Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

APRA AMCOS SongMaker Workshops


Bathurst 26-27 September. Orange 28-29 September. The search is on for creatives aged 16 – 21 to apply to be part of our free SongMakers school holiday program.

The search is on for aspiring Central West songwriters to be part of a new music industry mentoring program touring regional NSW at the end of next month. The SongMakers Holiday Sessions are presented by national music organisation, APRA AMCOS, as part of the Office for Regional Youth Holiday Break program in partnership with Create NSW.

FREE places are being offered to 16 young people, aged 16-21, to participate in either one of two workshops, in Bathurst or Orange. Each workshop involves participants spending 2 days writing and recording songs and learning about music careers from some of Australia’s most exciting creators.

Interested young people can send an email to or message @gosongmakers on Instagram for details about securing a place at the Bathurst and Orange workshops.

 BATHURST: Mon 26th & Tues 27th Sept (10am-4pm & 10am – 5:30pm), Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

ORANGE: Weds 28th & Thurs 29th Sept, (10am-4pm & 10am – 5:30pm), Orange Regional Con

Industry mentors at the workshop are Sydney musicians, Taka Perry and Chloe Dadd. Taka is an award-winning artist/producer/songwriter and triple j favourite whose international career has been meteoric since his discovery as a Canberra high school student on the SongMakers program.  Writer/producer/performer Chloe is also a SongMakers alumnus, from regional NSW. She has worked with Lime Cordiale, Meg Mac, Courtney Barnett and others, tours with MAY-A, and will be spotlighted as a feature artist at this year’s Australian music industry conference, Big Sound.

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. We can’t wait to meet some budding new Central West songwriters through these sessions and keep the connections going as we match them with some really inspiring mentors.”

 Patrick Coomey, Music Industry Support Officer, Arts OutWest: “We’re pleased to support the SongMakers Sessions in Bathurst and Orange and can’t wait to hear the songs that come out of them. This ties in with our commitment to providing creative opportunities for our young creators, and spotlights just how much talent there is in our region.”

Presented by APRA AMCOS in partnership with Arts OutWest, Orange Regional Conservatorium and BMEC. Supported by the Office for Regional Youth in partnership with Create NSW.