International Update: Isabel Pappani, LA Member Relations Representative

Monday, 31 Aug 2015

2015 Rocks The Pier 

Now in its sixth year, Australia Rocks The Pier took place on August 6 at Santa Monica’s iconic pier as part of the Twilight Concert Series, one of the largest, free outdoor festivals in Southern California. 

G’Day USA, an organisation that fosters business and investment opportunities between the United States and Australia, is behind the seaside festival. This year, as part of their burgeoning relationship with APRA AMCOS, G’Day USA chose an Australian SongHubs participant to perform for the very first time – electro pop songwriter Penelope Austin (who was honoured with a proper Southern Californian sunset during her performance!) She was joined by garage rockers DMA’s and producer/songwriter Ben Browning from Cut Copy. Together, they became the musical face of the nation.

The sound of these three Australian acts attracted a crowd of 10,000 and gave those in the audience a taste of what Australian music has to offer. It was incredibly inspiring and a timely reminder of just how well Australian acts are currently being received here in the States. 

SongHubs LA

From August 3 to 7, the Boom Boom Room Recording Studio in Los Angeles became the creative home of 23 writers, producers and artists for the latest instalment of SongHubs. With a focus on creating new electronic music, APRA AMCOS Ambassador Simon Lewicki (aka Groove Terminator) curated a super productive songwriting camp that created 33 new songs over five days and attracted some big names from Australia and overseas. With the same spirit of past SongHubs events, all participants were enthusiastic, hard working and dedicated to having a great time as well.

APRA AMCOS members living in Los Angeles that lent their creative skills included Vassy, Georgi Kay, Penelope Austin, Hook N Sling, Alex Burnett, Nicole Millar, Paul Brandoli, Anna Lunoe, Natalie Dunn, Mathew Sofo and Daniel Chien (Wax Motif). They had the opportunity to meet, mingle and most importantly co-write with Australian-based writers Mikah Freeman and Vance Musgrove from The Aston Shuffle, Kaelyn Behr (Stylaz Fuego), Benedict East (Kilter), Nicholas Routledge (Nicky Nightime) and Dennis Dowlutt (Deutsch Duke). This talented bunch of Aussies also had the chance to work with eight international guests: Nathaniel Lewis and Javeon from the United Kingdom, Dennis White, Jimmy Harry, Eli Rise, Luciana, Nick Clow, Dan Farber and Corey Enemy. 

Each room of the recording studio was filled with an electric energy while the artists worked hard and played hard. The level of support and encouragement everyone showed each other was impressive too. There was a listening session on the last day where many new tracks were played. All the participants praised their peers for the work they had accomplished over the five days. Not only were 26 brand new songs written but countless connections were made. 

LA 'Connecting Members' Meeting 

An excellent Connecting Members event was held on August 3 to coincide with the first day of SongHubs. Big thanks goes to Karen Lanyon, the Australian Consular General, who opened up her private home to host the networking event. Invites were sent to more than 100 APRA AMCOS members that were in Los Angeles at the time – it just goes to show this city is becoming quite a hotspot for Australian musos. Many phone numbers were exchanged as members that had heard of one another finally had the chance to meet face-to-face. 

It was an intimate setting for the Aussies to meet each other, make new friends and create connections. They also had the chance to network with APRA AMCOS Ambassadors Colin Hay, Maya Jupiter, Ashley Irwin, Simon Lewicki, Ilan Kidron and APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations Milly Petriella. 

As the APRA AMCOS Member Relations Representative here in LA, don't hesitate to contact me if you’re touring or relocating to the United States. I can help you find your feet in the local music scene and assist you with everything from visa tips to finding other expat members here. Email  

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