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Songwriters should get paid

Artists, no one needs reminding, scramble to survive financially. Musicians in some ways are luckier than artists working in other disciplines because at least they have a body in place to help them claim royalties.

Australian songwriters who play live can submit performance reports to the Australian Performing Rights Association by July 31 to get paid for their work during the previous year. APRA AMCOS says that last year $6.75 million in live performance royalties was distributed to 6000 APRA AMCOS members who lodged performance reports on time.

Sarah Thompson from the Melbourne band Camp Cope said live performance royalties are not just about money.

“I think it helps to make you feel as though you’re getting somewhere. Often the music industry can feel like a hell of a lot of work for very little reward, so it’s nice to see something physical for the work you put in,” she said.

To help songwriters submit their performance reports before the July 31 deadline, APRA AMCOS is holding free workshops around the country to help with submissions..

APRA AMCOS PERFORMANCE REPORTS WORKSHOPS

ADELAIDE
Wednesday 12 July, 4pm-6pm
APRA AMCOS Office, Suite 29, 8-20 O’Connell St, North Adelaide
RSVP to sa@apra.com.au
Facebook event

PERTH
Wednesday 12 July, 4pm-6.30pm
APRA AMCOS Office, Suite 1, 12-20 Railway Rd, Subiaco
RSVP to wa@apra.com.au
Facebook event

DARWIN
Wednesday 19 July, 4pm-6pm
APRA AMCOS Office, Lvl 1, 29 Cavenagh St, Darwin
RSVP to nt@apra.com.au
Facebook event

BRISBANE (18+ event)
Wednesday 19 July, 5pm-7pm
The Zoo, 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
RSVP to qld@apra.com.au
Facebook event

MELBOURNE (18+ event)
Tuesday 25 July, 6pm-8pm
The Tote, 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood
RSVP to victas@apra.com.au
Facebook event

SYDNEY (18+ event)
Wednesday 26 July, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Young Henrys, 76 Wilford St, Newtown
RSVP to writer@apra.com.au
Facebook event

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