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Hitmakers from the UK and the US will host the first Songhub of the year in Auckland.

Applications are now open for the APRA AMCOS initiative which is in its third year and will be held once again at Roundhead Studio March 4-9

Curated by leading producer Greg Haver, the three international guest songwriters are London-based Justin Parker (pictured) and three US songwriters from LA – Ilsey Juber, Nate Campany and Maize Olinger.

Now in its third year, the Songhubs initiative has seen 15 international writers and producers collaborate with 70 NZ and Australian performers on more than 80 songs. Fruits of the sessions have included’Kind of Love’ by Maala, Louis Baker’s ‘Addict’, ‘All The Ways to Say Goodbye’ from Mitch James and Chelsea Jade’s ‘Pitch Dark’.

Last year’s Songhub focused primarily country music, but this year’s event is very pop oriented. Parker is a songwriter and producer, who is best known for writing ‘Video Games’ with Lana Del Rey, a song that launched both of their careers. The track won Parker his first Ivor Novello Award – the UK equivalent of the Silver Scroll – and followed that with the award-winning ‘Laura’ for Bat for Lashes.

Juber is another award-winning songwriter, whose collaborations include Shawn Mendes’ ‘Mercy’, ‘In the Name of Love’ by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha, Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ and‘All Night’ by Beyoncé.

Completing the US contingent are Campany, who co-wrote ‘This Time Around’ on Tove Lo’s platinum selling album ‘Queen of the Clouds’ and LP’s #1 smash ‘Lost On You’, and Olinger, co-writer and singer in the band Night Things with Zach Shields.

Sixteen places are up for grabs on this year’s Songhubs. A total of four fully funded places are available for two NZ and two internationally based APRA AMCOS members. The remaining 12 places are partially funded as available to NZ-based APRA members.

As well as APRA AMCOS, Songhub 2019 is supported by NZ On Air, the New Zealand Music Commission, Auckland Council and Recorded Music New Zealand. Click here for more information.

Ilsey Juber

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