SongHubs functions as an intensive, commercially focused songwriting residency, providing unique collaborative opportunities for both published and unpublished songwriters and composers, irrespective of genre.
Songhubs: Where Kiwi writers mix it with the world's best.
SongHubs is an APRA AMCOS initiative supported by New Zealand on Air, Recorded Music New Zealand, Auckland Council and Te Mangai Paho.
SongHubs partners emerging and established APRA AMCOS songwriters with renowned international songwriters and producers, creating new works for local and international markets. The potential for New Zealand songwriters is considerable, with SongHubs planned in both domestic and key international locations and territories around the world.
Songhubs functions as an intensive, commercially focused songwriting residency, providing unique collaborative opportunities for both published and unpublished songwriters and composers, irrespective of genre.
The program's aims are:
To establish New Zealand as a centre of music creating excellence;
To provide career pathways for high calibre New Zealand songwriters and composers; and
To maximise the potential of international collaborations in accessing new markets for New Zealand songwriters and composers
Songwriters and composers eligible for consideration will meet the following criteria:
a) An elected Full Writer Member of APRA
b) You are able to demonstrate either commercial success or a strong track record of audience and industry support within the past two years
c) You have a manager, record company, music publisher, or distributor supporting your career
d) You have a recording scheduled for release during the 12 months following SongHubs
e) You have collaborated and / or worked on successful local or international releases
f) You are keen and willing to collaborate with other artists, songwriters and producers
Some of New Zealand's finest songwriters and producers gathered at Big Fan on February 7 - 11 for our very first UK collaboration, SongHubs UK, curated by NZ-born London local Jordan Rakei. 12 members were handpicked by Jordan and joined guest writers Holly Fletcher/Lapsley (UK), Ben Jackson-Cook (UK), and Alisa Xayalith (NZ) to create 16 songs across 4 days. We were lucky to host two special seminars featuring Jordan, Holly, Ben, and Alisa, where they shared insights into each of their extensive careers to date.
Songwriters: Muroki, Emily Muli, Judah Kelley, NEVERKNOWN, Reiki Ruawai, Edie, HINA, BOY SODA. Producers: Alex Wildwood, Alistair Deverick, WHO SHOT SCOTT, Kiboko. Guest writers: Låpsley, Ben Jackson-Cook, Alisa Xayalith, Jordan Rakei (curator)
SongHubs UK would not be possible without the support of the British Council NZ, NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air, and Recorded Music NZ.
We took SongHubs to Ōtepoti in November 21 - 25, curated by prolific songwriter and producer Sam Trevethick (Shapeshifter, Sambora). The 4-day songwriting camp took place across four studios at Otago University's Te Korokoro o te Tūī Performing Arts Centre. We were delighted to have Sean Donnelly AKA SJD join us mid-week for a special Q&A, sharing special wisdom and insights about songwriting and composing for screen.
Songwriters personally selected by Sam were: Jack Panther, Sophie Scott-Maunder (Soft Plastics), Keira Wallace, Georgina Clifford (Gee), Adelaide Dunn, Abby Wolfe, Calla Knudson (Calla), Alayna Powley, ZËxÏÏ, Chris Wethey, Kahu McLean, and Mads Harrop.
Guest writers: Ladi6, Shayne P Carter, Emily C. Browning, Abi Knudson (MISSY)
We also had Stevie Thocolich available for participants wanting to use te reo Māori or Taonga Puoro in their music.
With the generous support of NZ On Air and NZ Music Commission.
2022 Reo Māori SongHubs took place in Tāmaki Makaurau September 25th - 29th. APRA Board Writer Representative Bic Runga and Sir Tīmoti Karetu curated the week-long songwriting camp held across four studios at Roundhead.
Songwriters: Te Kuru Dewes, Anna Coddington, Reti Hedley, HINA, MOHI, Jordyn with a Why, YAHYAH, and Kawiti Waetford.
Producers: Joel Tashkoff (choicevaughan), Dan Martin, Nic Manders, and Noema Te Hau III.
Mātanga reo: Hana Mereraiha, Hēmi Kelly, Ruth Smith, and Te Kuru Dewes.
With the generous support of NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho
SongHubs Ōtautahi | Christchurch, was held at the Christchurch Arts Centre March 2021. Curated by Delaney Davidson, our top-line songwriters were Julia Deans, Troy Kingi, Tami Neilson & Jol Mulholland.
Our participants: Ashy Batchelor, Brooke Singer, Byllie-Jean Zeta, Chris William, Emmanuel Psathas, Emma Cameron, Harry Parsons, Jenny Mitchell, Josie Moon, Mark Vanilau, Raquel Thomas, Sarena Close, Tali Jenkinson, & Violet French
With the generous support and involvement of NZ On Air and the New Zealand Music Commission.
Curated by Devin Abrams and held at the gorgeous Old Church in Meeanee. December 2020, we took our week long collaborative songwriting retreat on the road to Hawkes Bay and teamed up with acclaimed producers Estère, Kings, and Simon Gooding to work with some of the region's best and brightest music creators.
Reo Māori SongHubs is a collaborative songwriting wānanga, bringing together experts in music creation and waiata reo Māori to further the development of a bi-lingual music industry. Held at Waimārama Marae in Hawkes Bay, November 2020.
The curator of the program is superstar producer Joel Little, while pre-eminent mātanga reo language specialist and songwriter Sir Tīmoti Kāretu is the reo curator. Five other mātanga reo songwriters Jeremy Tātere MacLeod, Leon Te Heketū Blake, Hana Mereraiha, Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes, and Ruth Smith will guide and assist the sessions.
The producers and songwriters who took part were an incredible group of talented music creators who are all at different stages of their development with writing waiata in te reo Māori, but they share a passion for learning more, and collaborating in this mahi.
At SongHubs Auckland 2020, we were excited to be bringing a group of four Swedish songwriters to New Zealand to share their knowledge and collaborate with our local writers: Sara Hjellström (aka Shy Martin), Nirob Islam (aka Shy Nodi), Julia Karlsson, and Anton Rundberg. These four pop wunderkinds were joined at Roundhead Studio for a week by 14 New Zealand songwriters, 2 Australian songwriters, and 5 New Zealand producers: Devin Abrams, Abby Knudson, Will Henderson, Rory Noble and Josh Naley.
Our guests spent five days rotating through different songwriting groups and studios, writing one song per day, and forming new musical friendships and collaborative possibilities. With thanks to NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music NZ, Auckland Council, and Atomic Coffee.
Justin Gray is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based Songwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive and Tech Entrepreneur. Over the past 12 years, Justin’s projects have sold in excess of 40 million copies, and more than 8 billion streams world-wide. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, John Legend, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, and Reignwolf.
Maize Olinger, originally from Los Angeles California, is a co-writer and singer in the band Night Things with Zach Shields, former half of ANTI signed band Dead Man’s Bones. Since signing with Greg Kurstin she’s devoted most of the last 12 months to honing her skills as a writer in both her artist project with producer Wendy Wang, and collaborations with MoZella, Kamandi, Sam Wilkes of Cutty Gold, and Mr Little Jeans.
Nate Campany is a US songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. He co-wrote ‘This Time Around’ on Tove Lo’s platinum selling album ‘Queen of the Clouds’, 4 songs on Carly Rae Jepsen’s critically acclaimed album ‘Emotion’ and LP’s ‘Lost On You’ which was #1 in 27 countries. He also co-wrote Martin Garrix’s ‘Scared to be Lonely’ feat. Dua Lipa which went 3 times platinum in worldwide sales, and the #1 US Latin airplay Becky G x Natti Natasha song ‘Sin Pijama’.
Jenna Andrews is a songwriter, vocal producer, and A&R consultant for Barry Weiss' 'RECORDS' label. Jenna is an acclaimed vocal producer, executive producer and arranger, while lending the collaborative skills of a songwriting mentor/partner and the acumen of an A&R/artist development executive to each project she touches. Jenna’s list of songwriting collaborators and creative partners includes Drake, Dua Lipa, Tori Kelly, Jessie J, Banks, and Jennifer Lopez as well as producers Doc McKinney, Noah 40 Shebib, Diplo, DJ Mustard, Max Martin and Stargate, to name a few.
Curated by Greg Haver presented by APRA AMCOS with the generous support of our friends at NZ On Air, the New Zealand Music Commission, Auckland Council and Recorded Music New Zealand.
2018 SongHubs Sphere
In celebration of Suffage 125 - 125 years since women received the right to vote in Aotearoa New Zealand - we held a second 2018 SongHub: SongHub Sphere.
Curated by Chelsea Jade and held at RoundHead Studios. The wonderful international guests were Susan Rogers (Prince’s audio engineer), Ebonie Smith (founder of Gender Amplified, and Grammy-winning producer based in New York), Laura Bettinson (producer/co-writer/artist based in London with a fascinating CV), and Wendy Wang (LA producer, co-writer, and multi-instrumentalist who works for Greg Kurstin’s No Expectations Publishing).
August 2018 SongHub Sphere participants: Abigail Knudson (Missy), Amelia Murray (Fazerdaze), Anji Sami (She's So Rad), Anna Coddington, Brooke Singer (French for Rabbits), Caitlin McGregor (Handsome), Emma Logan (October), Flo Wilson, Hinenui-Terangi Tairua (Angel Tairua), Jessica Bourke (Jess B), Jessica Hansell (Coco Solid), Maude Morris (LEXXA), Millie Lovelock (Astro Children), Nakita Turner (Nakita), Shana Lorando (Valere).
When Nashville came to town... They have made successful careers out of writing beloved songs for some of America’s biggest country stars, as well as sweeping ballads and runaway hits for TV shows like Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy. The three international guests for the 2018 SongHubs Auckland program are Kate York, Marc Beeson, and Heather Morgan.
Primetime Emmy award winning song-writer Kate York is a versatile artist-writer who has penned music for a diverse range of artists from Little Big Town to Fall Out Boy. She’s also written songs for numerous hit TV shows and films including Grey’s Anatomy, The Fosters, New Year’s Day, One Tree Hill, Hart of Dixie, and countless songs for the show Nashville – one of which won her an Emmy for the song ‘Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again’. Marc Beeson, Illinois native and 25 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Chicago, among others. He's won 10 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, ‘When She Cries’. Heather Morgan grew up in Richardson, Texas before moving to Nashville, where she signed her first publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. Her songs have been featured on the television show Nashville, recorded by Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, A Thousand Horses, The Eli Young Band, Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge among others. A staff songwriter for Sony ATV Music Publishing, Heather celebrated her first #1 in 2014 with Brett Eldredge's song, ‘Beat Of The Music’ which also won her BMI's 2015 Country Song Of The Year.
2018 saw the most applications we'd ever received, our participants were curated by Greg Haver and included our supporting producers: Julia Deans, Alex Wildwood (producer), Madeline Bradley, Simon Gooding (producer), Tom Healy (producer), Jol Muholland (producer), Tami Neilson, Jenny Mitchell, Woodes, Marley Sola, Seth Haapu, Taka Perry (producer), Fraser Browne, Nick Dow, Jamie McDell, & Kaylee Bell.
In addition to APRA AMCOS, SongHubs Auckland has been made possible with the support of NZ On Air, Auckland Council, Recorded Music NZ and the New Zealand Music Commission.
Curated by Greg Haver and assisted by three outstanding New Zealand producers, Josh Fountain, Sam De Jong, and Djeisan Suskov. Platinum selling and Grammy Award winning writers Mike Elizondo (US), Emily Warren (US), James Newton (UK), and Pete Wadams aka P-Money (NZ)proved to be incredible top-liners.
Mike Elizondo is perhaps best known for his work with Eminem, co-writing number 1 hit The Real Slim Shady, along with much of the rest of The Marshall Mathers LP. But his co-writing credits range far and wide, from hip hop greats Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg, to Twenty One Pilots, Maroon 5, Tegan & Sarah, Regina Spektor, and two of New Zealand’s favourite songbirds, Gin Wigmore, and Kimbra. Emily Warren is having a stellar year, having helped The Chainsmokers win a Grammy yesterday for Don't Let Me Down, as well as achieving international stardom and chart success (they’re currently sitting at #5 and #16 in the NZ Top 40). Warren has not only co-written three songs with the American DJ duo, but her vocals also feature on two tracks – Until You Were Gone, and Paris. Aside from that she’s worked with Jessie J, Shawn Mendez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tiesto, Fifth Harmony, Sean Paul, and a host of others. James Newman is the unassuming older brother of rising British dance-soul star John Newman, and has spent the past few years working as a key collaborator with Rudimental (for which he won a Brit Award), as well as working with Calvin Harris, Ella Eyre, and David Guetta, while also working on his own material, which looks set to be released this year. We also have local hip hop and pop producer star Pete Wadams aka P-Money joining the team. P-Money is known for his many collaborations, including his current smash hit with Starley Hope, Call On Me (which is in the Top 10 throughout Europe and has had more than 230 million streams), plus chart topping classics written with Scribe, Vince Harder, and Akon, as well as his own work as a producer and songwriter.
3 international guests, 12 local songwriters, 4 producers, 5 days in Roundhead Studio, and a whole lotta magic... 2016 was the first year that Songhubs was held in Aotearoa. Curated by Greg Haver we gathered together for a week in March.
Our international guests, platinum-selling and Grammy Award winning writers Mozella, Sacha Skarbek, and Lindy Robbins. MoZella co-wrote the Miley Cyrus No.1 hit song, ‘Wrecking Ball’ with Sacha Skarbek, as well as co-writing Madonna’s album, Rebel Heart. She has also collaborated with Rihanna, One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Ellie Goulding. Sacha Skarbek played a key role in developing James Blunt’s career and co-wrote the worldwide No.1 hit ‘You’re Beautiful’. Other collaborations include Adele, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Neneh Cherry, Lana del Rey and the Backstreet Boys. Lindy Robbins co-wrote David Guetta’s hit single featuring Sam Smith ‘Dangerous’. Robbins has also written for Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and 5 Seconds of Summer.
And the talented New Zealand and Australian artists who were invited to come and work alongside them were Anna Coddington, Campbell, Ciaran McMeeken, Louis Baker, Maala, Matthew Young, Mel Parsons, Miu, Montaigne, Robinson, Sahara Skye, and Sarah Aarons. They were all assisted by four outstanding New Zealand producers, Josh Fountain, Sam De Jong, M Basa, and Djeisan Suskov.