Eleven different projects have received a total of €340,000 as part of the Programme Support Scheme.
Aiming to support artists in creating programmes of related actives with a common objective, the funding scheme by Arts Council Malta will include events, productions, performances, exhibitions, festivals, community culture, training, and development initiatives.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici held a press conference for the beneficiaries of the first call of the Programme Support Scheme.
He emphasised that the Government is committed to ‘create a sustainable cultural ecosystem. He explained that these types of schemes shall lead to a stronger cultural sector, which is crucial in a healthy society.’
“An enlightened society leads to a culture of openness, innovation and creativity” said the Minister. “I understand the hard work and unlimited voluntary hours these groups of people give to keep local traditions going—and that is why through schemes and other initiatives, we do our utmost to help and support them.”
Speaking at the event was the Director of Funding and Strategy within Arts Council Malta Mary Ann Cauchi.
She went on to say that “year after year, we are noticing that the projects submitted for support are pushing boundaries whilst exploring new grounds, something which indicates well for the sector. I’d like to encourage more artists and creatives to reach out to Arts Council Malta to explore the various resources and opportunities available for project growth”
This first call of the Programme Support Scheme covers programmes making place between May and November 2023. The call closed on 23rd of February 2022, and is one of thee calls spread throughout 2022. The programme aims to facilitate more financial and strategic flexibility, security, collaborations, innovative audience engagement, skills development and logistical service acquisition while minimising the risk of unexpected losses that occur due to unforeseen restrictions related to public health or related matters.
The beneficiaries under this call are YMCA, MADC, Teatru Salesjan, Centrestage Malta, Epiclectic Ltd, Charles Paul Azzopardi, Żugraga Dance Organisation, Glen Calleja, Għaqda Mużikali Immakulata Kunċizzjoni and Għaqda Nazzjonali Każini tal-Banda.