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News April 9, 2018

SongHubs – The Tower takes over Studios 301 for three days

SongHubs – The Tower takes over Studios 301 for three days

International producers, A&Rs and creatives including Sarah Aarons, The Orphanage and Erin Bowman will work with Australian creatives G Flip, Starley, and Running Touch when APRA AMCOS initiative SongHubs – The Tower takes Sydney’s recently revamped Studio 301 starting tomorrow.

The intensive songwriting sessions will run across three days and have been curated by US executives Amanda Berman-Hill, co-Head of A+R for Sony ATV Music Publishing, and Peter Coquillard, head of international at LA-based Milk and Honey Management.

Tomorrow morning, 14 Australian songwriters and one Kiwi will report to the studio to get started on writing, producing and recording.

Involved in the sessions is SongHubs alumna Sarah Aarons, a nominee for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year at tomorrow night’s APRA Music Awards.

Aarons, co-wrote the US #1, double-platinum Zedd/Alessia Cara hit ‘Stay’, and has a current chart-climber with Zedd’s ‘The Middle’, along with recent releases by Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato and Jessie Ware.

Joining Aarons is production duo The Orphanage aka Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo.

Their credits include Demi Lovato’s ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, Alessia Cara’s ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana, and Kehlani’s album SweetSexySavage.

US singer-songwriter Erin Bowman had one of the most synced songs of 2017 with ‘Good Time Good Life,’ which featured on TV shows This Is Us, Hawaii Five-O and Girls, in Target’s US Thanksgiving ad campaign.

The Australian roster includes:

Benjamin Woolner-Kirkham (SAFIA)

Chris Collins

Eddie Benjamin

G Flip


Ilan Kidron

Liam Quinn


Milan Ring

Morgan Bain

Running Touch

Sam Sakr



Troy Samuela (NZ)

Tushar Apte

“The calibre of everyone involved is astounding – from the curators who have put so much thought into the entire program, to the guests who are expert collaborators, and of course the APRA AMCOS members who all are doing amazing work in their own right,” said Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS director of member relations.

“Having Studios 301 as the ‘incubator’ for SongHubs – The Tower means that all of the attendees will have access to the best tools, technology, and amenities and they can focus purely on the songs.”

Launched in 2013, SongHubs has already produced commercial releases for the likes of Troye Sivan, Client Liaison, Tkay Maidza, Nicole Millar, Guy Sebastian, SAFIA and Ecca Vandal, resulting in over $1 million dollars for APRA AMCOS collaborators in songwriting royalties to date.


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