The results are in from our four year evaluation of the SongMakers program and it’s overwhelming! SongMakers is ‘internationally significant’ in its benefits to schools, students, teachers and to the Australian music industry. Read the research summary here.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to convince the federal government to build on its investment in the program, it has decided not to continue its support for SongMakers. See SBS’ The Feed story on that here.

Without the government’s support, we can’t run the program nationally. But here at APRA AMCOS, we’re committed to finding a way to keep it going because it’s such an important part of the ecosystem of support around Australia’s contemporary music industry. We’re trialling a new cross-campus model for the program which brings students from different schools together for each workshop – really upping the ante on the way the program reflects what happens in real world writing sessions. We’re delighted to announce mighty Tassie has signed on as the first State Education Department to work with us directly on that.

Stay tuned.

If you’d like to talk to us about being a SongMakers ‘hub’ school, please contact us here.

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2018 sees us doing things a little differently. We’re taking this year to trial a new SongMakers model where students from multiple schools work together. Because each workshop is cross-campus it takes the ‘real world’ demands of the program to the next level: you work in  a small collaborative group, with people you’ve only just met, under time pressure, to create something new. And your musical network grows exponentially in just two days.

Thanks to our SongMakers 2.0 pilot schools and students in SW Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Townsville, Brisbane and Geelong. Check out the songs!