Four days, 14 songs: The first Aussie K-Pop SongHubs songwriting camp a success!

Four days, 14 songs: The first Aussie K-Pop SongHubs songwriting camp a success!

One month since kicking off their first ever K-Pop SongHubs songwriting camp in Seoul, Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS and the selected camp attendees still have so much to celebrate.

From November 12-15, 2019, eleven songwriters, producers and topliners came together and recorded a total of 14 songs over an intensive 4-day residency, which were then played to top K-Pops including JYP, BigHit, SM Entertainment and Masterworks

Two of these songs have now been put on hold for one of the labels  — meaning they want to first right to use the track — and the K-Pop SongHubs team is now eagerly awaiting to learn which Korean superstar will showcase their music to the world. 

K-Pop Songhubs Songwriting Camp

APRA AMCOS ambassador Tushar Apte, curator of the K-Pop SongHubs Seoul program and one of the writers on global BTS hit ‘Home’, said: “The first ever SongHubs Seoul was a uniquely inspiring creative and cultural experience for everyone involved, one which we hope to share with other Australian and Korean collaborators in the future.”

We are proud to have created some amazing music during the week, which we're confident will see its way into the Korean market with the support of our Korean label partners, artists and of course K-Pop fans around the world.

As curator, Apte invited fellow hitmaker and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Nat Dunn (Marshmello, Charlie XCX) to the sessions, as well as international guests Hailey Collier (Selena Gomez, David Guetta), Will Sims (Girls Generation, Aloe Blacc) and top K-Pop producer and A&R Alex Wright.

They worked with APRA AMCOS members selected through a competitive application process: Melbourne songwriter Demi Louise, London-based songwriter and artist Hopium, K-Pop and J-Pop collaborator Tim Tan, Sydney electronic producer Mookhi, rising electro-pop artist Muki, and LA-based songwriter TIAAN (Tina Arena, BLEONA).

Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations, said: “A K-Pop SongHubs could not have been done anywhere except Seoul, the home of K-Pop. 

Having our group of Australian songwriters travel to Korea and be inspired by the local culture and meet with the music industry and our counterparts from KOMCA, was integral to creating great songs and making new inroads into this incredibly vibrant sector.

K-Pop SongHubs Seoul was facilitated by APRA AMCOS in partnership with Korean Music Copyright Association (KOMCA), and Sydney-based Korean Cultural Centre (KCC), a cultural liaison organisation established by the South Korean Government in 2011, shared their support and excitement after hearing about what happened at the event. 

Sojeong Park, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, said: “Our organisation was thrilled to learn the K-Pop SongHubs songwriting camp was a huge success. We are really looking forward to hearing the songs that were recorded during the camp and to share it with K-Pop fans in Australia.

It is wonderful that bodies such as APRA AMCOS and KOMCA are making certain that Australia and Korea are able to continue to share each other's cultures and values to create work that is loved by fans both locally and around the world.

K-Pop Songhubs Songwriting Camp

The K-Pop market is valued at US$5billion, and the genre’s artists are global superstars with an ever-growing fanbase in Australia. 

Quartet BLACKPINK sold out arena shows in Melbourne and Sydney in June, and BTS recently became the first K-Pop artist to achieve ARIA gold single accreditation, with four singles certified.

Learn more about APRA AMCOS SongHubs by checking their website HERE


Anisha Mistry

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