heidke - Deluded
Writers: Miller-Heidke K/Collier H/Niedermeyer S
Publishers: Sony Music Publishing Australia/Kobalt Music Publishing

Gold Coast SongHubs BIGSOUND 2019
Overdrive feat. Kings - Louis Baker
Writers: Baker L/Chapple-Wilson K/Andress I/Steele J

K-Pop SongHubs Seoul 2019
BerryGood – Time for Me
Writers: Apte T/Williams T/Wright A/Simister W

SongHubs Auckland 2020
CHAII – Wow (Look at Me)
Writers: Chapple-Wilson K/Henderson W/Sanei M/Milne J
Publishers: BMG Rights Management/Mushroom Music

SongHubs Auckland 2020
Kings - Floating

Writers: Chapple-Wilson K/Noble R
Publishers: BMG Rights Management on behalf of Big Pop Music Publishing/Universal Music Publishing

SongHubs: The Virtual Tower 2020
Guy Sebastian - Only Thing Missing
Writers: Sebastian G/Brown T/Koalo Z/Kearney-Nurse I
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing/Sony Music Publishing