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.
In November, the program was extended to screen composers for the first time. Screen SongHubs was run in Los Angeles, where some of the participants are already living. With five studios and a smorgasbord of instruments, computers and electronic gizmos, a mix of music creators with varied songwriting, producing, composing and arranging skills created new music tracks for a pair of film projects.