Spotlight On: SongHubs

Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015

The 19 APRA AMCOS SongHubs held over the last two years have been creative incubators responsible for hatching over 200 new musical works, scores of commercial recorded releases and live performances – and some emotional moments for those taking part. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best SongHubs series yet.

From LA SongHubs in February, to Toronto (Canadian Music Week), London and Bali in May, the Sydney leg of SongHubs just last month continues this exemplar success story.

One of the outstanding achievements of the APRA AMCOS SongHub held at Tileyard Studios, London was ‘Papernote,’ a track written by husband and wife Chris and Charlie Collins of Sydney based four-piece Tigertown, produced by UK-based, Icelander Siggi and mixed by LA super writers Captain Cuts.

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The track propelled them into a different league; they were immediately signed for an EP deal by tastemaker Derek Davies, director of Neon Gold label (Haim, Marina and the Diamonds, Tove Lo). This label digitally soft released ‘Papernote’ via two key blogs and soundcloud, receiving rave reviews and over 146,000 plays.

From SongHubs, Tigertown then embarked on a tour of the US with successful US band Magic Man and Panama Wedding, playing 1000-plus seat-venues. The band also attended SxSW in Austin, Texas, becoming a ‘buzz band’ and playing four key showcases to draw the attention of North American booking agent, Bobby Corey from CAA as well as UK agents and promoters including Andy Cook at CAA, Andy Duggan at Primary and Finn O'Leary at MCD.

Tigertown have just completed an international record deal for their first album which will be a joint venture with Neon Gold and US label Atlantic Records. Chris and Charlie Collins are currently in the US writing with Chris Zane, Tim Pagnotta, Captain Cuts and St Lucia. Charlie also attracted the interest of SONGS publishing (LORDE and Diplo) and signed with them in May.

From indie-folk to country- for Novacastrian Morgan Evans, performing at the Ryman Auditorium during CMAFest, Nashville, the biggest Country Music Festival in the world, was a ‘huge moment’ which drew tears to his eyes. Morgan was one of a select group of artists showcased, performing only three songs to a sold-out crowd of 2,200 and earning a standing ovation. Key to his success was his choice of material – he opened the set with a song written at Canadian SongHubs.  

Paul Carter and Daniel Merriweather

SongHubs is a federally funded program run by APRA AMCOS. It started in 2013 covering a global footprint – Sydney, Stockholm, London, Mumbai, Bali, Toronto, Adelaide and LA. Along with an invitation to be part of SongHubs, many APRA AMCOS members benefit from having their travel and accommodation costs covered. The songwriters, composers and producers chosen not only have to demonstrate commercial success but also a keenness to collaborate with high profile international songwriters and producers.

Find out more about SongHubs here


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