Briggs to curate SongHubs First Nations

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019

Applications are now open for four days of musical collaboration at Abbey Road Institute, 2-5 May.

SongHubs First Nations is a SongHubs first, bringing together some of the most respected First Nations writers and creatives from around the world for four days of songwriting collaboration with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, and Pasifika songwriters and musicians.

Rapper, APRA Music Award-winning songwriter, and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Briggs will curate the writing, producing, and recording sessions at the prestigious Abbey Road Institute in Melbourne.

SongHubs First Nations is presented by APRA AMCOS and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Briggs has invited Renata Flores, a trailblazing electro-pop star from Peru who sings in the Quecha language, and Dakota/Boricua hip-hop artist and activist Tufawon from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to join creative forces with local songwriters including breakthrough singer-songwriter Alice Skye, Aotearoa hip-hop producer 10A, up-and-coming rapper Birdz, and Deadly Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Naomi Wenitong (The Last Kinection, Shakaya).

I am honoured to be bringing together some of the world’s most captivating First Nations artists to collaborate on new songs with the talent that is on the rise here in the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasifika music communities," said Briggs.

"SongHubs First Nations is going to be an intensely inspiring four days in the studio at Abbey Road Institute."

Eleven additional SongHubs First Nations participants will be selected through an open application process. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, and Pasifika artists who have recently released music, have plans for upcoming projects, and are keen to collaborate on creating new works are encouraged to apply.

Now in its sixth year, SongHubs continues to expand musically and geographically, with cross-genre sessions having taken place throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as in São Paulo, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Berlin, Singapore and beyond.

Commercial releases from the likes of John Butler Trio, Tkay Maidza, Chelsea Jade, Guy Sebastian, SAFIA and Ainslie Wills have resulted in over $1.8 million dollars in songwriting royalties for the collaborators, as well as invaluable creative and industry connections for APRA AMCOS members.


If you would like to apply, or have questions about membership and eligibility, please email or call 1800 642 634.

EXTENSION! Applications close Tuesday 2 April at 11pm AEDT.

Briggs (Yorta Yorta)

International guest writers:
Renata Flores (Quechua, Peru)
Tufawon (Dakota/Boricua, Turtle Island)

APRA AMCOS guest writers: 
10A (Aotearoa)
Alice Skye (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba)
Birdz (Butchulla)
Naomi Wenitong (Kabi Kabi)

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