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  • Mary Lopez
    that she is devoted to providing an equitable chance for all talented Australians to follow their music and entertainment dreams this passion and commitment has helped to shape the current Music and Entertainment Industry and is reflected in the almost 60 significant and spectacular productions she has staged over her career This passion for equity also led Mary to create the Talent Development Project TDP and the Bound For Broadway Scholarships which gives all gifted youth regardless of background a platform to develop and showcase their talent For her incredible creativity innovation and dedication to Australia s iconic Music Entertainment and Events culture Mary has been the recipient of many honors namely the Australian Event Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 The Australasian Performing Right Association APRA Awards Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music 2012 Qantas Credit Union Arena formally Sydney Entertainment Centre Diamond Appreciation Award and place in their Hall of Fame 2011 University of Western Sydney Honorary Doctorate of Letters 2010 Variety Humanitarian of the Year Award 2007 Australian Government Honor Member of the Order of Australia 1999 The Mary Lopez Medal was also created in 2014 by the Department of Education and Communities to be given annually to a recipient s in recognition of their contributions of Outstanding Significance to the Schools Spectacular You would be hard pressed to find another individual who has sustained such a strong commitment to the performing arts or who has provided more opportunities for the creative expression of young Australians Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver She has given her efforts and energies relentlessly and productively to promote young people in a way that breaks down cultural ethnic geographic and age barriers Alan Jones AO Broadcaster Radio 2GB Chairman of the Talent Development Project Board

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  • » About Mary Lopez AM Mary Lopez
    youth performers symphony orchestras massed choirs combined bands and special effects displays most notably apparent in the Schools Spectacular created by Mary in 1984 in which she still plays a vital role as Emeritus Director Artistic Director for soloists and consultant Mary has continually shown that she is devoted to providing an equitable chance for all talented Australians to follow their music and entertainment dreams this passion and commitment has helped to shape the current Music and Entertainment Industry and is reflected in the almost 60 significant and spectacular productions she has staged over her career This passion for equity also led Mary to create the Talent Development Project TDP and the Bound For Broadway Scholarships which gives all gifted youth regardless of background a platform to develop and showcase their talent Click Here for Mary s full biography Awards and Achievements The Australian Event Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 The Australasian Performing Right Association APRA Awards Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music 2012 Qantas Credit Union Arena formally Sydney Entertainment Centre Diamond Appreciation Award and place in their Hall of Fame 2011 University of Western Sydney Honorary Doctorate of Letters 2010 Variety Humanitarian of the Year Award 2007 Australian Government Honor Member of the Order of Australia 1999 The Mary Lopez Medal created by the Department of Education and Communities to be given annually to a recipient s in recognition of their contributions of Outstanding Significance to the Schools Spectacular 2014 Testimonials Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a

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  • » Biography Mary Lopez
    respected music industry training program In 1991 Mary devised the TDP training program which prepares exceptionally gifted young performers for careers in the music and entertainment industry She has been Artistic Director of this unique scheme ever since Using the experience and guidance of a range of volunteer contemporary industry professionals from varying fields Mary s training program provides unique career development opportunities to public school students from the smallest NSW country towns to the city Mary s ability to identify the potential in young performers is evident in the success of the program Some of the star TDP Graduates include recording artists Human Nature Angus Julia Stone and Paulini Music Director and Composer John Foreman Hi 5 star Nathan Foley Jazz singer Emma Pask Music Theatre stars David Harris Trevor Ashley Julie Goodwin and Lucy Maunder and a host of award winning country music performers including Darren Coggan Felicity Urquhart Drew McAlister Jedd Hughes Travis Collins and The McClymonts Read more about the Talent Development Project Bound For Broadway Scholarships Mary was instrumental in creating the Bound for Broadway Scholarships in conjunction with Michael Kerker Assistant Vice President Musical Theatre Cabaret for The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers ASCAP These scholarships enable outstanding TDP graduates to attend music theatre workshops in New York conducted by some of Broadway s leading names receive private and individualised tuition by current industry professionals and further develop the skills required to break into the Musical Theatre and or Jazz Industries Since its inception in 2006 more than fifteen TDP graduates have travelled to the US where they have received intensive training and development and had the opportunity to perform for influential audiences in New York and Washington The Bound for Broadway scholarship program continues to bring the TDP and its graduates to international attention Other Major Productions The focus of Mary s work has always been to create and direct productions that are inclusive of those groups commonly left out of standard expressions of Australian cultural life Her work has consistently featured and promoted the richness of Australia s Indigenous peoples and cultures the abilites of disabled groups and the cultural diversity of ethnic minorities It is this passion for inclusivity and diversity that makes Mary s productions unique Mary has been responsible for dozens of other major public events including but not limited to An Australian Christmas at Darling Harbour the NSW Premier s Concert the World Indigenous People s Conference Opening and Closing Ceremonies the Australia Day Concert at the World Expo in Tsukuba Japan the Papal Welcome and Celebration for the Beatification of Mary MacKillop and Jubilee 2000 at Sydney Super Dome featuring more than 2 000 young performers from Catholic schools Read more about Mary s Other Major Productions Recognition Mary s development of talented young Australian entertainers and her contribution and service to the performing arts was recognised in her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 1999 Nominated by community

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  • » Australian Event Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ Mary Lopez
    This award recognises an individual that has made a remarkable contribution to the Australian Events Industry over a sustained period of time making a significant contribution to events in Australia and in so doing have done much for the way Australia is perceived overseas The Australian Event Awards Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to recipients for their incredible creativity innovation and dedication to Australia s iconic events culture In outlining the reasoning for this award the Australian Event Awards noted Mary s passion for nurturing talented young people which led her to be the founding Producer and Director of the Schools Spectacular directing the Schools Spectacular celebration of Public Education for 25 years and continuing to be involved as Emeritus Director In addition they mentioned the development of the Talent Development Project TDP in 1991 assuming the role of Artistic Director of this unique program since its inception which prepares exceptionally gifted young performers for careers in the music and entertainment industry They also noted her instrumental role in creating TDP s Bound for Broadway scholarships in conjunction with the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers ASCAP Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver John Williamson Country Singer Mary loves Australia and this love shines through in everything she does Father Chris Riley In the words of Batchelor Girl Mary encourages and gives our kids permission to shine Human Nature Mary believed in us she nurtured us developed our talent She s always there for us

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  • » Honorary Doctorate of Letters (honoris causa) from The University of Western Sydney Mary Lopez
    best they could be In 1984 she created the concept for the first Schools Spectacular Mary directed this massive celebration of performing arts and education starring more than 3 000 public school singers dancers musicians and teachers for 25 years Despite having retired as the Director of the Schools Spectacular in 2008 Mary is still providing advice to the organisers of what is now the most successful education event in the world in the position of Emeritus Director I am stunned and thrilled an academic institution such as the University of Western Sydney has recognised the importance of the Schools Spectacular and its social historical and educational value Mary said Mary with TDP Graduates Angel Tupai Shannon Brown Lorenzo Rositano Further inspired by the extraordinary talents of NSW public school students in 1991 Mary developed the framework of the Talent Development Project TDP Through the TDP Mary levels the playing field for all aspiring young performers training the elite from public schools around the state and providing them with a start in the entertainment industry Successful artists who owe their start to Mary include Human Nature Paulini John Foreman and country music stars Felicity Urquhart Darren Coggan and The McClymonts All of us who have been involved with Mary through the TDP know how well deserved this accolade is and what a truly significant contribution Mary has made to the discovery development and direction of talented young people said TDP Chairman Matthew Macdougall Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and

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  • » Member of the Order of Australia Mary Lopez
    to recognise by national honour those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities and ultimately our country The Governor General approves appointments and awards in the General Division on the recommendation of the Council of the Order of Australia The second purpose of the Order of Australia is that it serves to define encourage and reinforce community standards national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community While endeavour may have been sustained over many years as in Mary s case in essence membership of the Order of Australia is not an award for long service but for outstanding service Mary s success as a producer director emanates from her flair for capturing the spirit of Australia through themed productions in huge cast variety spectaculars and special performance events She has created over 60 major productions many of which have been televised She developed the direction concepts for the two annual productions the Schools Spectacular and an Australian Christmas In 1991 she created the Talent Development Project and assumed the role of Creative Director The program uses a unique teaching program devised by Mary which prepares outstandingly talented young Australians for a career in the music and entertainment industry Her personal belief in the talent of young performers has led her to devote all her working years to their development Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver John Williamson Country

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  • » Sydney Entertainment Centre Diamond Appreciation Award Mary Lopez
    in the Sydney Entertainment Centre Hall of Fame now recognised as the Qantas Credit Union Arena She was awarded The Diamond Appreciation Award for 20 years of passionate and inspiring service to the Talent Development Project live your dream and never ever give up This inspirational award was presented by the General Manager of the Sydney Entertainment Centre Steve Romer and is representative of the impact Mary has had on the wider Entertainment Community Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver John Williamson Country Singer Mary loves Australia and this love shines through in everything she does Father Chris Riley In the words of Batchelor Girl Mary encourages and gives our kids permission to shine Human Nature Mary believed in us she nurtured us developed our talent She s always there for us and we ll always be there for her Contact Details Mary Lopez AM Entertainment

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  • » The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards ‘Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music’ Mary Lopez
    at the 2012 APRA Music Awards The recipient of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music is chosen by APRA s Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for their contribution in shaping and developing the Australian music landscape The Award is named after Ted Albert whose company Albert Productions released records by The Easybeats AC DC and John Paul Young and has been bestowed upon some of Australia s most respected music heavyweights including Don Burrows Paul Kelly Slim Dusty Denis Handlin AM Triple J Bill Armstrong Michael Chugg and the late Jimmy Little Mary s passion for promoting and nurturing young people no matter what their circumstances continues to shine through after 30 years in the industry She has been responsible for more than 60 significant productions and helped identify and launch the careers of some of Australian music s best known performers The award also recognises Mary s ongoing work with the Talent Development Project of which she is Founder Artistic Director and CEO TDP Graduate Felicity Urquhart presented Mary with her award at the 2012 APRA Music Awards on Monday 28th of May 2012 Dawn Fraser AO Mary s given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know Paula Duncan I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia including Human Nature ALAN JONES AO Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver John Williamson Country Singer Mary loves Australia and this love shines through in everything she does Father Chris Riley In the words of Batchelor Girl Mary encourages and gives our kids permission to shine Human Nature Mary believed in us she nurtured us developed our talent She s always there

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