Songmaker sessions: Budding Coffs Harbour songwriters to be mentored by industry hitmakers

Thursday, 09 Dec 2021

The search is on for budding songwriters and music producers to join a new music industry mentoring program touring regional NSW this Summer. The SongMakers Summer Sessions are part of the Office for Regional Youth Holiday Break program in partnership with

APRA AMCOS and Create NSW. Coffs Harbour is one of 6 targeted locations, which also include Albury, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Goulburn and Wagga Wagga.

Hosted at the Multicultural Hub, the Coffs Harbour/Gumbaynggirr Country workshop is on

Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 January, 10am – 4pm

Young people aged 16 – 21 are invited to apply to be part of the free program, where they will write songs, record and learn about music industry careers from some of Australia’s most exciting hitmakers. There will be a showcase opportunity on day 2 where friends and families can celebrate and hear the new songs.

There are 16 available places. The application process, closing on Friday December 10th, is online at or from the link in @gosongmakersInstagram bio

Visiting Coffs Harbour for the SongMakers Summer Session are industry mentors:

·       platinum producer/artist and triple j favourite, Taka Perry, whose credits include Ruel, Denzel Curry, Max Frost and A.GIRL.

·       Lily Richardson, one half of sister rock duo CLEWS, who have shared stages with Ocean Alley, Tash Sultana, Holy Holy, Portugal. The Man. And Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes.

Tina Broad, SongMakers Project Lead, APRA AMCOS: “Collaboration and connection makes the global industry tick: just about every great song has been written in a team process. And connection through music is also a powerful part of how we’ve all coped through the trials of the past year. We can’t wait to meet some budding new songwriters in Coffs Harbour through these sessions and keep the connections going as we match them with some really inspiring mentors.”

Naomi Steinborner, Blue Sky Community Services: “We’re excited to support these workshops happening in Coffs Harbour and see it as an amazing opportunity for young artists to collaborate and network with industry professionals.”