Indigenous Program

The Talent Development Project is committed to providing equal opportunities for all young performers from across New South Wales, including Indigenous students.

TDP Artistic Director Emeritus, Mary Lopez AM, has consistently worked hard to discover talented indigenous performers and bring them into the TDP. Understanding how difficult access is for many Indigenous students in remote parts of New South Wales, the TDP makes a great effort to provide assistance and ensure these students can join their city counterparts and follow their music dreams.

Many TDP Indigenous graduates are finding great success in the music and entertainment industry.

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Indigenous students can become part of the TDP by:

  • Nominating for the Core Program through their school and a live audition.
  • Being discovered through attendance at regional Indigenous workshops
  • Direct application to the Talent Development Project

The TDP Wilcannia Project

The TDP continues its commitment to providing opportunities for Indigenous Australians to enter a career in the entertainment industry by introducing a project to unearth Indigenous talent in regional NSW, specifically within the township of Wilcannia.

The ‘Wilcannia Project’ – proudly sponsored by The Dick Smith Foundation – will see three Indigenous TDP performers presenting a showcase to the Wilcannia Central School and local community to introduce the TDP and hopefully inspire some local performers to raise their hands to express interest in furthering their talents and career within the performing arts industry.