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Where do APRA|AMCOS Songwriters call home?

Andy Sarkozy
| January 19, 2016

Ever wondered where the majority of Blues and Roots songwriters live? Or where the cultural hotspots are for songwriters across the country? APRA|AMCOS, Australia’s largest and oldest copyright collecting agency has released its Annual Songwriter Postcodes report for 2014. It identifies the areas where songwriters of various genres call home and create their music; from Sydney’s Darlinghurst to Queensland’s Darling Downs.

All of the top 10 postcode areas/suburbs were metropolitan and inner city with the majority in Sydney or Melbourne with young people dominating these areas.

Acclaimed as one of the world’s Most Musical Cities in 2014, it may come as no surprise that Melbourne dominated the top songwriter rankings, claiming 15 spots in the top 30; all in Melbourne’s inner city. Brunswick dominated the top spots for the majority of genres including Pop Rock, Alternative, Blues & Roots, World, Country, Metal, Folk and Classical. Brunswick has also superseded Newtown/Enmore in NSW, winning the number one place in the Metal genre.

The majority of Screen composers and Urban songwriters still call Sydney’s Bondi home which also represents a strong number of Electronica/Dance songwriters alongside Sydney’s Darlinghurst/Surry Hills. Overall, Newtown/Enmore has taken over the baton from Bondi as the top-ranking songwriter suburb for NSW.

Of all the states and territories, Queensland came in third with two postcodes featuring in the top 30; West End/South Brisbane/Highgate Hill and, over the river, Kelvin Grove/Red Hill. Queensland has grown the most over 2013-2014 with Toowoomba being the 4th highest growing postcode nationally.

While Melbourne and Sydney have claimed the majority of the highest rankings, the report highlights growth across the country and illustrates the importance of creative hubs for songwriters and artists to develop and create their art.

For the full report, head to the APRA|AMCOS website

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