Check out our resources for music students and educators.

How To Rule The World

Students ask our panel of experts what it takes to have real world success as a songwriter or producer. Join KLP, John Foreman, Ilan Kidron, Robert Conley and emerging artist (and songmakers alum) Sonia de Pellegrin at our special Q&A.

View Videos and Access Activity Book

What does a producer do?


After a big two days on SongMakers at Bellarine Secondary College, mentors Grant Windsor and Robert Conley talk us through what the what, how and why of being a writer/producer.

View Producer Video Series

SongSummit panel discussions

Watch panel discussions and keynote speeches at SongSummit, APRA AMCOS’ regular songwriting and publishing fest – http://www.songsummit.com.au/media-centre/

Iconic artists such as Neil Finn, Missy Higgins and Kev Carmody share their tips on how to get your music out there, starting your own record label, tips on songwriting and demoing for the international pop market.

Are you a new songwriter or producer?

As soon as you create a piece of music you (and your co-writers, if you have collaborated) have copyright in it. Find out what that means.

If your music gets performed – by you or someone else – it can make you money.

Are you a teacher?

APRA AMCOS has a regular schools newsletter, Chalkboard. Subscribe by emailing here.

Writing and Demo’ing, Collabs and Careers

Even if your school can’t host a workshop, you can give your students a SongMakers experience. Designed to support the Australian Curriculum (The Arts) in music,  there’s real world collaboration, writing to a deadline, strategies for starting from scratch, the importance of demo’ing your work and how to make money from your music. The workbooks are FREE for your use in an educational context and may not be used for commercial purposes.

Download the TEACHER BOOK

Download the STUDENT WORKBOOK

A word about free use: By accessing this material you agree that you are doing so for non-commercial, educational use on behalf of an Australian school, TAFE or University; and you will not sell, reproduce, distribute, amend, display, publicly perform, repost or otherwise use any of the material in any way for any other purpose without our prior written consent; or to otherwise infringe the rights of any person in using this material. © 2014 APRA AMCOS

Advice and observations about songwriting

Sting in conversation with Australia’s Paul Grabowsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5C7d8DM9Pc
Elton John: watch as he writes music on the spot to go with just-seen words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB3MwB2F-wU
Bruce Springsteen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghFAshWRLec
Alicia Keys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x563Y-PY40
Empire of the Sun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK84h02NDW8
Lennon and Mcartney (Beatles) radio interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eCy7gncXhQ

“Seeing these kids accomplish SO much in 2 days is an absolute inspiration to me as a professional songwriter and producer.”
Robert Conley, mentor