Students at Urangan State High will soon collaborate with
some of Australia’s most successful musicians and producers, as part of
SongMakers - a national mentoring program run by APRA AMCOS.
The school is one of 50 selected from the nearly 200
eligible schools that applied and will host its SongMakers workshop on 1/2 Jun.
This will see the school transform into a kind of creative
hothouse for sixteen of its budding songwriters and producers. They will work
over two intensive days with Award-winning songwriter and performer, Katie
Noonan and Sydney producer, Stu Hunter, to create and record new songs.
Run with support from the Australian Government, SongMakers
is all about contemporary music and is aimed at nurturing the next generation
of hitmakers – right there in the classroom.
Under the program, senior music students work closely with
two high profile mentors - one artist and one producer - to create ‘market
ready’ music, against the clock, from scratch. The program is provided free to participating
“We congratulate Urangan State High on securing a place on
the program and can’t wait to hear the tracks that emerge from the workshop,”
says Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS
Head of Member Services Group.
“The great thing
about this program is that it takes the real world into the classroom. For most
of these young people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate
with and learn from some of the biggest names in music. And because it’s so
hands-on, it really fast-tracks students’ understanding of today’s contemporary
music world and the steps needed for success.”
SongMakers 2015 marks the second year of the national
program. Go to www.songmakers.com.au
to hear some of the workshop songs and for information about the high profile
In addition to the 50 in-school workshops, SongMakers also
provides free classroom support materials, aligned to the Australian
Curriculum, to ALL Australian secondary schools. These can be accessed at www.songmakers.com.au/resources.