SongHubs – pushing Australian screen composers into spooky new worlds

Rescued from solitude, Australian screen composers and songwriters cross pollinate like crazy in Los Angeles hothouse.

APRA AMCOS is the alliance of the major collection societies for musicians. With an annual income of around $470m, they have the resources to run SongHubs, a program of intensive workshops ‘which partners emerging and established APRA AMCOS songwriters with renowned international songwriters and producers to create new works for local and international markets’, in the words of the website. In 2019 there were fifteen of these crucibles, held as far away as Bali, Berlin, London, Brooklyn and Seoul. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.