Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018


We're delighted to announce applications are open for our second collaborative songwriting program of 2018, SongHubs Sphere.

125 years ago New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. While we continue to lead the way for women's rights in many areas of life, our music industry - just like the rest of the world's - remains plagued by a deep and persistent gender imbalance.

Only 21.9% of APRA AMCOS's members (songwriters and composers) identify as female. Less than 4% of our producers and sound engineers identify as female. Less than 10% of acts programmed in NZ music fesitvals identify as female. Yet our female artists punch repeatedly above their weight.

SongHubs Sphere is a unique celebration of our Suffragettes' historic achievement, alongside the extraordinary spirit and fortitude of our female-identifying music creators who succeed despite being in the distinct minority. 

In August 2018, we're bringing extraordinary women from around the world to create music on every level - production, engineering, composition, and performance - with our own extraordinary female-identifying talent.So far our international guests include Wendy Wang, Susan Rogers, Ebonie Smith, and Laura Bettinson/FEMME. More guests will be announced shortly.

Our participants and international guests will spend a week at Roundhead Studios from Monday August 6 to Saturday August 11, working collaboratively on a new song each day.

In addition to the daily writing sessions we hold, we'll be presenting a seminar series to the wider music community so that our industry as a whole will be able to share the knowledge of our guests and see their female heroes and mentors front and center.

SongHubs Sphere is a step towards leveling the playing field, so that everyone can see themselves reflected in our musical community, feel safe and welcome, and take their rightful place within it.


Chelsea Jade has been the recipient of New Zealand's Critics Choice Prize and is a Red Bull Music Academy alumna.
In 2017 she was shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll Award with her song 'Life of the Party', alongside Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, Lorde, and Bic Runga.
She was awarded the 2017 APRA Professional Development Award for her ambitions in pop songwriting, and recently co-wrote 'You Owe Me' with the Chainsmokers.
Her album 'Personal Best' is due out in coming months.


Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter based in New York. She's also the founder of Gender Amplified, Inc., an organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production and audio engineering.
Ebonie received her first Grammy Certificate as an assistant engineer on 'Hamilton' (Original Broadway Cast Recording). She received her second Grammy Certificate for work on Sturgill Simpson's award­-winning album 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'. She currently works as an audio engineer, producer and studio coordinator for Atlantic Records and has worked with: Charlie Puth, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Janelle Monae, Panic! At The Disco and many others.


Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from McGill University. Prior to her science career, Susan was a multi-platinum-earning record producer, engineer, mixer and audio technician, best known for her work with Prince (Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Parade, Sign O' The Times).
Production/engineering credits also include David Byrne, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, and Jeff Black. She is currently a Professor in the departments of Music Production & Engineering and Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music, Boston.


Laura Bettinson started performing as Dimbleby & Capper in 2008, playing Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage in 2009. After meeting Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Beck/REM/Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker, she fronted their side project Ultraista.
In 2013, she returned to solo work under the moniker FEMME, which found her being named as Artist of the Week by Vogue and listed by one of the 'most interesting women in music' by Terra, alongside Grimes and MIA.


Wendy Wang is a producer/writer based in Los Angeles who was signed by Greg Kurstin to No Expectations Publishing, his joint venture with Sony/ATV. 
She's a multi-instrumentalist who also plays in Bird and the Bee. Wendy produced/co-wrote The Aces recent single 'Fake Nice', and also produced/co-wrote 'Everything' on the latest Superfruit album.
She has recently collaborated with Mozella, Fran Hall, Miriam Bryant, Teddy Geiger, Bea Miller, and Noah Kahan to name a few.


You are eligible to apply for SongHubs Sphere if:

  • You are an elected Full Writer Member of APRA (unless you are applying as a sound engineer)
  • You identify as female or non-binary
  • You’re able to demonstrate either commercial success or a strong track record of audience and industry support within the past two years
  • You have a manager, record company, music publisher, or distributor supporting your career
  • You have a recording scheduled for release during the 12 months following SongHubs Sphere 2018
  • You have collaborated and/or worked on successful local or international releases
  • You are keen and willing to collaborate with other artists, songwriters and producers
  • You are willing to make yourself available for media relating to SongHubs Sphere 2018, and for your image and biography to be used in association with this and future SongHubs events. 
  • You are available for the duration of SongHubs Sphere 2018 – including the introductory drinks on Sunday 5th August and the Wrap / Listening Party on Saturday 11th August.

There are fourteen places available for application as part of SongHubs Sphere - twelve for writers and two for producers.

Included in these places are:

TWO (2) fully funded places for internationally based APRA AMCOS members:

  • Return flights to Auckland from anywhere in the world
  • Accommodation for seven (7) nights
  • Per diem of $60 NZD per day for six (6) days.

TWO (2) fully funded places for APRA AMCOS members who are resident in New Zealand:

  • Return flights to Auckland from anywhere in New Zealand
  • Accommodation for seven (7) nights
  • Per diem of $60 NZD per day for six (6) days.

TEN (10) non-funded places for APRA AMCOS members who are resident in New Zealand:

  • Per diem of $60 NZD per day for six (6) days.


  • Submission close midnight Thursday 28 June 2018
  • All submissions will be evaluated by SongHubs curators 
  • Successful applicants will be advised by Monday 9 July 2018.
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