Northern Rivers singer songwriter Lionheir.
Northern Rivers singer songwriter Lionheir. Contributed

Musicians paradise: North Coast is songwriter’s mecca

THE NORTH Coast is one of the most attractive places in Australia for songwriters to live outside Melbourne and Sydney.

The latest postcode survey of songwriters run by copyright collection agency APRA AMCOS has ranked Lismore and Byron Bay in the top 30 postcodes in Australia for songwriters, describing the region as "the biggest honeypot for writers outside a major metropolitan city".

The Lismore and Byron Bay postcodes, which together boast just 55,000 residents, ranked 14 and 20 respectively on the list.

The rankings were dominated by the edgy inner city suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney - but impressively, Lismore and Byron Bay were the only regional postcodes to make the list other than Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.

Lismore's ranking of 14 on the overall list was down by one spot from 2013, Byron Bay more than made up for it by shooting up by six spots.

In fact Byron Bay was ranked eighth on the chart for absolute growth in songwriters.

The Byron Shire is officially home to the most number of New Age artists in the country, with Byron Bay (2481) followed by Mullumbimby (2482) beating out Brunswick in Melbourne as the top postcodes for New Age songwriters.

Byron also ranked eighth in the gospel category, and ninth in children's music.

Lismore boasts a more diverse songwriting pool than Byron Shire - ranking third for children's music, sixth for folk music, eighth for world music, and 10th for New Age.

The postcode survey only takes into account songwriters who actually earned an income from their career in the 2014 year, which are drawn from the APRA AMCOS agency's 87,000 members.