Featured Opportunity: Wild card entry in ‘50 Songs in 5 Days’ camp

Tuesday, 06 Oct 2015

APRA AMCOS, in partnership with Specific Music and online musical collaboration site The Naked Song, are announcing a worldwide opportunity for one songwriter to attend 50 songs in 5 days in Sydney this November. Returning to Australia on the eve of her EP launch, newly appointed APRA AMCOS Ambassador, Georgi Kay, talks about the value of camps and collaborations.

APRA AMCOS is delighted to welcome Georgi Kay as an Ambassador, seeing in her a great talent as well as a role model for young songwriters across the country. Georgi said, “I am very humbled to be an Ambassador, it’s a great opportunity to reach out to others.

Of the value of songwriting camps, Georgi said “These camps provide great connections, loads of inspiration and creativity all in one space. It really is the perfect environment to create amazing material with other likeminded and talented individuals.”

Songwriters enter to attend 50 songs in 5 days online, from 9am AEST 25 September – 11.59pm AEST 25 October. APRA AMCOS ambassador and founder of 50 songs in 5 days, Robert Conley will choose a winning entry for a fully paid ‘wild card’ place in the prestigious 50 songs in 5 days event. This camp is an ‘invitation only’ songwriting collaborative which, in previous years, has hosted artists like Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jarryd James, Lorde’s producer Joel Little and many more. The Naked Song will be covering all return travel costs for the winner, from wherever they reside in the world.


Melbourne musicians developed The Naked Song concept, when their garage-based collaboration was disrupted by an overseas move by one member. Fearful of copyright piracy in the open market, they developed a free and secure musician-sharing website which has since been embraced by music professionals.

50 songs in 5 days, run by Specific Music and partnered by APRA AMCOS, is an annual event for songwriters and artists. Now running for four years, it brings over 70 of the country’s top songwriters, music makers and artists together for an opportunity to write, produce, extend networks and socialise. APRA AMCOS Ambassador, Georgi Kay, will return from London to not only attend the 50 songs in 5 days camp, but also to release her new EP produced by Robert Conley. This is the second time they have worked together on an EP, the first in 2013. Testimony to the creativity of songwriting camps, one of the songs on Professional Development Award winner Georgi Kay’s soon-to-be released EP actually came out of a SongHubs event in Bali earlier in the year, driving her return to Sydney as an Ambassador for ‘on the ground’ representation of her fellow songwriters.

After moving from the States in 2007, Robert Conley has made a huge impact on the local music scene, becoming the Music Director for the APRA Music Awards this year and a key facilitator in the SongMakers mentoring workshops which tours through schools around the country.

Georgi said, “It’s different from sitting with collaborators in a studio or café because in a camp, you don’t set up your collaboration team. The coordinators of these events look through the list of all us artists/producers/songwriters and beat-makers very carefully and choose our groups knowing who’d most likely get along with each other and who’d work best with whom.

"It all boils down to where your head’s at that day – are you in a creative space? Are you letting nerves and pressure get to you or are you excited and ready to write a killer song?”


On the topic of her new EP, Georgi said, “You’ve heard me on Axwell’s track In My Mind, you’ve seen me act and perform in Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake, you’ve heard my title song for Alex Garcia’s Residue but this EP is Georgi Kay in her purest form. It’s taken time to craft and shape it, and I look forward to hearing and seeing what people think.”

Georgi said of her collaboration history with Robert Conley “Rob introduced me to Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. I’ve always been very descriptive in my songwriting, so hearing bands with industrial, dark and raw sounds was really inspiring. It definitely had an impact on my music. Rob’s a great guy and we just work really well together. It’s a seamless and fluid process.”

Enter the competition online by 25 October. Entries are $5 AUD.

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