International Update

Thursday, 12 Nov 2015

Mark Moffatt, Member Relations Nashville Representative
Nashville@apra.com.au

Nashville continues to enjoy its reputation as the "it" city with more millennials moving here per month than any other city in the US. A major growth area is what I call "van and trailer" bands, indie rock bands from all over the US moving here, not only because of the vast creative community, but also Nashville's perfect location as a touring hub.

    • Australian music legends Brian Cadd and Richard Clapton are slated to record in Music City in the next few months. Brian and Richard are both a great fit for the burgeoning Americana scene, which is also home to greats such as Robert Plant, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello and Ry Cooder.
    • Congrats to APRA AMCOS writer and Nashville resident Matt Scullion on his cut on the Cold Chisel album. Matt wrote ‘Shoot the Moon’ with Ian Moss on Ian's recent writing/recording trip to Nashville. Matt has a great track record of #1 hits with Lee Kernaghan and is making his mark writing with Nashville's best.

Isabel Pappani, Member Relations LA Representative
LA@apra.com.au

The Aussie BBQ at Culture Collide (8 -10 October) in Los Angeles went off in a big way with great attendance. It was great to catch up with the Aussie acts and those who came along to support them. I even discovered a few members that I didn't even know were here in LA.

    • We recently recommended APRA AMCOS member Romy Hoffman to DJ at LA Fashion Week for a cocktail event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Consul-General's office. Romy did an amazing job and her performance was enthusiastically received.
    • The Australian Consulate-General in LA, Karen Lanyon, held a farewell party at the consul general residence. APRA AMCOS arranged to have an intimate and acoustic set performed by Colin Hay, including ‘Land Down Under’ and ‘Overkill.’ It was truly a memorable event for everyone.

Adam Townsend, UK Member Services Representative
atownsend@apra.com.au

In September, APRA AMCOS held meetings in Edinburgh (off the back of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Berlin that were hugely successful. Berlin holds the second largest number of APRA AMCOS members based here in Europe. 

  • We attended Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg late September and fired up the barbie at THE AUSSIE BBQ at Molotow where we saw Dan Freeman, Hein Cooper, Tracer, Joel Sarakula, Seth Sentry, Safia and Ball Park Music. The festival also hosted a variety of fantastic networking events.
  • We hosted Songwriter Speaks with The Temper Trap at Australia House on 26 October to a packed room and invited industry guests from Infectious Records, Kobalt, BMG, IMMF, Sound Advice and Tileyard Music (to name a few). 
  • SHOWCASE NZ was held the following day in London at The Old Blue Last. We had a packed house and people came down to see performances from Jesse Will, The Wet Look, The Eversons and Two Cartoons. 

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