News March 18, 2021

APRA AMCOS’ SongHubs returns to Gold Coast with Thomas Busby

APRA AMCOS’ SongHubs returns to Gold Coast with Thomas Busby
Photographer: Bobby Rein / Source: Supplied

SongHubs Gold Coast, a partnership between APRA AMCOS and the City of Gold Coast, has this week begun at the long-running Bignote Productions’ studio.

Curated by Thomas Busby of Busby Marou, the sessions wind up tomorrow.

“The Gold Coast is just bursting with talent and my aim for these sessions is to help foster that talent, create new connections, and to encourage everyone to give it a red hot go in the studio,” Busby said.

“I was so impressed and yet not surprised at all by the calibre of songwriters who applied to be part of SongHubs.

“We have artists coming here who are making incredible folk, pop, electronic, hip-hop and R&B music, all with unique perspectives, and I am looking forward to see what comes out of the sessions.”

Among the Gold Coast participants are producer Aidan Hogg, and artists Beckah Amani, Bobby Alu, DENNIS, Jem Cassar-Daley, Josh King, LEMAIRE, Tay Oskee, Tom Eggert and Penny Pariah.

These artists – selected by Busby – will work with SongHub guests Ali Barter, who just dropped the single ‘You Get In My Way’, producer/engineer Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy), Pete Murray, Sahara Beck, Tia Gostelow and producer/artist Garrett Kato.

Busby also selected two applicants, producer James Angus and Sydney-based Liyah Knight.

This is the third time that SongHubs has focussed on the Gold Coast.

“Our Music Action Plan is making great inroads in helping talented Gold Coasters promote their talent through a vibrant music scene,’’ Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said.

The first City of Gold Coast SongHubs produced a number of new works including songs from Kate Miller-Heidke’s 2020 album Child in Reverse and Louis Baker’s recent NZ #1 song ‘Overdrive,’ which he co-wrote with Best New Artist Grammy nominee Ingrid Andress and producer Tobacco Rat.

Since SongHubs launched in 2013, over $2.7 million in performance royalties for the initiative’s collaborators has been earned.

SongHubs has produced commercial releases for the likes of Briggs, Troye Sivan, Tayla Parx, Morgan Evans, Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Ainslie Wills, The Chainsmokers, Guy Sebastian, Ecca Vandal and Kate Miller-Heidke.

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