Published on Wednesday 19 September 2018

Eight young artists will benefit from the new Young Talent Fund, a programme which supports the participation of young artists and performers in international platforms such as festivals, competitions, exhibitions and/or performances.

The first beneficiaries of the programme, aged between 10 and 17, include a classical musician who will participate in the Golden Classical Music Awards at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in November.

The fund will also support young ballet dancers’ participation at the YAGP semi-final in Paris in November, where they will be eligible for participation in the finals in New York and the possibility of a scholarship.   

“This programme complements Arts Council Malta’s vision of placing the arts and creativity at the heart of Malta's future,” stated Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. “At a time when young artists are still largely dependent on family support, this fund offers the same opportunities to all emerging artists, at a time when their talent and life choices are being shaped,” he continued.   

The Young Talent Fund aims to support the mobility of young creatives to explore, build networks and to engage in international collaborations, to encourage young creatives to actively engage in international platforms and to facilitate and expose young talent to other international practices.   

Through the programme, which deploys €18,000 for the current year, the artists will receive support to cover the implementation costs for projects with a maximum duration of one month between October 2018 and October 2019.   

Applications for the fund were selected on a competitive basis and each eligible application was evaluated according to established criteria, including the artistic merit of the project and the artistic relevance of the opportunity; the value of the platform and of the opportunity and the   professional and financial management of the project.   

“The fund is in line with Arts Council Malta’s focus on internationalisation,” said Arts Council Malta Executive Chairman Albert Marshall. Together with community exchange and diversity, business development, research, education and training, internationalization is one of the Council’s strategic aims as outlined in Strategy2020, the Council’s five-year strategy for the cultural and creative sectors.

“The fund also helps to address and implement one of Arts Council Malta’s goals as outlined in Strategy 2020, nurturing creative potential and supporting its development into professional activity.”

This programme was done in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Public Broadcasting Services, Spazju Kreattiv and Żfin Malta.

The names of the beneficiaries are: Pearl Calleja (16); Faye Griffiths (10); Filippa Gauci (14); Ana Tortell (17); Daniel Zak Borg (16); Pia Licari (12); Benjamin Spiteri (15); Andrea Riolo (13). 

Press release by the Ministry for Education and Employment and by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.