From Student To Artist

Talent Development Project in full swing. Image Credit: Scott Ehler
Jim Finn
| May 23, 2018

The recording of the 2018 Music: Count Us In (MCUI) Program Song has been completed. As well as working with student instrumentalists from The Arts Unit, Music Australia approached the Talent Development Project (TDP) to help find our lead vocalist for this year’s song.

TDP is a project which nurtures driven, talented musicians towards a professional career in the music industry. TDP provides a training program which is free for students and provides them with regular access to some of the biggest names in the music industry.

The program is geared towards year 11 and 12 students across a variety of musical backgrounds from singer songwriter to musical theatre, though it is about more than just talent. Only those who are driven enough to achieve a career in the music industry are selected to continue their professional training.

Students must audition for a place in the highly competitive program. This year there were 149 auditions for the 30 positions available for the first phase of the program. The bar is set incredibly high by the students themselves. Only the most determined and talented students continue to the program’s end which sees only around 10 graduate each year.

Students who are successful in gaining a position go into TDP two or three days a month to focus on their performing and songwriting. Music industry professionals give feedback on performances as well as engaging in one on one songwriting sessions. Students are encouraged to record each of the songs they’ve written at the in house studio.

Cooperation between students is highly encouraged. Human Nature is one of TDP’s many success stories which came about from four students getting together and singing harmonies one day. The McClymonts were also individually part of the program but later teamed up to sing as a group.  Other alumni of the TDP include Angus and Julia Stone, David Le’aupepe (Gang of Youths) and our very own Music: Count Us In ambassador John Foreman.

At the conclusion of the program TDP works toward securing a future for their graduates by connecting them with management companies, record labels and publishers to give them the best possible start in the industry.

The lead vocalist for this year’s MCUI Program Song is currently enrolled in TDP’s fantastic program and we can’t wait for you to hear her voice.

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