Australian Event Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

In 2013, Mary received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Event Awards, the pinnacle awards program for the events industry in Australia. 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"


    "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 and Talent Director
    TDP Artistic Director and CEO
    Emeritus Director Schools Spectacular

    p: +61 (0)2 9954 5540



    "Mary Lopez is one of the most professional, dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic people I have ever met"
  • Bound For Broadway Documentary

  • 2011 TDP Graduation Screening on Aurora TV

    2011 Talent Development Project Graduation Spectacular

    Premiere Screening 6pm on September 24th

    Aurora TV, Channel 183 on Foxtel and Austar

    Aurora TV is the proud Broadcast Partner of the TDP