Detailed Information




SONGS, a song-writing intensive, will combine leading South Australian music producers, emerging original artists and graduates from South Australia’s leading music education institute, the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music to write an original work each day. Producers, graduates and artists have the chance to work with new teams daily, producing new music and expanding their creative networks.

Final year students or graduates (up to 5 years from final year of study) from Elder Conservatorium of Music are invited to apply to participate in the immersive program, running from 27 September – 1 October 2021. Over the week, the artists will work with established producers including Adam Page, and Nic Wilson (EAST AV3) (with more to be announced soon) alongside contemporary songwriter/vocalists. This is rare opportunity to collaborate and connect with a diverse range of musicians and experience new music creation processes. Emerging artists who are not Elder Conservatorium graduates may apply for the program through NSS.

The song writing intensive model is based on the nationally renowned ‘50 Songs’ program run by Specific Music at Sydney’s 301 Studio’s and like founder Robert Conley said in The Music Network “…the musical outcomes are awesome, but what we love most is helping to build the community spirit.”

NSS has been supporting South Australian artists develop for over a decade and has played a role in the careers of high calibre artists such as Tkay Maidza, George Alice, TOWNS, MANE, Pinkish Blu, Teenage Joans and more.

The SONGS model has been running at NSS for the last 3 years, featuring producers such as Memphis LK, Luke Million, Lonelyspeck, Stellie, Bethan Madison, Dec and Fazz alongside artists Sonz of Serpent, Katie Aspel, Estee Evangeline, Marlon and Rulla, Sokel and Barnabas.

Writing teams will create a new track each day and present their work at a listening party each evening. By the end of the week the team will have created a 25 track body of work made available to participants on a private Soundcloud playlist.

Helpmann Academy is excited to join forces with NSS to extend this unique program, with the shared goals of:

  • building networks between creatives in South Australia
  • making space for musicians to create and grow as artists
  • exposing contemporary practice to emerging creatives
  • sharing new and exciting creative voices with the wider community


  • EOI’s open: Monday 9 August
  • EOI’s close: Thursday 2 September at 11:59pm ACST (Adelaide time)
  • Successful artists notified on Monday 6 September
  • Songs runs from 11am – 5pm, 27 September – 1 October 2021, at Northern Sound System (73 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth)


This program is open to final year students and graduates from The Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide.

  • Graduates must be within five years following their final year of study.
  • Honours students and graduates are eligible to apply.
  • Honours graduates must be within five years following their final year of Honours study.
  • Applicants must be 100% available from 11am-5pm, Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October 2021
  • Emerging artists who are not Elder Conservatorium graduates may apply for the program through NSS


The SONGS producer writes collaboratively with the selected artist(s) and is responsible for delivering a track with vocals to a reasonable demo standard each day. NSS in collaboration with Helpmann Academy will engage producers to deliver this service, providing the artists with the demo as an asset to develop as they see fit. All aspects of the future of the demo are negotiable regarding splits/marketing/mixing/mastering etc.

NSS and Helpmann have no interest in owning any mechanical or publishing copyright but would love to support safe passage of good art into the industry in a fair and loving manner.

The Northern Sound System is situated at 73 Elizabeth Way Elizabeth, a 35 minute drive north of the CBD. Lunch is provided for all participants on the first and last day with complimentary coffee, morning and afternoon tea each day.

NSS will provide 5 x studio spaces with monitoring, microphones and basic instruments. Producers generally provide their own laptops, audio interfaces and MIDI controllers. NSS is happy to provide any equipment required by the program participants within reason.

For more information contact [email protected]