Put your school on the SongMakers map

Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015

Get in quick with your expression of interest and you could be one of our 50 SongMakers schools for 2016, joining a nationwide push to fast-track the next generation of Australian hit-makers.


Your students will be mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian music, including Lior, Ilan Kidron, Kav Temperley, Jon Hume and producer Robert Conley (Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin, KISS). You will also be giving your students exclusive access to one of three SongMakers scholarship opportunities with our new higher education partner, JMC Academy. More about that soon.

To remind you, SongMakers is an innovative arts/education/industry partnership between APRA AMCOS and the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Ministry for the Arts. It’s all about encouraging music students to find and value their own unique voice, by collaborating, writing and recording original music. Students work intensively for two days guided by mentors with strong credentials in writing and producing successful songs.

Again our mentors have worked with 800 budding songwriters and producers, this time in schools as far afield as Eden on the South Coast of NSW to Alice Springs in the Top End, and Fremantle to Fitzroy. 200 new songs and demos have been created and, in the process, teachers in our 50 schools say they themselves have learned a lot from seeing our top-of-their-game mentors work with their students.

“(The mentors) displayed mentoring in its truest sense with knowledge, gravitas and sensibility, giving students the affirmation that they have a connection to something bigger through this program,” says teacher, Drew Deppeler, at Timboon in regional VIC.

“(The mentors) displayed mentoring in its truest sense with knowledge, gravitas and sensibility, giving students the affirmation that they have a connection to something bigger through this program,” says teacher, Drew Deppeler, at Timboon in regional VIC.

We’re seeing some great green shoots from SongMakers: schools start songwriting clubs, run music industry career days, host original music competitions and showcases, and even embed songwriting into their classroom programs throughout the school year. There are big impacts on individual students too.

For example, Bellarine Secondary College’s Chitra Ridwan won a regional songwriting competition initiated after SongMakers which will see her receive one-on-one mentoring by our producer mentor, Anna Laverty, over the Summer. Writer/producer and SongMakers mentor, Robert Conley was so impressed by young Canberra muso, Taka Perry, at the workshop at Narrabundah College that he signed him to his label, Specific Music; and Sydney’s Alana Patmore, followed up her SongMakers workshop at the Talent Development Project by winning a spot at the 50 Songs in 5 Days songwriting camp.

These are just some of the success stories among many. Put your school on the SongMakers map. Apply now to host SongMakers in 2016 by completing the online Expression of Interest here www.songmakers.com.au. FREE resources are at the website too.


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