The Training and Development Support Scheme is one of the tools to address and implement Arts Council Malta’s ongoing strategy, with a focus on nurturing creative potential and supporting its development into professional activity.
The program reflects the drive towards further professionalization of the cultural and creative sector and the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture among creative professionals. It provides opportunities to strengthen the knowledge base and strategies of cultural and creative enterprises. By investing in processes designed to improve the quality that is needed to generate artistic work of excellence, their goal is to support the development of a sustainable creative ecology, providing added value and job opportunities in the sector.
- The objectives of Strand 1 are:
- To support the continuous professional development of artists and cultural operators in
- exploring, developing skills, building networks and engaging in national and international
- To foster excellence in the fields of art and culture, and the advancement of knowledge and capabilities in such related fields
- To invest in training and increase opportunities for artists and creative professionals.
- To encourage professional intellectual growth and productivity
- To encourage creative professionals to continue building their skill sets and to engage in platforms both on a national and international level.
- The objectives of Strand 2 are:
- To support the development and mobility of young creatives through training opportunities, exploration, networking and engagement in international collaborations.
- To encourage and facilitate young creatives to expand their skills and actively engage in international platforms
- To enable the exposure of young talent to international platforms
- To facilitate networking with other international artists.
- Strand 1 supports the continuous professional development of Maltese or Malta-based artists, cultural operators and students who are active in the cultural and creative sectors and who seek to engage in short term professional training to improve their skills and advance their specialization.
- Strand 2 supports the development and exposure of young Maltese or Malta-based artists who are active in the cultural and creative sectors. The fund supports short term training opportunities which enhance, but do not substitute or subsidize, the students’ current formation programme. It also supports the participation of young creatives in international platforms; including but are not limited to festivals, competitions, exhibitions and/or performances.
Maximum eligible timeframe to implement the project: 12 months from the result notification date. Projects must, however, be implemented within a maximum of eight (8) months of the start date indicated in the application form.
Activities falling within the cultural and creative sector:
- Arts (literature, visual arts, music, performing arts, interdisciplinary)
- Creative Business Services (design, architecture, cultural tourism and cultural services)
- Heritage (crafts, traditional festivals and celebrations, cultural sites, antiques)
- Media (publishing and printed material, audiovisuals, including film and video production, film servicing, television, video games, radio, online media).
Applicants must be Maltese citizens or be in possession of a Malta residence permit, a Maltese citizenship certificate or a Maltese passport.
Applicants may be:
- Creative professionals/individual artists
- Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations)
- Groups, collectives and consortia
- Registered cooperatives
- Voluntary organizations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.
- Strand 1 is open to creative professionals, organisations, groups, cooperatives or companies active in the arts or students already undergoing formation in a creative or artistic field. In the case of students, the proposed program must be in line with their studies, however, it must not substitute or form part of their formal or informal formation programme. The beneficiary of the grant must be 18 years and over.
- Strand 2 is open to outstanding young artists who; by the date of the respective call’s deadline are between 8 and 17 years of age; are already undergoing formation within an artistic or creative field. Young creatives under the age of 18 will require a consent form signed by their legal representative clearly indicating the name and ID number of at least one parent or legal guardian.
For more information, visit https://www.artscouncilmalta.org/pages/funds-opportunities/schemes-2022/training-and-development-support-scheme/