TAFE NSW’s SongHubs Collaboration with APRA AMCOS
Collaboration in music and education
The art of collaboration in both music and education is evident in the recent SongHubs songwriting camp run by TAFE NSW in partnership with the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS).
Graduates from TAFE NSW’s music qualifications often go on to become small business people or sole traders within the creative industries ecosystem. SongHubs casts students into an intensive learning experience with high profile music professionals, using group creativity to write songs, and demonstrate the value of a team approach.
As an industry organisation, APRA AMCOS manage licenses to help music creators get paid for their work, providing ways to legally play and copy music through the payment of performance royalties.
Creating real industry settings
Eight students were selected to apply their TAFE NSW learning in the professional environment of the four-day SongHubs. They worked under pressure, in teams, with fellow students alongside much more experienced musicians, producers, and songwriters acting as collaborators and mentors. As potential artists, writers and musicians, these are critical skills for their future success.
The value of industry engagement
By working collaboratively with the music industry, TAFE NSW is demonstrating the value of that approach to students.
See SongHubs in action below.
TAFE NSW’s Ultimo campus in Sydney is considered an industry ‘hub’ for musical career development, and now also runs a Bachelor of Creative Practice. Music qualifications are delivered at 11 other TAFE NSW campuses across metropolitan and regional NSW.
Future SongHubs and other innovative collaborations with APRA AMCOS are now being contemplated. Anyone who is writing songs can find out more and join on the APRA AMCOS website.