Australians and Canadians have a lot in common, from language to a love of challenging sports.
Now, music publishers and songwriters from both countries have come together for the love of music and, for 40 creators, a one-of-a-kind virtual camp.
An initiative of the Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) and Music Publishers Canada (MPC), the CREATE Song Camp connected songwriters from both sides of Tasmania with their counterparts in North America.
Music industry consultant Danny Keenan coordinated the virtual song camp, which took place over three days in March, working on original songs in pop and singer-songwriter styles.
“As a music publisher, it’s always amazing to be involved in the creation of a new song, and to hear what all the amazing writers have accomplished together in such a short time was amazing,” comments the president of AMPAL and the management of Warner Chappell Music Australia. director Matthew Capper.
Published participants in the Australasian Songs Camp included Ali Barter (Native Tongue Music Publishing), Amela (Perfect Pitch Publishing), ASHY (Native Tongue Music Publishing), Chí (Mushroom Music Publishing), Damien Leith (Wise Music), NGAIIRE ( Wise Music).
They were joined by Canadian songwriters including Aaron Allen (Arts & Crafts), Alex Sampson (Sony Music Publishing), Demetri James (Ultra Publishing), FAMBA (Sony Music Publishing), Flower Face (Nettwerk) and others.
“Co-writing experience for any writer is invaluable in developing their craft,” says Clive Hodson, AMPAL Vice President and Director of Perfect Pitch Publishing. “Doing this with someone they just met, remotely and in a short period of time, is priceless on so many levels for a singer/songwriter.”
Exporting songs from this part of the world is driving the growth of domestic music publishers and becoming increasingly important in the globalized music market, notes AMPAL Managing Director Matthew O’Sullivan.
Collaborative sessions like these, he notes, can ensure that Australian and New Zealand songs and stories “continue to be heard around the world”.
The cross-border virtual encounter also featured a joint board meeting between MPC and AMPAL, which welcomed its new directors Linda Bosidis (Mushroom Music Publishing), Karen Hamilton (120 Publishing Pty Ltd), Tim Prescott (Double Drummer Music) and Damian Rinaldi (Alberts).
Their elevation to the board comes after AMPAL directors Steve McPherson (formerly Hillsong Music Publishing Australia), Ian James (Mushroom Music Publishing), Philip Walker (Origin Music) and Rachel Kelly (formerly Downtown Music Publishing, now with Utopia Music) resigned from the AMPAL Board of Directors in 2021 after many years of service to the organization.
AMPAL was established in 1956 and today has over 50 music publishing members, collectively representing north of 90% of the economic value of the music publishing industry.
Ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, Australia hosted the ICMP Board for the first time, with a week-long series of meetings and events hosted by AMPAL and Warner Music Australia .