UPWARD Studios is lead by Robert Upward, a multi award winning and multi award nominated professional composer, producer, songwriter and recording artist. He has received awards and nominations from both AACTA and APRA and is signed with Mushroom Publishing. Robert’s expertise and respected position in the industry is reflected in his previous role as juror for the AACTA Awards and Tropscore, as well as supporting APRA in an advisory role. Robert’s expertise is wide ranging, from music for film, television and advertising, to writing and producing songs in a variety of genres that have been commercial hits both nationally and internationally for a number of artists. UPWARD Studios provide a full range of services to meet your musical needs.

Songwriting, Recording & Producing

Highlights from Robert’s successes in this field include:
  • Top Ten position in the Australian Charts for Dance pop act emaar who have had numerous commercial releases and extensive radio airplay. A finalist in the dance/electronica category of the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards in the US and semifinalist in the 2014 International Song Competition.
  • Extensive national Radio airplay with numerous artists
  • US college Radio top 30 with Shelley Segal
  • Written/ produced over forty commercial releases, including tracks on Gods Kitchen and Ministry of Sound
  • Written and produced for artists for The Voice and X-Factor
  • Songs from UPWARD Studios have been featured in film and
  • television, including the popular Home and Away and Neighbours



APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards, Best Music in a Documentary – Nominee, Docklands, Network 7

AFI/AACTA Awards, Best Documentary Series – Nominee, Immigration Nation SBS

2021 / 2022 America by Design season 1 & 2 TV series

2021 / 2022 Australia by Design season 1 & 2 TV series


Golden Stylus Awards, Best Sound in Advertising – Grand Prix

MADC Awards, Sound Engineering

Australian Writers and Art Directors Awards, Best Sound Design – Four time Winner

2021 “AGDA Award” Finalist for AQWA Shark TVC

2021 “Best Ads” RSM TVC


International Song Competition – Semi-Finalist

8th Annual Independent Music Awards, Best Dance/Electronica – Finalist, Stay

  • Commercial and radio success
  • Synching to film and television
APRA Screen Music Awards 2016

Nominee for Best Music for and Advertisement – nominee.

Film & Television

Feature Films
  • Fatal Honeymoon | Australian produced, international feature drama directed by Nadia Tass starring Harvey Keitel. Screened on Network Seven and Lifetime channel in United States.
  • Centre Place | International feature romantic comedy starring Sullivan Stapleton and John Waters. Screened in Europe/ US/Australia and across international in- flight entertainment.
  • America by Design | aired by ABC and CBS
  • Australia by Design | aired by Foxtel and Channel 10
  • Molly Meldrumn, The real Thing | Documentary aired Seven Network
  • Immigration Nation | AACTA nominated documentary aired on SBS network.
  • Our Little Secret | documentary, aired ABC.
  • Cactus Garden | Young adult television show aired on Network Ten.
  • Docklands | Documentary about growth and development of Docklands area, for the Seven Network. Robert received an APRA nomination for the score.
  • Out & About | Lifestyle television show, which aired on the Foxtel network in UK and on MTV United States.

Music for Advertising

UPWARD Studios are specialists in music for advertising, and have worked with some of the biggest global brands. Credits include:

  • Vic Roads
  • James Boags
  • Australian Film Institute Awards
  • AACTA Awards
  • L’Oreal Paris
  • Tissot
  • Swisse Vitamins
  • Cadbury
  • Country Racing Victoria
  • Forty Winks
  • Anaconda
  • Red Rooster
  • Retravision
  • Herald Sun & HIA Homeshows
  • NAB
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Mitsubishi
  • City of Melbourne
  • Village

View Robert’s bio at Mushroom Music Publishing


In the media

“One of the true high points is the musical score. I could listen...over and over again” Rogue Cinema on Centre Place;

“Superb Score” The Weekend Australian (Graeme Blundell) on Immigration Nation.

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Marlon Grunden

Marlon is also one of the highly skilled young composers that work with UPWARD Studios.
Marlon has been working with Robert Upward for over 3 years.
His talent is an exceptional add to UPWARD
Please check his website and work.

View Marlon Grunden's Portfolio