Keely Sliwka has joined Bundaberg Regional Council’s Spark Starter program with the hope of continuing to improve her skills and follow her passion for music.
The initiative gives locals the opportunity to work with project coordinators to showcase their performance talents, network with likeminded people, attend free workshops with professionals, work within the industry and fast track their careers.
At just 15 years old, Keely has already performed at a number of local events but joined the Spark Starter program in the hope of enhancing her skills even further.
“I applied for the program because of my passion for music,” Keely said.
“This program provides an opportunity to further my career and hone my skills in the music industry while also meeting likeminded people.
“I am looking forward to the workshops, building my skill set, collaborating with artists and professionals within the industry.”
Keely said music had been part of her life from a young age, with television shows such as The Voice and Australian Idol providing her inspiration to follow a career.
“I used to watch The Voice and Australian Idol when I was young and used to asked mum to let me go on The Kids Voice,” she said.
“My first singing lesson was at eight years of age with Jo Carr who mentored me and introduced me to the stage.
“I began guitar lessons at 10 years of age with Paula and Kane Gray.
“I am now 15 and perform locally, throughout Queensland and NSW and look forward to performing at The Gympie Music Muster 2022.”
Keely’s love for music is driven by seeing people enjoy her performances.
She recently performed at the EKKA Country Music Showdown and has a number of upcoming performances on the cards.
“What I love most about music is being able to connect to your audience, seeing someone enjoy your music and making someone smile,” she said.
“It is an incredible opportunity for up-and-coming artists to come together and be mentored by professionals in the industry and to have the opportunity to showcase their talent.”
You can find out more about Keely on Facebook.
The Spark Starter project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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