In 2021, Keren Mara completed a Bachelor of Music from Ara Institute of Canterbury and also released a single ‘Orange Baby’. Now the artist is working on new music, equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources to make her own. And this was made possible, in part, through a grant from the Ara Foundation.
“Through a $2000 grant from Ara Foundation I was able to finance assistance from producers and purchase some equipment, like a microphone, that I would need to elevate and improve my music production. I employed the help of tutors and students from Ara to develop these skills, so that I could be more self-sufficient in creating music I love. The grant one hundred percent made the difference in whether I could achieve my goal and produce my own single,” says Keren.
Her single, Orange Baby, explores the role of communication and how we can overcome challenges when communication is not open.
“The idea that two people might see the world differently and this could in turn create a barrier in communication was the concept behind the song. I also drew from my experience communicating with my nephew who has sensory issues and is in the process of being diagnosed as being on the spectrum. Ultimately when you love someone you will figure it out and work to overcome communication obstacles,” says Keren.
Now that Keren’s study is complete, she is focused on creating new music and improving her production abilities.
“I will be releasing singles throughout the year and sharing on my Spotify. To anyone thinking of applying for a grant I would say go for it. It was hugely beneficial and enabled me to create a beautiful project that I am very proud of,” says Keren.