Local musician Keely Sliwka will spend more time in the studio and attend the CMAA Academy Junior Song Camp in Tamworth to help further her career thanks to the assistance of two arts grants.
At just 15 years old, Keely knows how much she still has to learn and said being successful applicant in the local Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant was a pathway to develop her passion for music.
“The RADF grant provides an opportunity for artists and musicians to obtain the skills, access training and support needed to further their career,” Keely said.
“The support of RADF has given me the opportunity to be mentored in marketing, social media and studio time.”
Keely also chose to use an amount of the RADF funding to gain grant writing experience that in turn helped her secure a Quick Response Grant through the Flying Arts Alliance.
Keely said the Flying Arts Alliance grant would assist in funding her to attend a program at The Academy of Country Music in Tamworth.
“As part of this grant, I will also be attending the CMAA Academy Junior Song Camp where I will be working on composing original music,” Keely said.
“I will be taking part in workshops and developing creative ideas from tutors and industry professionals.”
“I am looking forward to releasing my own music in the near future.”
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said grants were a fantastic way for local musicians and artists to develop their careers.
“We want to support initiatives that assist in providing support for growing the local arts community within the Bundaberg Region,” Cr Learmonth said.
“I encourage anyone thinking about applying for one of these grants to do so to further their career while learning a range of new skills.”
The local RADF program has two grant options, including quick response for monthly grants of up to $2000 and open rounds with no limit.
The current rounds available are:
• Community funding rounds for 2021/22 (Open Round) Round two
Closes 4 pm AEST Sunday 10 July 2022 (for projects commencing after 26 September 2022)
• Quick Response Grants – Round 8 – May 2022
Applications are open year-round and close on the last Friday of each month.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.
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