Make a difference these school holidays. Join us for a 3 day holiday program where you will team up with other 8 to 18 year-old kids and celebrities to create a surprise music video to a terminally ill child's favourite song. You will collaborate with industry professionals from Universal Music and videographers from MTV to learn about the music industry while making a difference.

We need kids with energy who love to have fun and want to inspire a child struggling with a life-threatening illness.

 

Meet the kids. Choose a date.

 
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Chloe Saxby

Chloe is a beautiful 7 year-old girl who was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure or treatment available. The extremely rare brain condition called Vanishing White Matter Disease has claimed her ability to walk and will cause her to die at an early age if a cure isn’t found. With only seven people in Australia battling the disease, there is no government or pharmaceutical funding. Without a cure, Chloe will experience a lot of pain and suffering, lose her ability to see, hear, eat, experience mental retardation, spasticity and die, usually before reaching her teenage years.

Production Dates: 15-17 January, 2018
Favourite Song: Unveiled during production

 
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Mielle “Milly” Dale

When Mielle turned 4 years old her parents noticed she was running out of energy fast. After a series of medical tests, Mielle was diagnosed with Leigh Syndrome, which is a type of Mitochondrial disease that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. With no cure, Mielle's family desperately flew to the USA for an experimental drug program that separated the family for 12 months and cost over $100,000. Despite their best efforts, there is still no known cure, and Mielle's family continues to raise money for research. 

Production Dates: 16-18 April, 2018
Favourite Song: Unveiled during production

 

Invite your friends. Make new ones.

 

Children with a life threatening illness need as much support as possible. They love seeing lots of kids singing, dancing, and cheering for them in their music video. That's why we try to include as many school-aged kids as possible. Then we invite celebrities to join us and make it more special.

Check out the video we made for Annika in April 2017. Then, check out her reaction when she sees it for the first time. We teamed up fun, energetic kids with celebrities In Stereo from Warner Music, Greg Gould from Australia's Got Talent, and celebrity singers Harmony Lovegrove, Trinity Young, and Olivia Swinton from The Voice Kids.

 

3 days. Have fun. Do good.

 
 Universal Music Forbes Street Studios 150 William St. Woolloomooloo NSW 2011  Map It

Universal Music Forbes Street Studios
150 William St. Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Map It

Join us for three jam-packed, fun-filled days:

  • Day 1: Meet the child who will serve as your inspiration, and learn their story. We will also unveil their favourite song. We will rehearse the song as a group, assign solo parts, learn harmonies, descants and practice, practice, practice!
     
  • Day 2: Record the song at Universal Music, Forbes Street Studios and work with some of Australia’s top producers signed with Sony, Universal and Warner. Spend the afternoon story boarding the music video, choreographing moves, planning wardrobe, props and so much more. 
     
  • Day 3: Film the music video with videographers from MTV on location. Have your hair and make-up done by professional make-up artists and create memories that last a lifetime! Parents will join us at the end of the day for a sneak peak of the music video, nibbles and stories.

We bring in celebrities from The Voice, X-Factor, Australia's Got Talent and signed recording artists to lend their talents to the music video.

 

Hear from kids who have done it.

 
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UPNext is a fantastic experience, which allows you to bring out your creative side and have lots of fun. I absolutely love doing it.
— Isabel Y.
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I met friends from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and even London. I regularly text them and can’t wait for the next school holiday!
— Angus S.
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When UPNext asked us to participate, we were on tour, but couldn’t let the opportunity pass us up. We love helping kids and will do everything we can to make a difference in their life.
— IN STEREO
 

You're up next. Reserve your spot.

3 days. $450.

Regular price: $495. Special price for Ella's List readers: $450.
Space is limited. Our Inspire Music Video programs fill up fast.
Select from available dates and locations during sign up.

 

Questions? Here are some we commonly get.

 

I am not a singer. Can I still sign up?
Yes. We want kids with all different talents! We are looking for singers, dancers, athletes or kids that can do cool tricks in the videos. We try to showcase each kid's talent, while creating a group synergy that is fun and contagious. No matter your skill, we need you! Everyone can make a difference and uplift a kid with a life-threatening illness.

How does the Inspire Music Video program run?
Each program runs for 3 consecutive days. Some classes start on a Monday and finish on a Wednesday. Some classes start on a Tuesday and finish on a Thursday. And some start on a Wednesday and finish on a Friday. Not all options are available for every school holiday or location. Available options are shown during sign up.

How do I choose what day to start?
Most kids make their decision based on what works best for their schedule and what terminally ill child they want to help the most. Then, it comes down whether there is space available. That's why we encourage kids to sign up early so they get the dates they want.

What times do we start and finish each day?
The first two days, we start at 9 am and finish at 4 pm. On the last day, we film. Sometimes we start earlier than 9 am to get the best sun. But, that depends on weather and filming location. We will keep you updated during program week. Also, on the last day, we invite parents to come view the screening at 4 pm and join in some nibbles.

Will we meet celebrities?
You might. It depends on their schedule. Sometimes we have to record and film them outside of our regular program hours. Sometimes they are on tour and we have to fly them in and film in the middle of the night. But, you will definitely be in the final music video with the celebrity.

Can my friends come?
Yes. We encourage you to invite your friends to sign up with you because it is such a wonderful experience to share together. Just make sure that you coordinate your sign up with your friends so that everyone gets registered for the same dates.

Can I nominate a child with a life-threatening illness?
Yes. Just fill out the online nomination form.
 


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