SongHubs heads to Hollywood to make music for the screen

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2019

Emmy® award-winner Ashley Irwin leads sessions with Megan Washington, Jasper Leak, Daniel Denholm and more

Our first-ever SongHubs songwriting and composing residency dedicated to music for the screen kicked off in Hollywood on Monday morning. Emmy® award-winning composer and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Ashley Irwin is at the helm of the residency.

For four days participants will write, produce and record original music, songs and sound for two upcoming projects by Australian filmmakers: Snake River, a feature-length thriller by writer/producer/director Antony J. Bowman and in the shadows, a short film by actor and filmmaker Charmaine Bingwa. 

The studio sessions are being curated by Irwin, whose extensive work includes scores for more than 30 films, the music for mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, and composing and arranging for the Academy Awards, Grammys® and Emmys®.

Irwin has invited acclaimed Australian screen composer Leah Curtis and 2019 APRA Professional Development Award-winner Pru Montin as well as LA songwriter-composers Shelly Peiken and John DeFaria to collaborate with selected APRA AMCOS members in different creative combinations daily.

Those attendees include Megan Washington, who is currently writing the score for an upcoming Warwick Thornton TV series; Nashville-based songwriter Phil Barton, who has penned music for the film Sicario, TV series Nashville, as well as hits for some of country’s biggest stars; Beat Bugs co-composer/arranger and 2019 APRA Screen Music Awards nominee Daniel Denholm, and songwriter Jasper Leak, who garnered an Emmy® nomination for music supervision for Netflix documentary Quincy.

Screen SongHubs differs from the initiative’s contemporary music-focused sessions, where the task at hand is crafting a commercially-viable song per day across pop, hip-hop, electronic, country, rock and more.

“Creating music for the screen requires such a unique set of professional and collaborative skills. You’re writing music in service to a story on the screen, to add greater depth and nuance and, of course, to connect to the audience.

“Screen SongHubs is a special opportunity for everyone involved—both the songwriters and composers and the filmmakers, whose enthusiasm to participate is incredible,” said Irwin.

“More content for the screen is being made than ever before, which means more musical and scoring opportunities for songwriters and composers. Screen SongHubs is about fostering those creative and professional opportunities for APRA AMCOS members anywhere in the world,” said Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS Director Member Relations.

It’s been a year of firsts for SongHubs: the first ever New York City sessions took place in June and next week the program heads to Seoul for the inaugural K-Pop SongHubs.
Ashley Irwin

Special APRA AMCOS guests
Leah Curtis
Pru Montin

Special International guests
John DeFaria
Shelly Peiken

APRA AMCOS participants
Brontë Horder
Carisa Mellado
Daniel Denholm
Jasper Leak
Kyls Burtland
Nicky Night Time
Nikita Karmen
Nina Baumer
Mark Smythe
Megan Washington
Phil Barton
Tammy Ari

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