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Careers at APRA AMCOS

We're here for the music.

Working in harmony

Our values keep everyone reading from the same score to maintain an organisation that's a hit with everyone who works for and with us.

Collaboration

Diversity is vital. Whether our opinions, views, talents or skills complement or contrast, we collaborate with those who share our purpose and passion.

Respect

Our respect for music runs deep. It keeps us transparent, open, and honest. We’re working towards a future where everyone respects music for both its emotional and financial value.

Skill

We combine talent, knowledge and intuition with a commercial sensibility. We do what no one else can: copyright can be complex, yet we make it simple.

Imagination

We don’t just admire imagination, we use it within our business every day: it makes life interesting. Imagination + action = innovation.

Staff spotlight

Narelle Butterworth - Senior Manager, Events

Years worked at APRA AMCOS: 16 years and 3 months.

What do you love most about APRA AMCOS? The passion that staff have for the artists we work for. For me it is why I have stayed for so long; because I believe in what we do and love supporting our members.

What makes you happy at work? Having the opportunity to work with some of my favourite artists. I have always been a big fan of Australian music and I still pinch myself at the amazing talent I get to work with in my role. I also have an amazing Communications & Events team that make every day a new adventure, and an abundance of work colleagues who have becomes incredible friends.

How has APRA AMCOS shaped your career? I started at APRA in the Writer Services department, moved on to the Publishers Services division and was then lucky enough to land in the Events Department where I’ve been for 12 years. The organisation has provided me with the opportunity to learn about the business on so many different levels, and ultimately fulfill my ambitions of working in music events.

What was your main reason for wanting to join APRA AMCOS? I had been trying to work my way into a paid role within the music industry after many years of volunteering at state based organisations, festivals, gigs; whatever I could get my hands on to gain experience. I’m so grateful to still be with APRA after such a long time and still getting to do what I love.

Listen in with our Staff Picks Playlist

Hear and share the best new and new-ish Australian and NZ music curated by someone on our team each fortnight. While you're listening in, get to know the person behind the music.

Be the first to know when a new list is available by following us on Spotify or Apple Music.

This playlist was brought to you by Michelle Grigg - Administration Assistant OneMusic NZ

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Get to know Michelle

Describe your role at APRA AMCOS in one sentence:
I’m part of the OneMusic NZ client services team. I do a variety of administration tasks within the department, as well as administering and managing the NZ compliance program.

What is your favourite song on your playlist and why?
Cruise Control – Eskimos & Egypt remix, Headless Chickens. Flying Nun Records have recently released an extended reissue of Headless Chickens album Body Blow, originally released in 1991, and it’s bringing back all the nostalgic feels. I’m also excited to hear more from Chaii, loving her track Digebasse (Enough).

What’s the last gig you went to?
Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of months ago. Seeing them live was on my bucket list as I’ve missed them previous times they’ve been to NZ, I wasn’t disappointed.

What’s the first gig you went to?
The first big concert I went to was Missy Elliot. I worked at a music store at the time and got free tickets, we left work early and travelled 5 hours from Gisborne to Auckland to catch the concert, we then drove all the way back to make it back for work the next morning. Oh to be 20 again!

My favourite music memory is…
There’s a few, but the one that comes to mind is an event called Synthony that I went to in 2017. The concept was a DJ, a handful of NZ vocalists and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra re-doing dance tracks from the 00’s (think Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim). It sounds crazy but it was one of the coolest music experiences, no one was sitting down!

Final thought
Music taste is super subjective, like what you want to like and don’t let anyone tell you it’s shit.