Here at Sony Foundation, we know all too well the value and importance of growth through the power of music which is why we are so proud to support the Talent Development Project (TDP) Foundation. TDP delivers an education and training program that successfully develops performance skills in aspiring young artists, who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to pursue their musical prowess. It cultivates young performers who, with training offered by the TDP, can increase their chances of establishing a career in the entertainment music industry.
For over 11 years, Sony Foundation has supported TDP and has seen a number of young students go on to achieve their dream of working in the music entertainment industry. Recently, TDP student, Martha Chess Phelps, a year 11 student from Sydney Secondary School, was selected as the lead singer for the ‘Music: Count Us In’ (MCUI) initiative.
MCUI is Australia’s biggest school initiative bringing teachers, parents, students and the music industry together in celebration of music education. MCUI starts and ends with the Program Song. The 2018 song was written by 5 student finalists who were selected from across Australia, mentored by Justine Clarke and Music Australia Program Ambassador and TDP Graduate John Foreman OAM.
“TDP gives me the unique experience to further explore my ability as a young singer/songwriter in the music industry. Because of TDP, I was able to take part in a recording session at Sony Studios, which was very exciting and enjoyable; full of learning and meeting new, creative people. Thanks to the Sony Foundation who partner the TDP giving students these incredible opportunities on their musical journey.” Martha Chess Phelps, TDP student
Recently, Martha, the student instrumentalists from The Arts Unit and mentors from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra all came together to record the 2018 Program Song at the Sony Music Studios in Sydney.
Congratulations Martha for your selection as the lead singer. With the finishing touches being put on the 2018 Program Song now, we can’t wait to hear the final product!