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TDP Mary Lopez Scholarship

2021 TDP Mary Lopez Scholarship recipients Chris Rose, Imogen Clark & Nicholas Gentile

The TDP Mary Lopez Scholarship is being offered by the Talent Development Project (TDP) for the first time in 2021 – the TDP’s 30th year.

This $10,000 scholarship is named in honour of Mary Lopez AM who co-founded the TDP in 1991 and created the unique TDP Training Program. Mary was the TDP’s Artistic Director until her retirement in 2018 and she has been instrumental in the nurturing, development and showcasing of Australian talent over a career spanning fifty years. Mary created the Schools Spectacular in 1984, which was the inspiration for the formation of the TDP in 1991.

It is intended that this scholarship will provide an opportunity for the career enhancement of a musician/performer who can demonstrate serious long-term commitment to their work, and, who needs such assistance to take the important next steps in their career development.

TDP LA Scholarship
In 2020, the TDP LA Singer-songwriter Scholarship was announced with two graduates selected for an all-expenses paid, two week trip.

Within the trip, performers attend the ASCAP Music Experience, the world’s leading gathering for music creators. This event immerses the artists in a multi sensory experience filled with powerful performances, educational panels and events that will connect them to pulse point of the music industry in LA.

During the second week, graduates are matched with APRA AMCOS ambassadors to collaborate in songwriting sessions and network within the music, producing and recording landscape. They also have the opportunity to meet with fellow TDP graduates and associates living in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, the 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID-19.

TDP ASM Global Nashville Scholarship

In partnership with ASM Global, the $10,000 Nashville Scholarship is offered annually to a TDP graduate.

This exciting scholarship gives the performer an opportunity to collaborate with producers, co-write with other musicians and record tracks during a two week trip to the legendary music city.

Since its induction in 2018, three graduates have been awarded this scholarship including Imogen Clark, Travis Collins and Brad Cox.

TDP NYC Scholarship

The New York Scholarship was established in 2006 and is available to graduates aged 18 to 24 years, in the field of Musical Theatre or Jazz.

This scholarship was conceived during discussions between Mary Lopez AM (TDP Artistic Director Emeritus) and Michael Kerker (ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

Each year two performers are selected to go to New York for several weeks to study and train with some of Broadway’s biggest names.

Performers have the opportunity to work with Michael Kerker as well as attend ASCAP workshops with musical theatre icon Stephen Schwartz.

TDP Cash Scholarships

TDP are pleased to announce the Scholarship Program which is awarded to five graduates each year. These cash scholarships will help performers as they navigate their way through the music and entertainment industry.

Whether it’s funding tour budgets, purchasing musical instruments or paying studio costs to record an album, the TDP are committed to assist turning dreams into a reality.

The cash amounts range between $3,000 and $5,000.

Apply now to be a part of the Talent Development Project

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