capacity builder. mentor. manager. creative thinker. creative planner. comms specialist. web developer. strategic planner. creative leader. QMA finalist song writer.

Ant has worked in music industry, creative and cultural development sectors in partnership with industry, not-for-profits and government of all levels, in Brisbane, across Southeast Queensland, throughout regional Queensland, interstate and internationally for 30 years

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“Ant McKenna has propelled my career as a filmmaker by connecting me with the right people and giving me insightful advice. I am so grateful for everything he’s done for my career and hope to make him proud.”

Lark Lee – Film Maker

“When I first started managing artists 11 years ago now, it became very clear, very quickly, that it was absolutely necessary to do everything possible to delve into the world of grants, to help make all our dreams and plans come true! I was incredibly lucky that someone at the time recommended Ant to me. He was an absolutely invaluable asset to our team at that time. Ant helped me get 2 grants for The Trouble With Templeton and 2 grants with Holy Holy, teaching me the skill of grant-writing every step of the way, so that I was then able to take over the grant writing myself. I still to this day ask Ant’s advice on grants I am writing. If I am ever unsure on the right approach, he always has the best advice. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.”

Jess Beston – Holy Holy

“Ant’s knowledge of the arts industry and government protocols combined with so much positivity make anything possible. Though I had little experience in the grant process, Ant happily broke down a seemingly insurmountable task into clear and achievable steps. His feedback and advice directly resulted in me securing a large grant and public gallery show. Ant’s enthusiasm instils confidence and has been a major contributing factor in achieving my goals.”

Kate Douglas, visual artist

“In 2021 I was successful in obtaining three Government arts grants, Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF), Arts Qld and Australia Council. This was largely due to my mentorship with Ant McKenna, who was able to advise me professionally and intuitively through the concepts, processes and deliverables for my arts project. Ant was able to interpret funding guidelines into easily communicable points that I was then able to address and tackle. He was available to edit and re-edit my work, providing suggestions and key points to address. Ant consistently provided the support I needed to get my project over the line, with a charming, positive and ‘go-get-em’ approach. Thank you Ant!”

Claire Reynolds, Photographer