Kiwat Kennell is a proud Eastern Torres Strait Islander descendant from the islands of Ugar and Erub of the Meriam people and holds a Bachelor of Audio Production from the SAE Institute in Byron Bay.
Currently working as the Community and Projects Manager with Music Victoria, Kiwat’s background stems from over 10 years of on-the-ground industry experience working various roles including Audio Engineering, Production, Technical Stage Management and the former Owner/Operator of Kiwat Kennell Productions in Naarm (Melbourne).
As a performer he broke into the scene with his award-winning band Key Hoo, now pursuing a solo career, he has shared the stage and collaborated with artists such as the late Uncle Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, Alice Skye and Kee’ahn. Working in large venues and events across Melbourne, he has worked at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Forum, Revolver, Melbourne Arts Centre, Crown Casino Ltd and has extensive experience as a venue booker, performer and host of various local live music bars over the years, providing him with a grounding sense of what the industry is like, from start to finish.
With a focus on community engagement and a passion for First Nations representation in the industry, Kiwat enjoys assisting artists on their creative journey’s on-and-off stage and aim’s to help strengthen the integrity of performers through guidance and ongoing support, whilst still actively performing in the scene.