AMPAL 2017 Board Election Results

At the 2017 AMPAL Annual General Meeting on 22 November, the following Directors were declared as re-elected to the AMPAL Board:

Matthew Capper (Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd).

Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing).

Clive Hodson (Perfect Pitch Publishing).

Ian James (Mushroom Music).

Damian Trotter (Sony/ATV Music Publishing).

Matthew Capper was returned as Chair, and Clive Hodson was returned as Deputy Chair.

The AMPAL Board is elected by the AMPAL membership.

2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Now Open


AMPAL is proud to once again sponsor the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, which is now open.

Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition to go into the running for a first place cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.

Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ray earned top honours in last year’s competition for her beguiling song Drive. “The Vanda & Young prize made a huge impact on what I have achieved in the last year. It assisted me in being able to travel overseas to America, write and work on new music there with amazing people, and provided me with the time to wholly focus on my music. That in itself is a gift,” said Ray.

Two runners-up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of media sponsor, Seventh Street Media. An exciting addition to the prize slate this year is A$5,000 for the best ‘Unpublished’ work.

Since the prestigious competition began, it has not only boosted the careers of winners Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011), The Preatures (2013), Husky Gawenda (2014) and Gretta Ray (2016), but to date has raised over A$800,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA).

The 2018 competition is set to take total funds raised since the inception of the competition past A$1million, with the full A$50 entry fee per song going directly towards the work of NRMTA, which uses music therapy to help people cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs. These include children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.

This year’s judging panel features some of the best ears in the business with over 40 songwriters, producers, media and industry professionals confirmed to take part. They include three-time APRA Songwriter of the Year Daniel Johns, electronic artist and triple j host KLP, ARIA-winner Montaigne, and The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson, co-writer on the Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners global smash This Girl.

Daniel Johns said, “Vanda & Young took Australian songwriting to the world and blazed a trail for the rest of us to follow. I’m pleased to be involved as a judge for the first time and I am looking forward to hearing some new music.”

Named after the iconic songwriters and founding members of The Easybeats, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, the competition launch coincides with a month of celebrating one of Australia’s most loved bands with a vinyl reissue, a two part mini-series Friday On My Mind on the ABC, and a tribute EP, Rebeat.

David Albert, Managing Director of Alberts said:
“Alberts is thrilled to continue its long-term association with APRA AMCOS and also partner for the first time with BMG for the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.  This competition recognises the significance Harry Vanda and the late George Young have to the music community through their legendary songwriting partnership, and provides a great opportunity to support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.”

Heath Johns, Managing Director of BMG Australia said:
“BMG is very proud to partner with our friends at Alberts and APRA AMCOS for the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. The competition provides a unique platform for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the country’s finest songwriters and also contribute to an important cause. The prize money on offer should also make a meaningful difference to the eventual winner’s career and we are very happy to get behind that.”

Matthew O'Sullivan, General Manager of AMPAL said:
AMPAL is very proud to support the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.  It is a fantastic competition that provides a great opportunity for songwriters, while at the same time contributing to the life-changing work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.

Entries close 17 January 2018.

For more information and entry details, go to: 

2017 Screen Music Awards Winners Announced

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The 2017 Screen Music Awards winners have been announced.  Australian screen composers were honoured as winners in front of their peers at the awards ceremony at the Recital Centre in Melbourne. Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the event paid tribute to composers across 12 categories who impressed a panel of judges with their work in the previous year.

Screen composer Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom, The Rover, Redfern Now) has taken out
the Feature Film Score of the Year award for his original score for the Australian feature film Jasper Jones.

Elliott Wheeler (Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) obo Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music) won the award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for his work on Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down. 

Composer Martin Armiger was presented with the inaugural Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award.

AMPAL members Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust), Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust) and BMG AM each represent winning composers at this year's awards.

For the full list of winners, see

Congratulations to all award winners and nominees!

The Economic Contribution of Australian Copyright Industries


The Australian Copyright Council has just published a report by PwC on the Economic Contribution of Australian Copyright Industries 2002-2016. 

This is the fifth report of its kind commissioned by the Australian Copyright Council. Based on World Intellectual Property Organisation methodology, this research facilitates a comparison between Australia and other economies over time.  

The report shows that copyright industries continue to make a significant contribution to the Australian Economy.  

The PwC report found that copyright industries:  

  • Employed over 1 million Australians (approximately 1,022,000 people), which constituted 8.6 per cent of the Australian workforce.   
  • Generated economic value of $122.8 billion, the equivalent of 7.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). 
  • Generated just over $6.6 billion in exports, equal to 2.7 per cent of total exports.  
  • Copyright industries are the 3rd biggest industry in the Australia economy.    

The PWC report was launched at the Copyright Law and Practice Symposium on the 12th October 2017, and is now available to the public.

For more information and to view the report:

APRA AMCOS announces new Chief Executive Officer


The APRA Board of Directors has today announced that Dean Ormston will succeed Brett Cottle as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer when Brett steps down on 30 June 2018.

Dean currently heads APRA AMCOS’ Member Services division and has over 20 years’ experience with the organisation in both member services and licensing areas. He holds a Bachelor of Education in Music, a post-graduate qualification in marketing and is a graduate of the High Potentials Leadership program at Harvard University.

APRA’s Chair, Jenny Morris, said: “The APRA Board is thrilled to announce Dean’s appointment to this crucial role. Dean has for many years been a brilliant and highly respected member of APRA’s senior management team. We have no doubt that Dean will bring a fresh and innovative approach to leadership, while building on, and safeguarding, the strengths and traditions of the organisation.”

In warmly welcoming the appointment, AMCOS Chair, Ian James, said: “Among Dean’s many skills is his wonderful ability to communicate the importance of music and to advocate the case for music creators in government circles. His recent experience in that role will stand the two collecting societies in excellent stead moving forward.”

Outgoing CEO Brett Cottle noted that “the Board could not have chosen a better or more qualified leader for the organisation. Apart from being tremendously capable, hard-working and dedicated, Dean is a fantastic person. He will provide great vision and inspiration for the extremely talented workforce we have at APRA AMCOS, and most of all place the members’ needs first and foremost in all circumstances.”

For more information, see



2017 APRA Silver Scroll Awards winners announced


The 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Awards winners have been announced at a ceremony held at Dunedin Town Hall, New Zealand.

Lorde has won the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award for her international hit song 'Green Light'.  The song was written by Ella Yelich O'Connor (SONGS Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing), Jack Antonoff (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), and Joel Little (EMI Music Publishing).

The award acknowledges excellence in songwriting and has been given to some of the most recognisable names and songs in New Zealand music during its 52 year history, from the Swingers’ ‘Counting The Beat’ and Bic Runga’s ‘Drive’ to Scribe and P Money’s ‘Not Many’.

Native Tongue Music Publishing composer Claire Cowan was awarded Best Original Music in A Series for ‘Hillary'.

Also on the evening, Dunedin Band The Clean were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The full list of award winners is available at:

Congratulations to all winning and nominated composers, songwriters and publishers!

The Price of Piracy campaign launched

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The Price of Piracy campaign mounted by Creative Content Australia (CCA) has been launched following the ruling by the Federal Court which orders Internet service providers to block websites that offer copyright-infringing content (Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Others). Orders were also made in a separate case lodged by Foxtel in the Federal Court.

Since the first site-blocking orders were made in December 2016, the Federal Court has ordered 65 piracy sites to be blocked, and over 340 domains. The decision confirms the creative industry's contention that pirate sites infringe copyright and harm copyright holders' ability to recoup their investment in film and television content.

Creative Content Australia has developed two TV spots featuring Bryan Brown - a 30-second and a 15-second version - which will screen in most cinemas, together with a significant presence on free-to-air and subscription television and on selected websites.

The Price of Piracy website is at:

2017 Art Music Awards - Winners Announced

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Composers, performers and educators have been announced as winners at the 2017 Art Music Awards held in Sydney on 22 August, jointly staged by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.  Together the winners represent the most outstanding contributions of 2016 across the genres of contemporary art music, contemporary jazz and experimental music in 11 national categories and 8 state / territory categories.  

Also at the Awards, the The Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) was presented to the legendary John Pochée OAM for his influential and visionary work as a jazz drummer and bandleader.

The list of winners is available at:

AMPAL congratulates all winners and nominees!

Australian Children's Music Foundation National Songwriting Competition Now Open!

The 2017 National Songwriting Competition entries are now open!

Every year, every student from every school across Australia is invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song for a chance to win prize-money that can be allocated towards musical equipment and tuition, as part of the ACMF’s annual National Songwriting Competition. The annual National Songwriting Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting. “Songwriting is a highly creative process. We want kids to free their imagination and engage with learning in a fun way” said Don Spencer, Founder & CEO.  

AMPAL is proud to once again be sponsoring the National Songwriting Competition.  AMPAL General Manager, Matthew O'Sullivan, remarked that "Encouraging the songwriters of tomorrow is extremely important, and AMPAL is very pleased to support the ACMF and the National Songwriting Competition, open to all school students in Australia.  We can't wait to hear the great songs that will be created."

Entries close 20 October 2017 and entry forms and other information is available at: 

Nominations for 2017 AMPAL Board Elections Now Open

In accordance with the Australasian Music Publishers' Association Limited (AMPAL) constitution, nominations for the position of board director can be received up until 60 days prior to the date of the annual general meeting (AGM).

The date for the 2017 AMPAL AGM is Wednesday 22 November 2017. Accordingly, nominations for the position of AMPAL board director must be received by the Company Secretary by no later than 5pm AEST Friday 22 September 2017.

Details of nominees will be provided to all eligible full members prior to the AGM and in accordance with the AMPAL constitution. The constitution is available at

For a copy of the AMPAL Board Nomination Form and to discuss your eligibility for nomination, please contact the AMPAL Company Secretary and General Manager, Matthew O’Sullivan, email

Australian and New Zealand music publishing industry valued at more than AUD$235 million

The 2016 survey of AMPAL members has valued the Australian and New Zealand music publishing industry at just over AUD$235 million for the year. The survey included data from the industry collective management society APRA AMCOS, but it only related to royalties flowing through to music publishing companies and did not include money paid directly to songwriters and composers. AMPAL members provided confidential information to auditors Rosenfeld & Kant who aggregated the data. 

Free Is Not Fair campaign launched

The Copyright Agency and other Australian organisations representing musicians, authors, visual artists, educators, screen producers and publishers have joined forces to mount the #FreeIsNotFair campaign in response to a push by Big Tech and large organisations to water down Australia’s copyright laws.

The campaign’s website features leading Australian creators, such as musicians Jimmy Barnes and Josh Pyke, actor, director and writer Leah Purcell, mambo artist and musician Reg Mombassa and award-winning authors Anna Funder, Michael Robotham and Hazel Edwards, and encourages people to write to MPs and Senators to voice concerns about recent proposals to overhaul Australia’s copyright laws..

See for more information.

Chris Butler elected new Chair of ICMP

ICMP (the International Confederation of Music Publishers) has elected Chris Butler, MPA UK, as its Chair taking over from Andrew Jenkins, Universal Music Publishing. At the meeting at MIDEM, the ICMP Board also elected its new Executive. Nicolas Galibert (CSDEM France) and Goetz von Einem (BMG) will serve as Vice Chairs, and Ralph Peer (NMPA US) and Rolf Budde (DMV Germany) as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

Chris Butler is the worldwide Head of Publishing at leading indie The Music Sales Group, Chairman of MCPS and a board member of PRS, ICMP and the UK MPA.

More information:

Applications for the Screen Music Awards now open

Applications are now open for the 2017 Screen Music Awards, presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.

Applications are open across ten categories:

Best Music for an Advertisement, Best Music for a Documentary, Best Music for a Short Film, Best Soundtrack Album, Best Original Song Composed for the Screen, Best Music For Children's Television, Best Television Theme, Best Music for a Television Series or Serial, Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie and Feature Film Score of the Year.

Applications Tuesday 11 July, 5pm AEST.

More information: 

APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle AM to step down in 2018

The APRA and AMCOS Boards have announced that long-standing CEO Brett Cottle AM will step down from the role in June 2018.

APRA Chair, Jenny Morris said:

After 27 years leading the organisation we quite understand why Brett has reached the point where he is keen to pursue other priorities in life. He will nevertheless be missed enormously by the Boards, Management, staff and membership of APRA AMCOS.

During Brett’s tenure, royalty collections and distributions have increased seven-fold and the organisation is now recognised as one of the world’s leading copyright collecting societies. 

In a career that began as the organisation’s first in-house counsel in the late 1970s, Brett has championed the cause of songwriters’ and composers’ rights for more than 40 years and instilled and sustained a culture of dedicated service within APRA and AMCOS, of which we on the Board are immensely proud.

AMCOS Chair, Ian James said:

The operational merger of APRA and AMCOS is today taken for granted, but when it was effected in 1997 Brett’s vision and leadership were critical to its success. The positive and productive spirit in which the two Boards have co-operated seamlessly ever since is testament to the culture created and fostered by Brett.

Internationally the organisation commands enormous respect, reflected in the fact that Brett is the only Australian to have been elected Chair of the International Confederation of Authors’ Societies (CISAC), a role in which he served for two consecutive terms.

In a statement to APRA AMCOS staff Brett said that he would leave with some sadness but enormous optimism about the future of the organisation; noting that 2017 financial results would again be at a record level. Having worked for both societies for over 40 years he noted that nobody is really entitled to such good fortune in their working lives.

While Brett will continue in the CEO role for the next 12 months, the APRA and AMCOS Boards have announced the appointment of the international recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson to undertake the search for a new CEO.

Said Jenny Morris:

We are determined to undertake the best and most thorough search to find the right candidate to fill this incredibly important job in the Australasian music industry, to ensure that the interests of Australia’s and New Zealand’s songwriters, composers and publishers continue to be represented in the ablest and most effective manner.

Entries now open for the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Awards

Entries are now open for the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Awards. The Awards celebrate New Zealand’s songwriters and composers. Alongside the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award, also presented on the night are the APRA Maioha Award, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and the APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. APRA will also honour those that have had a significant impact on New Zealand's life and culture with inductions into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The 2017 Awards will take place on Thursday 28th September at the Dunedin Town Hall.

2017 APRA Music Award Winners Announced

The 2017 APRA Music Award winners have been announced in Sydney on 3 March.

Harley Streten (Flume) (published by AMPAL members Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic) received three awards: Dance Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work for Never Be Like You feat. Kai and Songwriter of the Year.

The prestigious Song of the Year award was taken out by Oliver Perry (D.D Dumbo) (publishd by AMPAL member Mushroom Music) for his work Satan.  

Also on the evening, legendary songwriter, storyteller and activist, Archie Roach, was presented with the 2017 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

The full list of winners is available at:

AMPAL congratulates all its award winning members, all writers and award recipients!

Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music rock Canberra

AMPAL has attended the second Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music event at Parliament House along with APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA and other industry associations, and songwriters and artists Diesel, Montaigne, Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock), Megan Washington, Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) and Daryl Braithwaite. 

In Canberra to stress the importance of copyright and government support for the contemporary music industry, these songwriters performed in front of more than 300 staffers, senators and MPs.

The delegates discussed their views on why the Productivity Commission’s recent recommendations to expand Australia’s copyright safe harbour provisions and introduce a US-style ‘fair use’ exception into the Copyright Act are a blunt attack on Australia’s creative industries. General Manager of AMPAL, Matthew O'Sullivan, noted ''we urge the Federal Government to refer any proposed copyright safe harbour amendment to the Department of Communications and the Arts for a comprehensive review and evidence-based inquiry; and full consultation with the creative industries.'  

2017 APRA Music Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2017 APRA Music Awards have been announced, with AMPAL members' songwriter and composer partners receiving a range of nominations.  

Leading the nominations is Flume (Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic) with four nominations in the categories of Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year for both Say It and Never Be Like You

Sia (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) has received three nominations this year - Most Played Australian Work for Cheap Thrills and Pop Work of the Year for Alive and Cheap Thrills.

In the Song of the Year category, the nominees are:

Title: Adore
Artist: Amy Shark       
Writers:  Amy Shark / Mark Landon pka M-Phazes*
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing*                

Title: Come Home (Cardinal Pell)
Artist: Tim Minchin    
Writer: Tim Minchin            
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Navel Enterprises    

Title: Pool Party
Artist: Julia Jacklin    
Writer: Julia Jacklin            
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Title: Satan
Artist: D.D Dumbo    
Writer: Oliver Perry            
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Title: Skeleton Tree
Artist: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds    
Writers: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis            
Publisher:  Kobalt Music Publishing

The full list of nominees is available at:

The 2017 APRA Music Awards will be held in Sydney on Monday, 3 April.

AMPAL congratulates all its APRA Award nominated members!

Australian content industry units to reject Productivity Commission report

We are members of Australia’s content, creative and entertainment sectors, producing Australian work and telling Australian stories across media, screen, music, literature and the arts. 

Our sector makes a significant contribution to Australian culture, jobs and the economy employing hundreds of thousands of Australians to produce some of Australia’s best loved stories.  

We are united against the key recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s final report into intellectual property and copyright which are based on faulty premises and misunderstandings.

We support sensible reforms to the Copyright Act that benefit both Australian audiences and Australian creators. However, the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, including the introduction of a US-style ‘Fair Use’ exception and expansion of the Safe Harbour provision to Big Tech companies will make it easier for these large organisations to use Australian content without fair payment and will mean less production of Australian stories.

Australian creators have a right to receive fair payment for their work and Australian audiences have a right to take part in their own cultural life. The changes to Australian copyright laws being pushed by the Productivity Commission, large organisations and big technology companies will greatly diminish these rights.

The Productivity Commission’s report takes an unusually hostile approach towards Australian content rooted in a naivety about just how fragile the system is and what is necessary to encourage and support Aussie creativity. 

Intellectual property is an economic driver and facilitator of innovation. It enables the development and commercialisation of clever ideas and a return on investment in production, marketing and distribution.

This is why the report has united the Australian creative community like no other report in recent times.  If the Productivity Commission’s recommendations were implemented it would cause a serious reduction in the amount of Australian content produced.  A report by PwC says the implementation of some of their recommendations would smash GDP to the tune over 1 billion dollars.

The next generation of Australians should be able to grow up inspired by musicians like Jessica Mauboy and Jimmy Barnes, watching movies like Mad Max and Lion and TV shows like Home and Away and Offspring, reading books like Possum Magic and Cloudstreet and seeing art from people like Brett Whiteley and Tracey Moffatt.

We call on the Australian Government and parliament to rule out these proposed changes from the Productivity Commission.