Publisher Relations and Repertoire Q & A and staff updates

9 April

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

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

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."

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