Sponsor Testimonials


“APRA AMCOS is a proud sponsor of the Talent Development Project, especially helping in the growth of the number of songwriters that have come through the process and have successfully carved themselves a career in the music industry. TDP is invaluable for these songwriters as they gather a wealth of experience not only in the songwriting process, also showcasing their material to live audiences and industry representatives. The graduates are always of the highest standard and TDP gives opportunities rarely offered in the industry for young upcoming performers and songwriters.”

Milly Petriella
Director of Membership, APRA AMCOS


“ClubsNSW is a long time Platinum Sponsor of the Talent Development Project. Entertainment has been a key part of the club industry since our very first clubs opened more than 100 years ago. TDP is an incredible initiative that encourages young people to follow their dream of making a career from music. TDP does this by providing these budding superstars with access to the experience and expertise of professional entertainers and tutors. It also gives participants the opportunity to not only learn new skills but to forge friendships with students and industry professionals who share their passion for music. ClubsNSW looks forward to continuing our relationship with TDP over the coming year and thanks all involved for their time and effort developing our entertainers of the future.”

Anthony Ball
Chief Executive Officer, ClubsNSW

Sony Foundation

“The Sony Foundation is very pleased to be sponsors of the TDP. The skills and the creative environment Mary Lopez and her team provide to the students is world class. The talented artists that TDP discovers and develops are very well placed to achieve leading careers in many areas of the entertainment industry. Human Nature and Paulini, who have established premier recording artists credentials with SONY BMG, are two fine examples of the TDP program.”

Denis Handlin AO
Chairman & CEO Sony Music


Variety provides a number of TDP students, who face some form of financial hardship, with support for travel and other expenses. The following is a testimonial about two students who have received Variety support.

Melanie Dyer
Melanie is a recipient of a Variety children’s charity music scholarship, which are awarded to help nurture and promote talented youngsters whose careers may otherwise falter because of their personal or family situation. Melanie hails from a tiny rural hamlet in central western NSW, and despite her geographical isolation has developed as a wonderfuly gifted and dedicated country music vocalist and songwriter. She has been a standout performer at the Schools Spectacular, her song Life on the Land chosen as the anthem of the National Drought Appeal in 2008. In 2010 she also wrote and recorded Maybe on Mercury, which she performed at the Talent Development Project’s graduation concert in July. Melanie was awarded a second year Variety scholarship in 2010, and in partnership with the Talent Development Project, Variety is absolutely thrilled to have played a role in helping ensure she continues to entertain and delight audiences wherever she performs.

Nathan Lamont
Also a Variety scholarship recipient, Nathan is a highly energetic and spectacularly enthusiastic performer who knows nothing less than one hundred per cent as an artist. A singer, songwriter and vocalist, he more recently expanded his studies to include ballroom dancing, and like fellow Talent Development Project student and Variety scholarship winner Melanie Dyer, Nathan comes from a rural background. Although only 17 years-old, he has chalked up an impressive list of country music awards and successes, including a Troy Cassa-Dalley Award, with one critic even suggesting he is a budding Keith Urban. Quite a rap. His spectacular performance as a featured artist in the 2010 Schools Spectacular was absolutely brilliant and Variety, the children’s charity is proud to have awarded Nathan a second year scholarship to enable him to continue his studies. Like Melanie, he is a show-stopper.

Allan Edworthy
Chairman, Scholarships Program
Variety, the children’s charity (NSW)