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SONGMAKERS STUDENT AND TEACHER RESOURCES

Designed to support the Australian Curriculum (The Arts), the materials have been based on what happens during a SongMakers workshop. So even if your school can’t host a workshop, you can give your students a SongMakers experience.The workbooks are made available for your FREE use in an educational context and may not be used for commercial purposes.

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New! 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.

About Grant Windsor: Grant Windsor is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, writer and producer. He’s a former APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award winner and has had stints living in NY and London, where he worked with Jamie Cullum, Carole King and the BBC Orchestra, among others. Since his return to Australia he has been working with Guy Sebastian, Pete Murray and many other Australian artists.

About Robert Conley: Robert is one of Australia’s most in-demand songwriter/ producers. Early in his career, while working as assistant engineer on ‘KISS Alive III’ in LA, Robert so impressed Grammy award-winning producer, Walter Afanasieff, that he was hired on the spot. That set him on a path to work on artists including Destiny’s Child, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana and many more. Now living in Sydney, Robert has his own publishing company and record label, Specific Music. He’s even signed a SongMakers student, Taka Perry, to his label.

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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.

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

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.

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