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What is the best career advice you were ever given? I’ve been so lucky to have some great teachers, musicians, managers, friends and family who have shared so much valuable advice over the years. I couldn’t choose any one piece of advice that sticks out. If you were not a composer/ songwriter, what might you have ended up doing? I have no idea!

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2008 Song of the Year Award winner for “Straight Lines”, co-written with Daniel Johns. APRA Member since 2000.

NZ NEWS MUSIC DIRECTORY & ROOTS NATION

According to Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”; an observation that is surely apt for the music industry. Responsiveness to change is required of all us - creator, consumer, collecting society, distributor - in order to sustain our art and our business well into the future.

What is the quality you most admire in a composer/songwriter? Honesty. When composers really write sincerely and honestly you can tell. It’s even more obvious when they don’t.

What’s happening

For collecting societies like APRA|AMCOS, the big challenges are of course: how to monetise the new services in a way that reflects the true value of creators’ rights, and then how to deal with the challenges to royalty allocation and distribution systems. We are constantly enhancing and adapting our systems to cope with the tidal wave of ‘longtail’ data that needs to be assessed to determine royalty payments. In addition, we are working closely to implement licence agreements with new players in the industry. These agreements will ensure authorised access to our members’ repertoire, whilst providing a reasonable regime of protection and remuneration.

What is the best live performance you’ve ever been to, whether you were performing or not? The last Prince show I saw at the Sydney Entertainment Centre would easily be the best show I have ever seen.

What piece written by another writer do you wish you had written, and why? None. I could suggest a favourite song by David Bowie, or the Midnight Juggernauts, or Public Enemy, or Fela Kuti, or The Smiths - but then if I had written it, it would sound nothing like the song that I love. So I’m happy for those guys to have made music that I like, and happy for me just to like it!

Publisher News

The mobile phone giants are launching music services and gradually putting into place licence agreements that respect and remunerate creators. Many of the popular, devicebased digital games (like Guitarhero and Rockband) are returning royalties to the creators of the original works they feature, and legitimate digital download services are beginning to proliferate and vary, at least internationally. Demand for live performances – a more traditional mode of music consumption - continues to grow exponentially, further evidence of the increasing value consumers place on music. Overall, both the creation and consumption of music seems to be growing.

Who would you most like to collaborate with and why? To be honest I’m pretty happy just working with Kim at the moment (the other Preset). As a writing team we seem to be really hitting our strides at the moment, and I cannot wait until this year of touring comes to an end so we can get back into the studio again.

What’s your favourite piece (that you’ve written)? That’s difficult to answer. I have many favourite Presets songs - all fun for different reasons. I’m really proud of My People, and still cannot quite believe how big that song has been. Anywhere is another one I really love from the new record. I have piano pieces scribbled in my book at home too that have never seen the light of day - I definitely have some favourites in there, although only my girlfriend ever gets to hear them (and only if she is out of the room and not really ‘listening’). I get too self conscious playing them for anybody.

Screenrap Olympic Postcards

While the battle to protect authors’ rights in the face of large-scale piracy and file sharing has dominated the musical landscape in recent years, there is nevertheless some cause for optimism; a well-spring of new business models is emerging to take the place of some traditional business models which are struggling and may even have passed their “use by” date.

What is your favourite book/website about music? Reading The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross at the moment. Great history of 20th century music. He writes a great blog by the same name. All time favourite book on music would have to be Testimony - the auto-biography of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

What is your most marked characteristic as a songwriter? Hopefully what I was just talking about - melodies that are simple, yet also `jump’ or `leap’ sometimes to create a bit of interest. Not too tricky, but not boring either. (Mozart does it way better than me though).

International Notes Member news

> Brett Cottle. Photo by Jan Kuczerawy

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What is your favourite film that is about music or is it a musical? Dancer in the Dark (starring Bjork and directed by Lars von Trier) would have to be up there. That is a very clever film, and visually and musically stunning. My brother and I loved the movie Beat Street when we were growing up. It’s all about breakdancing and hip hop culture.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING… 2008 Apra Music Awards

Anthea Sarris

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Honestly, the classical composers I studied at university had the biggest influence on me as a writer - Bach, Mozart and Shostakovich are the three most important for me. I played a lot of their music at university. Their melodic writing really had an effect on me - it is so simple yet so moving. Even though The Presets for instance sounds very different, I still try to approach melodies the same way. Keep them simple, and hopefully memorable.

IN MEMORY OF…

But wait, there’s more! Don’t miss out on our wrap of the inaugural Song Summit Sydney (p.6) and a sneak peak at the completely revamped (and soon to be launched) APRA|AMCOS website (p.4). Enjoy!

What is the quickest piece you have written and which piece took the longest to write? For our new record, Kim and I wrote the three final songs in one week – Talk Like That, Eucalyptus and Together. I mean starting with absolutely nothing and then writing music and lyrics, recording, producing, and mixing in one week. The longest time though? Well, I have a book full of ideas that sits at my piano at home; some of the unfinished entries in it date back 5 years. I know they’ll make it onto some album one day.

We are family part 2

Also in the issue, we celebrate achievements of our outstanding songwriters, composers and publishers at the 2008 APRA Music Awards (p.14); and farewell three doyens of the Australian music industry: Tristram Cary, Jackie Orszaczky and Smoky Dawson (p.12).

What are you listening to? Loving the new album by Hercules and Love Affair (new disco kinda thing from New York that Antony Hegarty sings on). Also revisiting a lot of 20th century classical music that I used to study at school: Stockhausen, Ligeti, Schoenberg, Cage. John Coltrane’s Love Supreme gets a lot of spins whilst on tour too. That record is like meditation for me on tour.

Songwriting excellence

Screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz shares his experiences of composing music for Australian network television’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (p.18); Julian Hamilton from The Presets answers our questions in What’s my Scene (p.2); and the songwriters in the Skubiszewski and Morris families share their thoughts and experiences about music creation in the second part of our We Are Family special feature.

What are you currently working on? Sadly - nothing! Sitting in the back of a tour bus in the USA. I find it very difficult writing when I am on the road.

CORPORATE AFFAIRS UPDATE S3 SUCCESSFUL DEBUT

There’s a lot between the covers of this issue of Aprap; the first half of 2008 has given us lots of great events, achievements and songwriters to report on.

developing the next generation of songwriters NEW apra | amcos WEBSITE

> Anthea Sarris. Photo by Jan Kuczerawy

editor’s wrap

What is it you most value about music? Where could I even start answering that question!? It is a big one. Music is like magic, it’s a window to a writer’s fears, their loves. When composers are sincere, and honest, I think music is the most direct link to their soul. And it’s free! Anyone can have a yell, whistle a tune or tap a beat on their chair with their fingers and you can tell in that instant how that person is feeling.

2009 APRA Professional Development Awards Realising potential. Investing in emerging talent. The APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs) strive to help young songwriters and composers, ‘make it’. By offering cash, international travel, education and recognition opportunities to emerging music creators, the awards help them develop their skills and careers for future success. Since 2001 the APRA PDAs have provided invaluable investment and support to many APRA members in the early stages of their careers. The next round of PDAs open for submissions in September this year with winners announced in March 2009. APRA is thrilled to announce an expansion of the PDA program: more awards and an increased prize package. Stay tuned to Aprap and the APRA|AMCOS website for details! Let’s take a look at how the APRA PDAs have made a difference for two songwriters...

Screen music’s rising star Emerging screen composer Michael Yezerski won the inaugural PDA for screen music in 2001. The PDA gave Michael the opportunity and the means to attend the 2002 ASCAP International Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles. Since then, Michael has gone from strength to strength: he founded music production house Dirt Radio with fellow composer and music producer Chris Nelius. Their work includes music for the feature films Kenny and Suburban Mayhem and major ad campaigns for leading Australian agencies.

Ability+ opportunity = Awards

Here’s a quick look at some of the features designed to make connecting with APRA|AMCOS much easier.

Outstanding Australian songwriter and performer, Mia Dyson, won an APRA PDA in the category of popular contemporary music in 2004. Mia used her award to fund her 2004 tour of Canada and the UK, attending workshops and seminars, and collaborating and performing with other songwriters. In 2004 her debut album, Cold Water was nominated for an ARIA Award and in 2005 her sophomore release, Parking Lots, won the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots album. Her third album, Struck Down, was released in 2007.

“The PDA gave me a great start to setting up an international career in music - it was an amazing experience to travel and perform in new places. Arriving home I got stuck into work on my new album,” said Mia.

In August APRA|AMCOS will be launching a whole new website. Designed and developed with all our stakeholders in mind, the new site features an updated look and feel, improved navigation and functionality. Plus, it will be running on a whole new foundation, so we’ll be getting news and information to you much faster!

> Easy-to-use Navigation The new nav travels with you throughout the site. You’re never more than two clicks from the next piece of information you need.

> Improved Search We’ve listened to your feedback and improved the power and accuracy of our search tool. We’ve also bundled it with the Works Search tool and placed them in pole position across the site.

> Do business with us Easy, fast access to APRA’s Online Membership System. Click on this link from any page across the site to login and register new works or advise us of live performances.

It’s what the APRA PDAs do best: provide young songwriters and composers with the opportunity to travel, perform and develop their songwriting and composition skills. For both Mia Dyson and Michael Yezerski, winning an APRA Professional Development Award was part of their journey to success. For more information about the APRA PDAs go to www.apra.com.au/awards

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Michael’s music has earned him Gold Medals at both the 2004 and the 2006 Park City International Film Music Festivals (USA), Best Classical Artist at the 2004 MusicOz Awards, APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards for Best Dramatic Short Film Score (2002) and Best Song (2006) and the inaugural AFTRS Critics Circle Music Prize. He is also the recipient of the 2008 Barbara Blackman Commission.

2008 sees the release of Michael’s first two full-length feature film scores for The Black Balloon and Newcastle. The Black Balloon soundtrack features Michael’s songs performed by leading Australian recording artists including Josh Pyke, Simon Day and David Campbell. 2008 also sees the premiere of “The Red Tree”, a major work for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Gondwana Voices Childrens Choir.

Sneak peek!

Revamped APRA|AMCOS website

Developing the next generation of Australian songwriters

> Coming soon: The Bridge A place where APRA members can build their own profile pages to share their music and news. In the future we’ll be inviting APRA’s licensed music consumers to join The Bridge; creating an environment to inspire new music-use opportunities.

> Find out what’s on Stay up-to-date with the latest tours, gigs, industry and APRA events with the new improved Calendar.

> Opening Night

2008 Call for APRA & AMCOS Board Nominations In accordance with the APRA and AMCOS Constitutions, nominations for the position of Board Director can be received up to 60 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meetings (AGMs).

> Sandi Thom, Mark Meharry, Luke Bevans

The date for the APRA and AMCOS AGMs is 28 November 2008. Accordingly, nominations for the APRA Board Director positions and AMCOS Board Director positions must be received by the Company Secretary at the APRA|AMCOS head office in Sydney, by no later than close of business Friday 26 September 2008.

> James Mercer and Sandi Thom

Vote Green

You can view videos of all the major S3 sessions at www.songsummit.com.au/ Media_centre.htm … here’s a quick look at some of the sessions that delegates enjoyed the most!

This year we are aiming to increase this to 50% and make significant reductions in paper use and costs. If you haven’t already registered, please email enotices@apra.com.au with the subject heading “Register Me” and we’ll make sure you become part of our green solution. > Mike Perjanik, The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Brett Cottle

Collecting Society Code of Conduct Compliance Review Your feedback helps drive our performance APRA and AMCOS subscribe to a voluntary Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The Code came into effect in July 2002 and was most recently reviewed in April 2008. A copy of the review and the Code itself can be viewed and downloaded from the APRA website at www.apra.com.au/corporate/DocsPolicies.asp.

Licensee groups were advised of this year’s review and invited to make submissions. A notice inviting APRA and AMCOS members to submit was posted on the home page of the website. Members who have concerns about a collecting society’s compliance with the Code are able to make submissions directly to the code reviewer, Mr Burchett. Your submissions should be made in writing and sent directly to Mr Burchett at the following address by no later than Tuesday, 31 July 2008.

APRA|AMCOS and the NSW Government are proud to announce that Song Summit will return in 2010: look out for future updates!

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

APRA|AMCOS is committed to improving the way we do business to help the environment and reduce costs. Last year we reduced printing costs relating to the APRA AGM notice, voting and Annual Reports by $100,000. A campaign encouraging members to communicate and vote electronically resulted in 25% of APRA’s voting eligible members electing to e-vote.

Each year, an independent reviewer assesses whether the participating copyright collecting societies have complied with the Code. That review is currently being conducted by former Federal Court judge, Mr James Burchett QC.

With these words, APRA|AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle opened the inaugural Song Summit Sydney (S3) music expo held at the Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues from April 3rd to 5th. S3 – presented by APRA|AMCOS with the support of the NSW Government – provided the 800 attendees with crucial networking, educational, retail and cultural opportunities. In addition to the formal conference sessions, 12 career development workshops covering a range of musical genres, gave delegates an opportunity to learn from leading songwriters about their craft.

Details of nominees will be provided to all eligible full members prior to the AGMs and in accordance with the APRA and AMCOS Constitutions. You can read the constitutions, and the Charters of Corporate Governance which outline the responsibilities of APRA and AMCOS Board directors, at http://www.apra.com.au/corporate/DocsPolicies.asp For a copy of the APRA and/or AMCOS Nomination Forms and to discuss your eligibility for nomination, please contact APRA and AMCOS Company Secretary, Dean Ormston on (02) 9935 7900 or email dormston@apra.com.au.

“Welcome to our inaugural Song Summit; an event that we hope will inform, stimulate, motivate, amuse and infuriate you!”

Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams and James Mercer thrilled packed Hordern Pavilion audience during the intimate and inspiring “In conversation” series. Jimmy, Paul and James shared their personal histories, evolution as songwriters and performed some of their most well known works to spellbound audiences.

The Future Shock panel featuring Luke Bevans, Digital Sales & Marketing Director for Universal Music Australia, and Mark Meharry, co founder of Music Glue, explored the future of music in the digital age. From peer-to-peer networks to 360 degree deals to managing your fanbase online; the hottest issues and challenges facing songwriters today were discussed and debated. I’ve written some songs, so now what? featured Sandi Thom, Josh Pyke and James Mercer sharing their thoughts and experiences on the craft of songwriting and the business of making a living out of it. Moderated by triple j’s Robbie Buck, the three songwriters discussed their personal songwriting methods, their litmus tests for what makes a good song, their influences, maintaining creative control and pathways to success.

YOUR SAY... “I want to commend APRA for taking the initiative to hold a summit of this scope. As well as giving people the opportunity to develop the suite of skills needed to make a go of it in the music industry, this summit is part of a great re-energising movement for increasing local music and local content I see across the country.” The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

“It is heart warming to know that the songwriting part of music is in such good hands. If ever I can help out in the future please let me know, I’d be honoured to contribute. You make me feel proud to be a part of this wonderful thing called music.” Garth Porter, Songwriter, Producer “The inaugural Sydney Song Summit was exactly what a good music conference should be. That is, an excellent place for creators of music to hone their craft and expand their business skills, while giving the music industry a forum to discuss the current and future landscape of music.” Tony George, Austrade

S3 WINNERS Congratulations to S3 delegate Jake Smithers who won the door prize giveaway of a Gibson Square Shoulder ‘Songwriter Deluxe’ Acoustic Guitar; and delegate and showcase performer Jessica Paige who has won a double pass to the next Song Summit as part of the postevent survey competition.

“Registering for and attending S3 have been two of the best decisions I’ve made in my longish life. Congratulations for organizing a superb event – may it grow and nurture” Keith Potger (The Seekers)

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By Dean Ormston, Director Corporate Affairs & Communications, APRA|AMCOS

Successful debut for Song Summit

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> Dean Ormston. Photo by Jan Kuczerawy

Corporate Affairs

> Clare Bowditch > Live Music Revolution

The Code Reviewer Suite 704 4 Young Street Neutral Bay NSW 2089 Australia Email: codereviewer@screen.org APRA|AMCOS encourages all members to become familiar with the Code of Conduct. We welcome your feedback on our compliance with the standards outlined in that Code – the information you provide helps us to maintain a consistently high standard in the services we provide to our members, licensees and the general public.

> Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

> In Conversation with James Mercer

Black Fingernails, Red Wine

Peccadilloes

Songwriting Heart’s a Mess Songwriting New York excellence excellence London Bombs recognised recognised Somebody will miss you By Kirti Jacobs and Allison Gumbleton, APRA|AMCOS Communications

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Unborn Just what you’re looking for

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words are not enough

Tommy Emmanuel has been named Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine. This is the most recent public acknowledgement of Emmanuel’s incredible virtuosic skill. Guitar Player Awards are voted by readers of the magazine annually, letting them “play editor, and shout out the guitarists who have thrilled, astounded, and inspired, throughout the past year.” Other six-string wizards awarded this year include Pat Metheny (Best Jazz Guitarist), Brad Paisley (Best Country Guitarist) and Zakk Wylde (Best Metal Guitarist).

AUSSIE WINNERS AT ISC Eskimo Joe’s song “London Bombs” has won first place in the Performance Category at the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. In addition, their “Black Fingernails, Red Wine” was awarded second place in the Rock category and finally, “New York” received an honourable mention in the rock category.

Sydney’s The Mess Hall have taken out The Amp 2007 for their second album Devils Elbow. The Mess Hall will receive a $25,000 cash prize donated by PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) for winning The Amp, a prize that recognises musical excellence and outstanding creativity. They also receive a $30,000 media campaign courtesy of XYZ Networks music channel Max. Congratulations also to bluejuice who scored the Red Bull Award in recognition of their outstanding potential; and New Buffalo won the MySpace public vote. Congratulations Midnight Oil on being awarded a BMI Million-Air Award for Beds are Burning, which has now been played over a million times in the United States. A Million-Air Award is awarded when a song has been broadcast for at least 50,000 hours of air-time – equal to more than 5.7 years of continuous playing! Congratulations to songwriters, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Peter Garrett. A rare achievement, indeed.

Beds are Burning

Peter David Harper was awarded third place in the Blues category for his work “Just what you’re looking for”. Gotye won first place in the Folk Singer/ Songwriter category for “Heart’s a Mess”, and Clare Bowditch took second place for “Peccadilloes”. Stone Parade took out first place in the Rock category for their work “Somebody will miss you”, while Clint Crighton won third place for “Unborn”. Honourable mentions went to several Australian writers including Jackie Bristow, Andrew Winton, Jane E Robertson, Brent Lillie, Paul Harris, Harmony James, Jonah’s Road, Lior and The Miller’s Tale.

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Award by a Tasmanian Composer at the 2008 Amplified Sounds of Tasmania Awards. Performed by illustrious artist Jon English, his song “Words are not enough”, written in conjunction with Mark Punch, gained much of its popularity through last year’s Countdown Spectacular on the ABC. Astoundingly, Paige also achieved runner-up in the award category with the classic song, “Heading in the right direction”, performed by Renee Geyer.

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Congratulations to Gary Paige for winning the APRA Most Performed

Aprap spoke to songwriters in three families to find

To what extent was music part of your every day family life when you were growing up?

out how they have influenced each other. IN THE SECOND

JM: Music was part of our every day lives from a self-entertainment point of view. We sang harmonies driving in the car, doing the dishes, doing impromptu family concerts. I was personally, very influenced by the Maori culture of sing-along with guitars and a very carefree approach to music making. It was all about enjoyment as against excellence. Don’t get me wrong, you were always wanting to sound great. In fact I think the relaxed atmosphere kind of nurtured that in a way.

PART OF THIS SERIES, APRAP SPOKE WITH THREE OF THE MORRIS SIBLINGS - JENNY, SHANLEY DEL AND TAM

> Shanley Del

- AND FATHER AND SON, CEZARY AND JAN SKUBISZEWSKI.

Cezary & Jan Skubiszewski In 2000 they shared the APRA Music Award for their film score for Gregor Jordan’s Two Hands. Cezary Skubiszewski is one of Australia’s most prolific screen composers (The Book of Revelation, Lillian’s Story, After the Deluge). His son Jan, is a renowned hip hop music producer, composer, musician and one half of Jackson Jackson. How do you feel about Jan ‘following in your footsteps’ and becoming songwriter/composer?

To what extent was music (creation and performance) part of your every day family life? CS: Everyone in our immediate family works in arts. My wife Lee is a painter, my daughter Viva is an actress and Jan before moving to music completed a Fine Arts degree at the University of Melbourne. Many of our friends are artists and musicians, so Jan’s role models were definitely from the creative world. I exposed Jan to a very broad range of music and performing arts. JS: Dad always had a studio out the back of the family home. Maybe if he didn’t, we wouldn’t have spent as much time with him as children. Music is a big part of daily family life, it’s part of the fabric of my parent’s home.

What was the experience of collaborating like?

What is the best bit of advice they ever gave you?

CS: Working with Jan on a project is usually seamless as long as he turns up on time! I think that we’re musically compatible; in the past our relationship in a studio was sometimes better than in ‘real life’.

CS: Jan has expanded my ideas about resolution of conflict and forgiveness. He’s got an extraordinary depth of understanding human fragility. If he doesn’t like something I composed, he’d definitely tell me about it.

JS: It’s fun working on songs or compositions together. We both have a lot of ideas and do different things. But we have a strong musical relationship. We have written a lot of music together for all types of projects and we always seem to have a good time.

JS: Try harder. Don’t take the easy road.

> Jenny Morris

SD: Like a lot of families back then we all sang all the time in harmony usually. Not many of us learned an instrument in a serious way. I was in the National Youth Choir the last year they accepted people who couldn’t sight read. I personally feel that not knowing how to read can mean that I unintentionally break rules which can be good. It can also be really frustrating. TM: Mum and Dad always sang and they are both good singers so it’s always been around. I didn’t really give music a real go until I was a teenager but I developed a love for harmony on the long hauls in the car to see our cousins during the holidays. A long haul in New Zealand being anything over half an hour.

CS: It makes life much more interesting if you have passion about anything. Music is Jan’s passion and I’m glad that he’s doing it because I can see he’s got a natural talent.

What was the experience of collaborating like?

How has having a songwriter for a parent influenced your musical development and career?

How has having songwriters as siblings influenced your musical development and career?

JS: My father has influenced me in a lot of ways. There has always been someone to talk to about writing and performing. I suppose his greatest influence has been showing me how to balance music, family and all the other things.

JM: It’s influenced me in a very positive way. I think most great songwriters have made me want to push the  boundaries  in some way or another, but somehow it’s  your  family that you want validation from. Also, I think having Tam and Shanley achieve such credibility made me self correct from a stylistic point of view.

> Jan and Cezary

Compiled by Anthea Sarris, Milly Petriella and Michelle O’Donnell

Jenny Morris, Shanley Del & Tam Morris Jenny Morris, her sister Shanley Del and brother Tam Morris have been singing, writing and performing since they were kids. ARIA award winner Jenny has gold, platinum and double-platinum albums under her belt and has been an APRA Director since 1995. Her sister Shanley is a celebrated, ARIA-awarded, country music songwriter and performer; and younger brother Tam is a songwriter and vocalist with future funk group, Tracky Dax.

SD: Jen gave Chris Murphy a demo I’d made back in NZ which resulted in a publishing and record deal with rooArt and MMA. I wouldn’t have even thought to shop it otherwise. Jenny also employed me to sing backing vocals on an Australian tour which was to be for three months. I left NZ in 1991 to do that and I’ve been in Australia ever since! Thanks for having me by the way! TM: As the youngest of the Morris clan and having much older siblings I was exposed to quality music from the outset. Steely Dan is a family favourite and has influenced my whole writing career. Exposure like that is all thanks to Shanley, Jen and the others. As far as my own songwriting goes I always felt that it was a legitimate thing one could do based on the fact that my siblings did it. The creation of art was part of

JM: Shanley and I haven’t written together but we have sung together a lot, and recorded together. There’s nothing like feeling your sister’s harmonies,  especially when they’re of that calibre. I’ve written a few songs with Tam, most notably “Break in the Weather.” It was principally his song, which was a number 2 hit and he was only 18. I feel very comfortable writing with Tam. He’s so talented and I  trust his taste in things. He has a great deal of confidence and that translates into great individuality and a very open attitude towards pushing the boundaries and also other people’s ideas.  TM: I was 18 and had written this song about reincarnation and the love of your life being an eternal spirit and very earnest stuff like that. I was at Jenny’s one day and casually played it to her. She said she liked it and asked if she could use it. Having no idea what that meant I said she could. The next thing I know Sly and Robbie are laying down the rhythm tracks and this dude Nick Launay is producing and the song becomes a hit. For me collaboration with Jen, and I’m sure it would be the same with Shan, is a challenge in that I don’t want to put my stamp on an emerging work at the expense of what ever ideas Jen might have. This makes me sit back more than I would if I was jamming a new song with my own band. We just haven’t

done it enough for me to get over that feeling. We’re going to do more this year. Yay. What have you learned from them? JM: When we were working on “Break In The Weather”, I was very comfortable with Tam’s idea in the part of the chorus that skips across the beat (the part where its hard to fit in a breath) and I realised that unusual little pieces in pop songs, where it goes against what you’d expect, are quite often what will become hooks. They can become the parts that most define the song. Some of the best times I have songwriting are stumbling across those moments and identifying them  as defining parts. Shanley’s melody and lyric sensibilities are among the best. She’s got that great talent of being able to paint a vivid picture with few words and all to a heartbreakingly beautiful melody. Shan’s song “Your Own Sweet Time” is one of the most beautiful examples of that I’ve ever heard. The hardest thing to achieve is good quality simplicity. SD: All my older sisters have great ears and great taste - luckily - because their music was what Tam and my other younger brother, Rhys and I listened to. The older ones were bringing home Motown, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Carol King, Van Morrison, Steely Dan and heaps more. It all filtered through to us younger ones, shaping our appreciation for a good song. What is the best bit of advice they’ve given you? JM: The most important thing that I get from Shan and Tam is support. We have had discussions about the disposability that exists in our industry. How it has become an industry based on anything BUT excellence in song writing and performance.  That sort of thing can curb your enthusiasm (excuse the pun) if you allow it  to. It really  helps you stay enthused and motivated if the people whose opinions you admire,  like what you’re doing. You feel good going out and unleashing new (and old) material at your performances. You know that there’s a thriving world of music out  there that doesn’t necessarily have any reason for being other than making people feel good. SD: The best thing I’ve ever heard about the music industry was a line from a Tracky Dax song which went: “www dot music industry dot con slash wrists.” Bloody genius if you ask me!! TM: When it comes to creativity I don’t like to be told which way to go. I think the lack of direct advice I have received is testament to the fact that Shan and Jen know and respect this about me. I have paid close attention to their stories of the industry and to their career paths which is kind of tacit advice. Far more valuable. If someone says, “I think you should ...” it really irks me. On the other hand if all the factors are presented for me to observe for myself then the way ahead is always clear. Final word from Shanley… The sharing of music and song within a family (or community) preserves culture for generations like nothing else can.

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> Tam Morris

our family culture way before anyone had success and so I never felt any hesitancy about trying it. Shanley and Jenny have created fantastic music. They have very different approaches which has opened my eyes and contributed to my love of many different musical genres.

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Nature or nurture? Something in the blood … or in the water?

in memorYof...

Our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones. May their work continue to thrive as a lasting legacy of their talent, their spirit and their passion for their art. ougal > Photo by Wendy McD

This issue of Aprap finds us mourning the passing of three doyens of the Australian music industry: Tristram Cary, Smoky Dawson and Jackie Orszazcky.

Tristram Cary pioneered tape music recording techniques during World War II and was responsible for the design of the VCS3 (Putney) synthesiser. The Putney was the world’s first portable synthesiser. It was used by bands such as Pink Floyd on the classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon. Cary founded one of the first electronic music studios in England – the Electronic Music Studios (EMS). Working with Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell, Cary earned EMS a reputation for using technology and experimenting with sound to create a new futuristic electronic sound-scape for post-war Britain. A classically trained composer (he studied composition, piano, horn, viola and conducted in London) Cary is known for his musical credits on the first Dr. Who and the Daleks series. He also produced a large number of concert works and scores for theatre, radio, film, TV and public exhibitions. Cary moved to Australia in 1972 and taught at the University of Adelaide for many years. In 1991 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to music. In 1999 Symphony Australia commissioned a new work - Scenes from a Life - to mark his 75th birthday in 2000. He died in Adelaide at the age of 82.

smoky dawson {1913 – 2008}

{1948 – 2008}

In the weeks following the death of musician and composer Jackie Orszaczky, people most frequently commented on his ability to build a community around music. “… intimacy with his audience was a characteristic of his work, and sustained him,” wrote Paul Chapman.

this philosophy, he played his last gig less than 10 days before he died, to a circle of close friends.

“More than anyone else, Jackie Orszaczky was the hub around which the many-spoked wheel of the Sydney music scene revolved…That a community of musicians could better serve the music, and that the music innately served the needs of the wider community, were central concepts to his philosophy,” wrote John Shand for The Sydney Morning Herald.

He was an in demand session bass player for many Australian stars and appeared on hundreds of Australian recordings. Orszaczky was a wellknown figure in the Australian music industry, having worked with acts including The Whitlams, Grinspoon, You Am I, Hoodoo Gurus, Tim Finn, Savage Garden, Leonardo’s Bride, Nikka Costa, Jon Cleary (UK and US), Renee Geyer and Billy Thorpe.

Music was his life and, he believed, the lifeblood of community. True to

By Kirti Jacobs, APRA|AMCOS Communications

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1948, Orszaczky’s early years were spent studying classical piano and violin. A significant ‘progressive’ rockjazz artist for a generation of young Hungarians, his legendary jazz-rock group Syrius toured Australia in 1971. He emigrated to Australia in 1974.

Affectionately known as Australia’s “first cowboy”, Smokey Dawson also holds the record for being the oldest recording artist in the world. His latest album, Homestead of My Dreams was released in 2005, at the age of 91. Dawson built his reputation with his radio show The Adventures of Smoky Dawson, which was broadcast around Australia from 1952 until the early 1960s. His recording career spanned more than six decades. In 1978 he was awarded an MBE. Lee Kernaghan, speaking on radio shortly after Dawson’s death said of Dawson, “He had the ability to give so much love to so many people. He was a man of generous spirit. People like Smokey are the natural heritage of Australian music. He’ll always be held near and dear in the hearts of many.”

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{1925 – 2008}

JACKIE orszaczky

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Tristram Cary,

> Archie Roach

2008

APRA Music Awards

> Damian Trotter, Daniel Johns, The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, John Anderson

“It’s a serious honour to be recognised by your peers in the music community” Daniel said “Writing songs means everything to me so to receive these awards for the art of songwriting feels particularly special.” Sally Seltmann (aka New Buffalo), was named the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year by the APRA Board of Directors. With her poetic lyrics and dreamy vocals; the sparkling pop soundscapes of her album Somewhere, Anywhere have captured the ear of fans and critics across the world. Sally was also nominated in the Song of the Year category for her joyous pop song “1,2,3,4”, performed by and co-written with Leslie Feist.

> The Audreys and Pete Murray

> Rai Thistlethwayte and Tiaan Williams

Music promoter Michael Coppel paid tribute to the “Adam Gilchrist of artist managers” - Roger Davies - recipient of the 2008 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. As the manager of Aussie supergroup, Sherbet, he helped them become one of the most successful Australian pop acts of the 70s; they were the first Australian artists to sell in excess of 1 million records. Since moving to the US in the late 70s, Roger has managed such stellar performers as Olivia Newton John, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Cher, Joe Cocker and Pink.

> Jade MacRae

> Kram and Sally Seltmann

> IanMoss, Richard Clapton

New to the winners podium in 2008 were Jade MacRae for “In the Basement” in the category of Urban Work of the Year; Troy Cassar Daley and Don Walker for Country Work of the Year, “Everything’s Going to be Alright”; and Kenneth Schroder received the award for Jazz Work of the Year for “Eucalypso” performed by The Moovin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra.

> Daniel Johns

> Bernadette & Justin McCoy, Michelle O’Donnell, Iva Davies, Anthony Williams

Veterans of the APRA Awards returned to collect songwriting honours: dance pop act Rogue Traders won Dance Work of the Year award for “In Love Again” - written by husband and wife team, Melinda and Jamie Appleby in collaboration with PRS members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith; John Butler also received his third APRA Award for “Good Excuse” in the category of Blues and Roots; and rock trio Wolfmother has won the APRA Award for Most Played Australian Work Overseas for the enduring, hi-octane “Woman”. The Awards were once again hosted by the irreverent Jonathan Biggins and featured special performances by Pete Murray and The Audreys, Sally Seltmann, Ian Moss, Kate Miller-Heidke, Custom Kings and Richard Clapton. Guests were also treated to a moving musical tribute to the late Smoky Dawson: Archie Roach and Shane Howard performed his classic work, “Driftin Down the Roper”.

> Photos by David Anderson

> Bob Aird, Jamie & Melinda Appleby, John Anderson

> Rebecca and Roger Davies

> Les Gock, Marcia Hines

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2008 APRA AWARD WINNING SONGWRITERS, COMPOSERS AND PUBLISHERS… Song of The Year: Straight Lines Artist: Silverchair Writers: Daniel Johns*/Julian Hamilton^ Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^ Songwriter of the Year: Daniel Johns Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year: Sally Seltmann EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music: Roger Davies Most Played Australian Work: Straight Lines Artist: Silverchair Writers: Daniel Johns*/Julian Hamilton^ Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^ Dance Work of the Year: In Love Again Artist: Rogue Traders Writers: Jamie Appleby*/Melinda Appleby^/ Roland Orzabal (PRS)#/ Curt Smith (PRS)# Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd* J Albert and Son Pty Ltd (Orient Pacific Music)^ EMI Virgin Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd# Urban Work of the Year: In The Basement Artist: Jade MacRae Writers: Jade MacRae*/Arnthor Birgisson (STIM)^ Publishers: Bell Hughes Music Group Pty Ltd*/Mushroom Music Pty Ltd^ Country Work of the Year: Everything’s Going to be Alright Artist: Troy Cassar-Daley Writers: Troy Cassar-Daley*/Don Walker^ Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^ Blues and Roots Work of the Year: Good Excuse Artist: The John Butler Trio Writer: John Butler Publisher: Family Music Pty Ltd Jazz Work of the Year: Eucalypso Artist: The Moovin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra Writer: Kenneth Schroder Most Played Australian Work Overseas: Woman Artist: Wolfmother Writers: Andrew Stockdale/Myles Heskett/ Christopher Ross

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The 2008 APRA Music Awards capped off a remarkable year for Silverchair’s Daniel Johns who scored the big trifecta at Australian songwriters’ night of nights. “Straight Lines” - written with Julian Hamilton of The Presets - was named the APRA Song of the Year. The song was also declared the Most Played Australian Work and Daniel was also named the APRA Songwriter of the Year for a record third time. This acknowledgement, which recognises his unique songwriting talent, makes him the only songwriter in the history of the APRA Music Awards to receive this award three times.

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History in the making:

APRA will be presenting at the Symposium on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Culture on festivals and protocols with Terri Janke. We will also participate in the inaugural Pacific Arts Forum which will discuss strategies for developing and promoting the creative industries in the Pacific, see further www.pacificartsalliance.com. Effective copyright protection and administration is a key plank in building cultural industries in developing countries.

We are thrilled to be able to announce that the next round of APRA’s Professional Development Awards will be open for submissions in September 2008. Winners will be announced in March 2009.

Songwriters who live in APRA’s Pacific territories such as Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea can join APRA. While we continue to work toward implementing effective national solutions in these countries, Pacific Island songwriters are able to ensure that their rights are effectively administered in Australia, New Zealand and around the world through APRA’s affiliation with foreign collecting societies.

The prize package will include a cash component, instruments and studio time with the specific aim of investing in individuals for educational or skills development purposes. We are also pleased to announce that the 2009 PDAs will see an increase in funding with an expanded range of genres. Further details will be announced closer to the time via Bytes and the APRA|AMCOS website.

S3 Song Summit Sydney As we bade farewell to old friends and colleagues and updated our trusty mobiles with newly acquired contacts, I hope that the wonderful, inspiring, stimulating and, at times, infuriating world of music that was S3 left an indelible mark.

Photo > Jan Kuczerawy

The next Song Summit is planned for 2010 and will continue to be held bi-annually. Keep your eyes on the APRA|AMCOS website for future announcements.

More Royalties Retailers With effect from Distribution 45A ( 1 July 2007 – 30 December 2007) discrete distribution pools have been established in order to pay those works receiving public performances via the major departmental retailers Coles and Big W. This follows on from the tariff review undertaken with retailers over the course of the last three years. Air New Zealand Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment ondemand audio service now forms part of our distribution analysis of that airline. Members can expect a direct distribution of royalties for their works appearing on this service. Pay Television We have expanded the range of Pay TV channels included for distribution analysis, to include SciFi, Showcase, Disney, Disney Playhouse and the Australian Christian Channel. These channels are subject to census (100%) reporting and royalty payments to members will be conditional upon the respective cue-sheets being present in APRA’s database at the time of logging.

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The PDAs enjoy an enviable place in the music prize landscape and have grown to become a highly respected prize offering talented music artists a unique opportunity to develop their songwriting and composition abilities. Designed to invest in the emerging talents of the next generation of songwriters and composers, the PDAs have provided invaluable investment and support to the many APRA members in the early stages of their careers, including: Mia Dyson, Sally Seltmann (New Buffalo), Damian Crosbie (The Panda Band), Tamara O’Brien, Michael Yezerski, Vassy, Mace Francis and Diana Corcoran.

A sincere thank you to all those who took the time to send personal emails, cards and calls about their experience. To our generous speakers, sponsors and supporters, our thanks and to those who completed the survey, thank you. Your opinions are vital in our planning process to ensure that S3 continues to be relevant as an event that is dedicated to song writing and composition.

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APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs)

Photo > Jan Kuczerawy

While there is a strong copyright awareness in Samoa, PNG is currently the most advanced in their efforts to establish collective administration. The talks in Port Moresby focused on the proposed framework for establishing local collective management organisations (CMO) to represent the various right holder groups. APRA has been working with PNG composers to create an awareness of the various rights granted to them under their

APRA is also attending the 10th Biennial Pacific Arts Festival to be held in America Samoa at the end of July, see www.festival-pacific-arts.org. The Festival of Pacific Arts attracts artists and delegates from 27 Pacific nations and features performances, presentations, forums and advocacy events during its 10 day program. The 30-strong Australian delegation will be lead by the Australia Council for the Arts.

By Scot Morris Director International Relations APRA|AMCOS

Developing countries in the Pacific are now enacting intellectual property laws as part of their obligations under the World Trade Organisation Agreement. Copyright laws are developed with the assistance of WIPO, which has put forward model laws that also address concerns about the protection of traditional cultural expressions. Tonga has drafted (but not yet passed) their Copyright Act, whereas Samoa and PNG have both enacted legislation that provides protection for rights owners in their countries.

national law and has commenced licensing local broadcasters. APRA has also developed “CMS Pacific” - an online documentation and distribution solution for music copyright administration in the small markets of these territories.

International Notes

In April this year APRA joined a delegation from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Japan Copyright Office to participate as part of a roving seminar on copyright and neighbouring rights. The roving seminar visited some of APRA’s South Pacific territories, namely Tonga, Samoa and Papua New Guinea where discussions centred on the fundamentals of copyright, the impact of technology on rights holders and the role that local governments are playing in establishing effective rights administration in their territories. All sessions were well attended by the various stakeholder groups which included composers, authors, producers, broadcasters and government officials.

By Sally Howland Director Member Services APRA|AMCOS

> WIPO National Workshop

> Michelle O’Donnell. Photo by Jan Kuczerawy

Local Melbourne composer AL HARDING has completed the underscore and main theme music for the new Channel Nine drama Canal Road. The 13 one-hour episode series revolves around the lives of those who work in an inner city Melbourne medical-legal centre. Al explains that the producers were keen to create a show that was also proudly, “Melbourne-centric”; with regular aerial shots of the city landscape and other famous Melbourne landmarks.

> Al Harding

Musically, the series presented a real challenge for Al, as Producer Susan Bower required original music ranging from dark and brooding sound-design, through to salsa, dance, and mostly a “Radiohead meets Tricky” kind of production. Al is now completing a short animation film with director Julia Bourke entitled Glossy, as well as delivering his usual supply of TVC soundtracks, including Mazda, Cadbury, Mitsubishi and Medibank www. ultrasound6.com

> Red Po ppy

VICKI HANSEN has been contracted this year as resident composer for SBS current affairs program Dateline, hosted by George Negus on SBS, Wednesday nights 8.30pm. Dateline was looking for original music to replace library music (used for 25 years of the program’s running). Dateline has been sold to numerous overseas networks including CNN as well as other cable channels. JUSTIN McCOY is halfway through a 25 part series called Travel Oz produced for the ABC by Grainger TV. The series is currently going out on the Asia-Pacific network, and debuted as a weekly show on ABC 1 in April. Justin has also just commenced 24 related interstitials for the ABC. In conjunction with BERNADETTE McCOY he is now into the fourth year of producing a bi-monthly CD of original stories and songs to accompany the pre-schoolers’ ACP magazine Little Friends. www.hattrickmusic.com.au

MICHAEL YEZERSKI scored the music for the feature film Newcastle, featuring Shane Jacobsen (of Kenny fame) and the iconic Barry Otto, and written and directed by Dan Castle. Revolving around Jesse, a 17-year-old surfer who treads the line between success and self-destruction, Newcastle saturates the senses with magnificent surfing footage and absorbs viewers in the fresh loves and personal tragedies of Jesse and his mates. Michael also composed the music for The Black Balloon, which was released earlier this year; it was co-written and directed by Elissa Down and features Toni Colette and Gemma Ward. NICOLETTE BOAZ has composed the music for a TV hour and a feature length version of The Burning Season. The eco thriller follows the lives of an Indonesian farmer who must chop down rainforests to grow palm trees for oil; the ex combatant governor of Aceh; a Danish woman attempting to save orangutans; and a young Australian entrepreneur who sees a business opportunity that could help to fight climate change. The Burning Season is an ABC, BBC, CBC (Canada) and National Geographic co- production.

> Bernadette and Justin McCoy with APRA’s Michelle O’Donnell

Network Seven Executive Producer Andy Kay was also enthusiastic about the idea and on one of his regular visits to Beijing set up a meeting with the group and visited their rehearsal studio outside of Beijing and was literally “blown away” not only by their skill but also the “intensity and  sheer volume” of their performance. That was the start of it...

June 2007 By Michelle O’Donnell Manager - Film & TV Writers APRA|AMCOS

I had started work on the first demo of the Beijing Olympic theme for Network Seven. What I needed to demonstrate to Andy and the network with this first demo was the ability to come up with a theme that featured the drumming of Red Poppy but at the same time also delivered a strong melodic theme.

Red Poppy’s repertoire is largely percussion and as much as Seven liked the idea they remained a little skeptical as to how this could be turned into an anthem so my challenge was to figure out how I could retain the complex nature of Red Poppy’s percussion performance  and combine it with a large orchestral backing that wouldn’t overshadow them. Traditionally of course percussion tends to support and underpin rather then feature. My audio engineer, Michael Letho, and I spent a day cutting up dozens of short percussion patterns from one of the tracks on the DVD, a famous traditional Chinese percussion piece “Flying Dragon and Jumping Tiger” and then converting them into wave files and conforming them into native Giga3 files for use in Giga Studio 3. I started with a rough new percussion arrangement and from there built up the orchestral arrangement focusing on the melodic elements, as well as using traditional Chinese instruments like the Erhu (a twostringed violin), San Xuan (Chinese guitar) and Chinese temple flute.

On hearing this first rough demo Andy Kay was delighted and felt comfortable going ahead with the idea of using Red Poppy.

February 2008 Rather then going to Beijing to record Red Poppy it was decided that it would be easier to bring the troupe to Sydney for recording. By this stage the network  had also decided to integrate visual footage of Red Poppy into the Opening Title Sequence which would be shot over several days to playback in front of a “green screen”. So after nearly four years since the initial idea, Red Poppy - consisting of seven percussionists, a drum technician and most importantly the group’s manager (the only English speaking member of the group) - touched down in Sydney.

Percussion parts had been prepared and sent to China two weeks earlier and recording took place at Trackdown Scoring Stage. This was followed by a 50 piece orchestra session contracted by Hartl Music with orchestrations and conducting by Daryl McKenzie and recording duties handled by Michael Letho. The recording went extremely smoothly and it was probably one of the most exciting recording sessions I have attended. The skill and work ethic of Red Poppy  was  phenomenal  and was equally matched by the orchestra later that afternoon. Editing and final mixes were completed in Melbourne over the next several days.

8 August 2008 Beijing Olympic Theme will premiere on Network Seven!

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> Michael Yezerski

BENJAMIN SPEED is about to work on an animated short film called The Cat Piano produced by The People’s Republic of Animation www.thepra.com.au. It involves Benjamin composing music with a beat poem performed by NICK CAVE. Details and images of the film are at catpianofilm.blogspot.com

When I was recording the Athens Olympic Theme in 2004 a conversation with a fellow musician about the Beijing Olympics resulted in me getting a lend of a DVD featuring a live performance by Red Poppy, a Chinese  percussion  group. As soon as I had seen the DVD I knew that I wanted to use this group of incredibly talented young female percussionists.

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January 2004

Publisher news Compiled by Mark Eades, Anthea Sarris and Allison Gumbleton.

> Photos from L-R: Kasey Chambers and Michael Gudinski. Gyroscope and Michael Gudinski. Robert Forster. Jimmy Barnes and John Anderson. New Buffalo. The Potbelleez. Shane Simpson.

Contributions are welcome and should be emailed to asarris@apra.com.au. Deadline for the December 2008 edition is Friday 17 October 2008.

Native Tongue Music Publishing

In the past months, Mushroom Music have celebrated two #1 ARIA debut albums with recently re-signed anthemic rockers Gyroscope (Breed Obsession), and new acquisition Kasey Chambers (Rattlin’ Bones). Mushroom are proud to be supporting the illustrious careers of these well-established local acts while focusing on the development of promising new youth signings, including Melbourne duo Dash & Will, Brisbane neogrunge outfit Violent Soho and female funk and R&B crew Paris Wells. Recent direct international signings include The Shins, Silversun Pickups and top pop songwriter/producer Stuart Crichton, in addition deal extensions for surf roots icons Jack Johnson and Matt Costa.

Also on board are Scottish brothers Jim & William Reid, best known for their work as The Jesus & Mary Chain, UK folk artist Martha Tilston, US based Charlotte Martin who has co-written with Ben Lee and Wellington songwriter Grayson Gilmour. Native Tongue now represents all songs written by The Datsuns with their 4th studio album, Talk Talk Talk, to be released in Australia and New Zealand later this year. Cut Off Your Hands have completed their debut album in London with producer Bernard Butler (Duffy, The Libertines), set for October release. Also set to release new albums are New Zealand acts Exiles and Sola Rosa. Licensing includes Pitch Black in new HBO drama True Blood, The Black Seeds in Vans and Red Bull movies as well as new US TV series Eli Stone, The Brunettes “B-A-B-Y” in The L Word and as the new season promo music for UK series Hollyoaks.

EMI Music Publishing Australia EMI Music is proud to welcome their newest signing Sally Seltmann, previously known as New Buffalo. Beginning her career as an independent artist Seltmann set up her own recording studio to which she recorded her debut album The Last Beautiful Day. She has acclaimed international success co-writing the song “1,2,3,4” with Canadian singer/songwriter Feist. The song featured in advertising campaigns for the iPod Nano and Ebay Australia.

a triple j unearthed artist Kell takes inspiration from traditional folk music as she creates her own unique blues and roots sounds. She released her debut album in May. EMI Music Publishing recently presented Jimmy Barnes with a plaque to honour their successful 20 year association. Jimmy Barnes began his career in the iconic Australian band Cold Chisel before going solo in the mid 1980’s and has an extensive catalogue of hit songs ranging from early hits such as “Daylight”, “No Second Prize” and “I’m Still on Your Side” to “Out In The Blue” and “When Two Hearts Collide” from his latest album.

Shock Music Publishing Shock Music Publishing have now officially taken over the administration of one of the most exciting independent music catalogues in the world. Bug Music, represented by Shock Music Publishing for Australia & NZ, have acquired the renowned Windswept Music and Trio/Quartet catalogs, bringing to a total of some 250,000 copyrights which include such gems as “Fever”, “What a Wonderful World” and “I Walk the Line”. The new entity will be called Bug/Windswept and also include the estates of such esteemed musical luminaries as Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. In keeping with that tradition, Bug/Windswept also represents some of today’s modern musical masters, such as Pete Townsend, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams and Jamie Foxx. Windswept was formerly represented by EMI Music Publishing. Shock Music is ecstatic to announce their newest signings, Bec Willis and Kell Stoner. Bec’s self titled debut album, produced by Kasey Chambers and Bill Chambers, is a poetic offering delving into a life characterised by struggle. Originally

SMP venture into their first music supervision role with a contract with Southern Star Endemol to supply 100% of the music (publishing & masters) for the 2008 season of Big Brother.

Universal Music Publishing Group Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a world-wide co-publishing agreement with Sydney-based dance company MCDJ Music. The Potbelleez are the first outfit to be included in the deal with their top 10 ARIA single “Don’t Hold Back” already gaining much international exposure and support. “This deal represents a perfect marriage for both companies, MCDJ will provide a boutique, specialised home for Australian dance song-writers and UMPG will provide our global creative and administrative muscle. We are genuinely excited about what we will be able to achieve together,” commented Heath Johns, Head of A&R, UMPG Australia.

Fogsongs So far this year Fogsongs have signed writer / performer Michael Peter from NSW Central Coast - already receiving airplay on triple j from his EP produced by Michael Carpenter and currently on tour in WA, SA and VIC the deal will fund Michael’s first full length album recording in November for a 2009 release. Dexter Moore (NSW) signed earlier in the year and is a Top 5 Artist on the alternate internet world of Second Life where he performs up to six shows a week, Dex is also a producer and arranger, his live album

recorded and simulcast to second life is currently in manufacture. Mark Cashin also signed recently has a current album Bed of Light (MGM) produced by Simon Tonks and has been touring his live band through NSW and Queensland, he also writes for a local rock band in his home town. In licensing news, Fogsongs has just completed negotiating for top writer Rosie Burgess with Fairwood Music in Spain. In addition, Van Sereno’s track “Little Bonsai” appeared in the US drama Bigshots late last year licensed by Blue Buddha Ent in Los Angeles.

Music Sales The Music Sales Group is excited to announce its newest signing George Palmer to its G. Schirmer group. The Supreme Court Judge and composer has been commissioned to compose for the World Youth Day Mass led by Pope Benedict XVI. Success as a classical composer has only been recent for Palmer with his first composition performed in 2003. Since then he has released two albums and is working on several commissions to be played by wellknown ensembles throughout Australia. Entertainment lawyer and Music Business author, Shane Simpson, spoke to capacity audiences of film and TV composers about the business of music in New Zealand last month. The seminars, which were held in Auckland and Wellington, were organised by APRA’s New Zealand office and Music Business publisher Norm Lurie, from Music Sales. Norm Lurie said, “Music Business is now mandatory reading for music students in colleges throughout Australia and now New Zealand colleges are adding the book to their compulsory reading list.” Music Sales, to keep up with the demand for music business books, will be releasing two more books in the

series: Establishing a Music & Entertainment Business; and Budgeting & Bookkeeping for Music Venture, early next year.

Sheet Music Direct: Challenging illegal users Music Sales Australia has now expanded their online businesses with a new website Sheet Music Direct www.sheetmusicdirect. com.au (SMD) featuring 30,000 songs. Utilising Sibelius software sheetmusicdirect enables the end user to change the key and the tempo of the arrangement and then to hear it played back before purchasing. Norm Lurie, Managing Director Music Sales said, “Illegal print websites, well-meaning or not, offer no income to writers and this model will offer a further income stream to writers and publishers alike.” Music Sales is working with the Australian Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Society Limited (AMCOS) on a strategic campaign designed to target and methodically shutdown illegal print music sites. Norm Lurie, “Retailers have been quick to adopt SMD and we have now signed up close to 100 dealers since January this year. “This new service we believe is a winner for all concerned. The customer gets the product they want, retailers can quickly service orders for hot new singles, and songwriters and publishers are guaranteed their royalties.” Now that the site is fully operational and retailers are on board, Music Sales is adding music previously unavailable in print in all formats from PVG to TAB.

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Mushroom Music

Native Tongue welcomes prolific songwriter Will Oldham to its roster. Will Oldham has recorded and released under various monikers including The Palace Brothers and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. In addition are iconic Australian songwriters Robert Forster and the late Grant McLennan. Robert Forster’s critically acclaimed new album The Evangelist is out now.

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Mushroom Music and All Music Publishing and Distribution (AMPD) have joined forces providing an important connection between two of the industry’s leading independent music publishers. Mushroom Music is a well established music publisher holding significant links with other prominent independent publishers across the globe. With AMPD as Australia’s largest print music publisher the union of the two companies is an exciting new development for independent Australian publishers. The Managing Director of Mushroom Music is keen to discuss new ideas with AMPD including artist album folios, new song folio offers, multi-media product and print music digital downloads. Likewise AMPD is ready to take full advantage of the Mushroom catalogue, taking its content into the print publishing world.

Compiled by Chris Moller

Contributions should be emailed to whatshappening@apra.com.au. Deadline for the December 2008 edition is Friday 17 October 2008.

> The Holy Sea > Captain Nemo

The power of Midnight Oil’s rhythm section is legendary, as is the unique groove of the original Counting Crows line up. Oil’s bassist Bones Hillman, Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman have teamed with veteran Australian ex-pat producer/ guitarist Mark Moffatt to form SONS OF SOUND, a creative co-operative/recording team based in Nashville. Brisbane  musical collective MR RASCAL will release their debut album A Pocket full of Smoke in early July. Lead by Brisbane songwriter Christian Duell, the album is the result of a year’s worth of demo-ing, recording, mixing and mastering; bringing together  over  a dozen of Brisbane’s best independent musicians. The album, as well as the debut single “Let it Roll”, are available from all good independent record stores and on iTunes. www.myspace.com/misterrascal

> Mr Rascal

Jazz composer MARK WHITTY recently launched his jazz book Fine Tunes at St Kilda Library. The launch featured live jazz, along with noted guest speakers. The book can be ordered from Fine Tunes Music Australia cdbaby.com/cd/whitty4 Alternatively a paper order form can be downloaded from www.pmi.net.au/linked_docs/OrderFormFT.pdf The long (38 year!) wait for the KING FOX un-released album ended recently when Du Monde Records finally released the (un)forgotten album called 70207. The launch took place at the Lane Cove Club in Sydney and was hosted by Donnie Sutherland. All members of King Fox were present at the launch. The album is available on Du Monde Records Australia: www.ozrecords.com.au plus selected retailers. For phone orders and general queries please contact Martin Erdman from Du Monde Records Australia (02) 9437 3323

> Mark Whitty

After four weeks in the Top 10 on the iTunes Blues/Roots Albums Chart, PAUL GREENE’S new album Distance Over Time recently crept to the #1 spot. The album is a phenomenal showcase for Paul Greene’s songwriting skills, justifying the many critics who regard him as one of Australian music’s best-kept secrets. Greene has taken a staunchly independent path, selling nearly 30,000 albums locally. He has played countless festivals, bar rooms and concert halls across Australia and recently toured with Grammy winning U.S singer/songwriter Patty Griffin and platinum selling country rocker Adam Brand.  Distance Over Time is out now on Whirl Records through Destra/Compass Bros Distribution. www.paul-greene.com Yes it’s true…. Rock fans everywhere rejoice…. After car accidents, subsequent physical rehabilitation, and legal disputes due to a variety of tensions boiling over, the classic and most loved combination of THE ANGELS are together again! Alberts Music and Sony BMG will be re-releasing a series of classic Angels albums including the re-mastered 30th Anniversary edition of Face to Face and The Angels ‘08 Tour EP featuring the previously unreleased song “Open That Door”, a live version of “Who Rings the Bell” plus exclusive bonus tracks. www.theangelsband.net

Award winning independent songwriter JOHN HARLEY WESTON recently launched his new album Welcome Back to Reality as part of the Cancer Council’s ‘Relay for Life’ benefit at Evandale Lakes, donating 20% of all sales on the day to the charity. John’s hook-driven, laidback, acoustic guitarbased rock obviously strikes a chord with many a listener and can be heard on the airwaves via current radio single “What Do You Want From Me”, which is available right now from iTunes, most other digital download websites, as well as www.johnharleyweston.com. Sydney based singer/songwriter GEOFF YULE SMITH has recently released his debut album Volume 1: The Best Things in Life. This commercial pop-rock album continues to get increasing radio airplay on both community and commercial stations, including Radio 2AC (Chinese Radio Australia) which has been playing the album track “Chinese Boogie”. The album is available via iTunes and is also available in retail stores nationally through MGM Distribution. Geoff and his band can be found performing quite regularly throughout suburban Sydney, and plan to take the show on the road for a national tour later this year. www. myspace.com/geoffyulesmithandband It’s been non-stop for Melbourne’s LATE NITE ACCESS since heading overseas at the end of February for their fourth independent international tour with showcases at Canadian Music Week, SXSW, New York City, and L.A kicking off the tour. With the continued support of LA’s biggest rock station KROQ, Late Nite Access’s debut album Kid in a Candy Store is well and truly making an impact. Keep an ear out for first single “Pretty Little Face”. www.myspace.com/lateniteaccess

Sydney band CAPTAIN NEMO have just finished recording their debut album, Pendant, in the sleepy coastal township of Clifton in the local community hall. Featuring members of groups past and present such as: Further, Tweezer, Ukiyo-e, Hateman, Lustre 4, & Charge Group, the Captain Nemo folk know their way around a melancholy tune or two. The album will be released soon on Wreck & Ruin Records, iTunes and eMusic. www.myspace.com/captainnemo Australia’s favourite music collective THE GIN CLUB have recently returned from LA’s Musexpo Conference and are back on the road with a whole bunch of dates promoting their critically acclaimed new double platter Junk. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/ theginclub for details. THE HOLY SEA are proud to announce the release of their new album A Beginner’s Guide to the Sea. Exploring the time-honoured themes of love, death and alcohol, the album balances rollicking drinking songs, with heartfelt longing. Engineered and produced by Dave McCluney (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/Kim Salmon), The Holy Sea recently embarked on a national tour to launch the album. www.theholysea.com.au THE VIOLENT FLAMES are a fourpiece rock band hailing from Perth who originally met in high school and have gone on to accumulate a solid repertoire of infectious, melodious songs which has seen them solidly gigging for a number of years. Recently scoring the much coveted Bon Jovi support at Subiaco Oval after winning a public-voted radio competition led by 96FM, the band played to over 25,000 punters and had their song “Come On”, from their EP, Sun City Stadium added to high-rotation. This debut EP was recorded and produced by Rodney Aravena (End of Fashion) and Andy Lawson (The Avenues). www.myspace.com/thevioletflames

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> Paul Greene

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The Art of Men produced by GILLI MOON and her Warrior Girl Music, celebrates talented male artists from around the world, delivering songs in a tapestry of different genres & styles of music dedicated to messages empowering human equality, communication and vitality. The compilation series is associated with the already critically acclaimed Females On Fire series. Retail distribution includes direct sales through the Warrior Girl Music Store and distributors in the U.S, Canada and Australia. See www.artofmencd.com for more details.

> Gin Club

AVALON DRIVE have spent the better part of a year writing and recording their debut album and have signed a recording deal with SonyBMG Records Australia. The signing comes after the band had been selected by media panelist and MTV Talent/Artist Relations Manager, Colin Blake for the national uncharTED competition. The band shacked up in a Gold Coast studio to write and record with producer Matt Bartlem. Avalon Drive will release the first single from the forthcoming album mid-year. www.avalondrive.com

it’s business time

> Flight of the Conchords

There are billboards of them up all over Los Angeles and New York, ESPN have adopted their phrases and use them in their sports commentary, major US newspapers have interviewed them and reviewed their shows, they get mobbed after their ‘beyond sold out’ performances… The band that hasn’t even had a hit single, have debuted #3 in the US pop chart, reached #1 on the US Digital chart and has won a Grammy…

Australasian Music Industry Directory: 20 years of keeping us connected & informed By Allison Gumbleton, APRA|AMCOS Communications > AustralAsian Music Directory’s Phil Tripp

Twenty years of hard work and dedication has paid off for music biz publicist and industry commentator Phil Tripp. In March this year, Tripp released the 40th edition of the AustralAsian Music Directory – a guide to who’s who for the music industry.

Wellington’s “4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funkcomedy folk duo” Flight of the Conchords, have conquered America and by doing so have become New Zealand’s most successful band.

“While we’ve always documented the Who’s Who of the industry with current, correct and comprehensive contacts listings, because we have so many aspirant musicians and songwriters who use our AMID, this issue we put in a special 20 page section packed with advice as well as tips from top pros scattered through the section,” Tripp explains.

Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement (musician/funnyman and funnyman/ musician, respectively) started crafting their unique, two-man comedy concoction in 2002. Following repeat visits to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, self-releasing their debut album Folk The World, a six-part BBC Radio 2 broadcast series, and a record deal with Sub Pop Records, in 2006 US television powerhouse HBO offered Bret and Jemaine their own series.

January 1988 saw the launch of the first edition of the directory at the MIDEM Music Trade Fair. Kickstarted by Austrade with a $10,000 grant it is the only music directory of its kind. The publication is released twice a year and contains 5000 companies in over 70 different categories including artists, producers, venues, publishers, labels and lawyers. In addition to its original print edition, IMMEDIA has transformed the directory into an online resource even allowing subscribers to download to their iPods and mobile phones: visit www.immedia.com.au/amid

Flight of the Conchords, the show, premiered in June 2007 and has won a devoted following in the US. The show is set in New York, where their bumbling bid for stardom is met with apathy by club owners and the public. Earlier this year, Flight of the Conchords won the comedy Grammy for their EP The Distant Future. Their second Sub Pop release a self titled full album scored a stunning #3 debut in early May on the US Pop charts; the following week it was confirmed as the #1 album downloaded in the US. The new album’s chart performance easily sets a new record for a New Zealand act, surpassing the No. 12 peak for pop-rock trio Crowded House’s self-titled 1986 debut. Neil Finn reacted to the news with congratulations to the duo, but having held the honour for over two decades is considering a management change. As he told the New Zealand Herald: “That’s fantastic, our big best wishes to them. Great songs, good humour, sex appeal - they’ve got it all. But actually I give full credit to management; Murray really knows what’s going on.” Finn admitted. “We might have to give him a call.”

For the past two decades, the Directory has been the only industry sourcebook, with no competitors. It is a vital reference tool and has stood the test of time during a period of tumultuous change for the music industry. It has generated an astounding $15 million in advertising and sales revenue since it first began, expanding from a mere 100 page publication to a full 220 page listing. It has also spawned a 15 year biennial music conference, business books retailing and trade fair representation for SxSW.

Compiled by Ant Healey, Director APRA NZ and Abbie Rutledge, Communications & Events Coordinator APRA NZ

SPECIAL OFFER FOR APRA MEMBERS!

Order your copy of this essential music industry resource today! Normally $50, APRA Members get in quick to order your copy of the 40th edition for just $33 (including gst and shipping). Simply quote your APRA membership number when you contact IMMEDIA on 02 9557 7766 or email admin@immedia.com.au.

Murray, the pair’s hopeless manager moonlighting from his job at the New Zealand consulate is played on the show by Auckland comedian Rhys Darby who has his own song - Leggy Blonde - on the hit album. Finn appeared as himself on the duo’s 2005 BBC Radio series, on episodes where he was pestered for advice by Murray.

By Rob Collins, National Indigenous & NT Writer Services Representative APRA|AMCOS > Caption: Scribe and Wyclef Jean. Photo by www.back2basics.co.nz

SCRIBE RECORDS WITH WYCLEF JEAN...

In May 2008, Jamaica’s finest touched down in the Northern Territory to embark on a series of performances and workshops in remote Aboriginal communities. Multi-award winning reggae artist Luciano, veteran Jamaican music producer Jack Scorpio, and British-born Mikey General (one of reggae’s most exciting talents) wooed the reggae faithful in Darwin, Maningrida and Yuendumu. The stars were in the Northern Territory to perform as part of Roots Nation 2008, hosted by the NT School of Music, Terresphere Productions and proudly supported by APRA. Roots Nation featured roots and reggae from around the world, and included performances in Melbourne and Sydney. The trio was also supported by local acts including Maningrida’s Wild Water and Australia’s own Indigenous reggae star, Bart Willoughby, front man of the legendary No Fixed Address and Mixed Relations.

On the red carpet the Australian MTV Awards earlier this year, Scribe got a tap on the shoulder: “Wyclef wants to meet you”. Apparently the former Fugee and hip hop icon had heard of Scribe and wanted to catch up. Scribe went on to win the MTV NZ Artist Award that night and the very next day he found himself in the studio – this from Back2Basics editor DJ Servere:

During their visit to the Aboriginal community of Maningrida (500km east of Darwin), the trio met with young Indigenous school students to workshop songwriting and performance techniques and to further develop their musical aspirations. Being able to discuss music with leading international reggae stars was a once in a lifetime experience for the students. NT Music School’s Assistant Principal, Brian Manning, said:

“By 8pm Sunday we were in the Sydney SonyBMG studio chilling with Wyclef, Eve, Jerry Wonder, and some industry peoples. Wyclef was working on this wicked new Estelle joint, and then got Scribe in the booth to lace the Australasian remix alongside a Lupe Fiasco verse.”

“It’s an opportunity that was eagerly taken up by the music students and community. We had around 35-40 students attend the workshop in Maningrida, and the guys were fantastic role models; they had a wealth of knowledge and experience that they happily shared with the students. It was really inspirational”.

You can check out the recording session on YouTube, and keep an ear out for Scribe on a forthcoming remix for Wyclef’s current single, “Fast Car”. > L-R: Airi Ingram, Jack Scorpio, Mikey General, Luciano

The NT tour also took them to Darwin’s Don Dale Detention Centre, a correctional facility for NT Youth. For Luciano, good works are not confined to just music, as he is a firm believer that he should be a positive role model, the effect of which was seen in the 12 music students at the centre who met with the Jamaican stars.

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Bret and Jermaine are currently writing (and songwriting) for their second HBO season due at the end of the year.

The exposure led to an invitation for Small Mercies to perform at the star studded 2008 Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge in New York, an event showcasing songwriters to international filmmakers and talent scouts. Add to the mix performances with The Goo Goo Dolls in LA, and a slot at the prestigious 2008 Musexpo conference in Hollywood, and Small Mercies’ star is definitely on the rise!

Underground success story Wolf and Cub are another Australian export exciting the music scene worldwide. Adelaide locals Joel Byrne, Adam Edwards, Thomas Mayhew and Joel Carey got together in 2002 and created a must-see live act, using two drummers to fuel their rhythm. Releasing a self titled debut EP in 2004 and impressing with their sophomore offering Steal Their Gold a year later, Wolf and Cub were signed by legendary UK label 4AD. Tours of Japan and the UK followed, with strong support from influential London DJs and the UK indie music press. Accolades continued with Wolf and Cub winning the

With their unique, alternative country sound – taking inspiration from Tom Waits and Wilco – Huckleberry Swedes are a deft live act; renowned for playing with empathy and dynamics but also capable of rocking out. In 2006 they released their debut EP, Hair Trigger, and toured the country will Bill Chambers. They are now putting the finishing touches to their latest album, recorded with Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) and due for release later this year.

The Beautiful Girls

The Award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA membership representative and compliance officer, who worked tirelessly to support and encourage South Australian songwriters and composers. The Award was established following her tragic, accidental death in 2000.

> Huckleberry Swedes

Songwriter Mat McHugh has given his band, The Beautiful Girls, a complete makeover: a new sound and new line up - with childhood buddy Bruce Braybrooke on drums and Paulie B on bass. Forgotten are the dramas of September 2006, when visa problems saw The Beautiful Girls denied entry to the USA. With their tour schedule shattered, the band members went their separate ways; McHugh returning to Sydney alone. However, from the ashes of this apparent disaster has sprung latest album Ziggurats, and with it, renewed success. Building on a grassroots live following The Beautiful Girls have embarked on a rigorous schedule of dates across Europe and completed their first ever national headlining tour of the US, taking in 22 cites plus stops in Canada. Helping build their profile is a licensing deal with Ford who uses the band’s music in their current US TV campaign. Dates on the 2008 summer festival circuit have included Winnipeg in Canada, Rothbury in the US, plus the huge Hurricane festival in Germany, playing alongside Xavier Rudd and Operator Please, amongst other Aussie bands who are going global!

Wolf & Cub

The $4,000 Award is sponsored by the APRA and is awarded each year to recognise and further the professional development of emerging original music artists or bands. Previous winners have included Mere Theory (2006), Pharaohs (2005), Foreshore (2004), Special Patrol (2003), Hilltop Hoods (2002) and Gone to Earth (2001).

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Their debut album Beautiful Hum, was recorded with Wallace in LA, in late 2006. The band’s profile received a massive boost when their first single “Innocent” was used in promos for hit TV series Prison Break. “Innocent” scored a 2007 ARIA nomination, with other album tracks including “Almost Perfect” and “Don’t You Know Who I Am” appearing in local TV productions.

With reputations for strong live performance Small Mercies, Wolf & Cub and The Beautiful Girls have done the hard yards, each finding a different trajectory into the global music market!

Adelaide band, Huckleberry Swedes – Troy Loakes, Mark Elberg, Sam Willoughby, Richard Coates and BJ Barker have been awarded the Emily Burrows Award. The band was presented with their award at the 2008 Fuse Festival.

keep an eye on…

Simon Shapiro APRA member since 1996. simonshapiro.com.au

2006 QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award for music, netting $5000 prize money plus airline tickets. Their debut album, Vessels, recorded in Adelaide and mixed in Glasgow, was unleashed internationally by 4AD in early 2007. A world tour with fellow wolfies, Wolfmother, followed. After returning to the UK for a headlining club tour, the band hit Texas, playing at the 2007 SxSW Aussie BBQ, alongside You Am I and The Hoodoo Gurus. Signing a deal earlier this year with worldwide music publishers Domino, Wolf & Cub will release their second album soon, with more blistering tracks to keep their international fan base pumped.

Winning both the APRA Songwriters Award at Musicoz and the ASA Songwriter of the Year award just a couple of months apart, has created a significant wave of momentum for Simon Shapiro on the eve of his debut release.

The song “What A Day” is pleasantly ironic for Simon. Altlhough originally written about things not working out too well, it has brought about a lot of good for him. It also justified the work that producer Lindsay Rimes put into the recording.

The prize Simon received from APRA for winning the Australian Songwriters Association’s major award took a lot of the financial stress out of his independently released album Between The Noise. The winning song “Anything To Anyone” has since received airplay here and in the US.

“There is a very real edge of credibility that comes with winning a national award for songwriting, and I’ve found that some of the doors I’d previously been pounding on to no avail have suddenly opened,” says Simon.

According to Simon: “The Musicoz experience was fantastic. It’s a great event that is growing in stature every year. Receiving the APRA Songwriters Award was particularly pleasing because it’s not a category you can enter. The judges nominate you. That’s a huge buzz for me, as I know a lot of great songs were eligible.”

“Industry recognition is priceless, and it has definitely helped me garner support in numerous ways. I’ve performed in festivals here and in the USA based on winning these awards, been able to get some great press, which has helped to increase my fan base.”

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A breakthrough via MySpace has landed Brisbane rockers Small Mercies a hot shot producer, a debut album and TV sync deals. Vocalist Steve Blaik, guitarist Danny Procopis and drummer Marty O’Brien first got together at high school – bassist Jeff Reeves joining later. After 10 years of writing and touring locally, a batch of demos on the band’s MySpace caught the attention of US rock hit maker, Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5). He liked what he heard and left a note, asking if Small Mercies happened to be in the market for a producer – the rest is history!

By Kathy Grant, Manager International Distribution APRA|AMCOS

going global

Small Mercies

Huckleberry Swedes win Emily Burrows Award

Some people are born to perform. Zoe Fleury, or more accurately, Bionic Pixie is one of them. Sitting in the audience at The Fox & Lion, preparing to take to the stage as part of the NZ Showcase at S3, she made her final preparations for her first-ever gig as Bionic Pixie.

She applied a final lick of gloss, adjusted the silver tassels of her outfit then stepped onto the stage, stood behind the mic and bowed her head for the start of her show.

The nervous, sweet young Zoe was replaced (or possessed) by the charismatic and hypnotic Bionic Pixie, delivering her unique blend of electro-pop, hip hop, dance and punk.

And everyone – punters and bar staff – stopped talking and just watched, utterly mesmerised.

The inaugural Song Summit Sydney featured many brilliant performances by legends such as Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, international stars James Mercer (The Shins) and Sandi Thom as well emerging Australian talents Gurrumul, Lowrider and Sparkadia. But for me, it was Bionic Pixie’s first ever performance that stood out from them all.

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By Anthea Sarris, Communications Manager APRA|AMCOS

And then it happened.

APRA is an association of composers, authors and publishers of music in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific having affiliations with similarly constituted organisations around the world. Writer directors: Arthur Baysting [New Zealand], Eric McCusker, Richard Meale LLD AM MBE, Jenny Morris, Chris Neal, Michael Perjanik [Chairman] Publisher directors: Robert Aird Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Ltd, John Anderson EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, Ian James Mushroom Music Pty Ltd, Matthew Capper Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, Fifa Riccobono J Albert & Son, Damian Trotter Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chief Executive: Brett Cottle LLB Director of NZ Operations: Anthony Healey Registered Office: 6-12 Atchison Street St Leonards NSW 2065 Telephone: (02) 9935 7900 Facsimile: (02) 9935 7999 Email: apra@apra.com. au Internet: www.apra.com.au Branches: VICTORIA 3-5 Sanders Place Richmond VIC 3121 Telephone: (03) 9426 5200 Facsimile: (03) 9426 5211 QUEENSLAND 3 Winn Street Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Telephone: (07) 3257 1007 Facsimile (07) 3257 1113 SOUTH AUSTRALIA unit 54, 55 Melbourne Street North Adelaide SA 5006 Telephone: (08) 8239 2222 Facsimile: (08) 8239 0744 WESTERN AUSTRALIA suite 1, 12-20 Railway Road Subiaco WA 6008 Telephone (08) 9382 8299 Facsimile (08) 9382 8224 NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE Unit 113, Zone 23, 21-23 Edwin St, Mt Eden, New Zealand Telephone: 64 9 623 2173 Freephone: 0800 692 772 Facsimile 64 9 623 2174 PO Box 6315, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, New Zealand. The opinions expressed in articles in Aprap are not necessarily those of the Australasian Performing Right Association. Editor: Anthea Sarris asarris@apra.com.au Design: Elastik Printing: No Time To Lose ©2008 Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd, Sydney, Australia. Print Post No: 255003/02262 ISSN: 1441-4910. Printed on environmentally friendly paper using soy-based inks.

MOMENTS IN MUSIC

Bionic Pixie @ Song Summit Sydney


Aprap Issue 2 - 2008