Heliport hosting Song Hubs

APRA AMCOS in partnership with BIGSOUND and HELIPORT STUDIOS invite you to apply

1-3 September 2018

Buderim QLD

Before BIGSOUND, we write songs. On the 5th anniversary of the SongHubs program, Robert Conley has been appointed as curator for SongHubs BIGSOUND. Robert hosted the first-ever SongHubs in 2013 at his studios in Redfern, NSW.

Since that inaugural SongHubs, APRA AMCOS has been host to 50 camps around the world, producing 143 SongHubs works released globally, resulting in over $1.3 million for our collaborators in songwriting royalties to date.

BIGSOUND showcasing and non-showcasing members are encouraged to apply and join us for three solid days of songwriting at the state-of-the-art Heliport Studios at the Sunshine Coast.

Don’t miss out! Apply by 13 August and soon you could be working with some of today’s top songwriters, producers and A&Rs.


ROBERT CONLEYRobert is an American songwriter and producer currently living in Sydney. Before re-locating to Australia in 2007, he was the programmer for Grammy-winning producer Walter Afanasieff, and worked with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and more. Robert is an APRA AMCOS Ambassador, a three-time APRA Music Awards Musical Director, and owner of boutique publishing company Specific Music, which is sub-published worldwide by Kobalt. He is co-owner/curator of the annual ’50 Songs in 5 days’ songwriting program, and last year launched a joint venuture record label with Universal Music, with a focus on developing fresh new talent.


YVES ROTHMANYves is a Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Signed to a major label as a teen, Yves wrote and produced three albums with his band before focusing his career on songwriting and producing for other artists. His modern production techniques draw inspiration from 90s R&B and 70s singer-songwriter truths wrapped in an indie pop haze. Recent credits include Banoffee’s Ripe and new music for Miya Folic, L Devine, and Ashe.
MAIZE OLLINGEROriginally from Los Angeles, Maize was recently signed by Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin to No Expectations Publishing, his joint venture with Sony/ATV. She was studying classical voice in New York when she made a quick pivot to jazz/contemporary and decided to head back to LA to establish herself as a writer and artist. She’s a member of the band Night Things, is working with producer Wendy Wang, and collaborating with NZ producer Kamandi, Sam Wilkes of Cutty Gold and Mr Little Jeans.


THOMAS BUSBYTom is one-half of the beloved Rockhampton, Queensland folk-pop duo Busby Marou, a three-time honouree for Blues & Roots Work of the Year at the APRA Music Awards. The band’s 2017 album Postcards from the Shell House debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album chart. They have toured Australia extensively, and were hand-picked by Elton John for the support slot on his Once In A Lifetime Concert tour.


2 x APRA AMCOS members living outside of Brisbane will receive:

  • Return economy flights to Brisbane or The Sunshine Coast
  • Accommodation for four (4) nights
  • Per diem allowance of A$70 (3 days)

4 x APRA AMCOS members showcasing at BIGSOUND will receive:

  • Accommodation for three (3) nights
  • Per diem allowance of A$70 (3 days)

4 x APRA AMCOS members living in Brisbane/Sunshine Coast will receive:

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights
  • Per diem allowance of A$70 (3 days)

Note: Applicants can only be selected for one fully-funded and one resident position per 18 month period. Applicants may apply for resident positions if they are not from the local area where SongHubs is being held, but if successful, the applicant is responsible for all travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.


  • Submissions close 13 August 5pm (AEST)
  • All submissions will be evaluated by SongHubs curators 
  • Successful applicants will be advised by 17 August 2018
  • Questions? Contact songhubs@apra.com.au
SongHubs is an APRA AMCOS initiative that partners emerging and established APRA AMCOS songwriters with renowned international songwriters and producers to create new works for local and international markets. The potential for our members is considerable, with SongHubs taking place in both domestic and international locations.

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