Nashville Songwriter Residency

The Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to announce the Nashville Songwriter Residency, inviting Australian songwriters to apply for a 3-month residency in Nashville under the guidance of Australian producer and Nashville resident Mark Moffatt. The initiative will provide funding of $15,000 towards flights, accommodation and living expenses.

Nashville hosts the highest concentration of music businesses of any U.S city, with more than 200 recording studios, 130 music publishers, 100 live music venues, and 80 record labels. The initiative will allow a songwriter the chance to immerse themselves in the Nashville music scene and to further develop their own artistic skills and industry networks and relationships.

“The Australia Council is really excited about the possibilities that this residency opens up,” says Matthew Hindson, Chair of the Australia Council Music Board. “Nashville is a hub for songwriting and Australians have a long and impressive history of writing great songs.”

The residency is the result of a partnership between the Australia Council’s Music Board and Nashville-based songwriter and producer Mark Moffatt. Mark Moffatt is a songwriter, producer, and resident of Nashville since 1996. As Director of A&R at Ten Ten until 2001 he worked extensively in the development of Keith Urban. His production credits include Keith Urban, the Saints, Yothu Yindi, the Divinyls, Neil and Tim Finn, Slim Dusty, Tony Joe White, and many others. Mark will work with the successful songwriter to establish a base of knowledge, relationships and business contacts within the Nashville music scene.

Applications for the residency will close 12 March 2012. More details about the Nashville Songwriter Residency are available here, or contact Australia Council staff member Andy Rantzen – a.rantzen@nullaustraliacouncil.gov.au or 02 9215 9115 .