Published on Friday 18 March 2016

During Budget 2016, Government announced a new measure to encourage further partnerships between Malta’s business community and the cultural sector.

Photo: Carl Watt by Eoin Carey 

During Budget 2016, Government announced a new measure to encourage further partnerships between Malta’s business community and the cultural sector.

Through this measure, companies giving donations to non-profit cultural organisations, public cultural organisations or to Arts Council Malta as an intermediary on behalf of a beneficiary, may claim the amount donated at 150% against the income for the year of assessment when the donation was made. The maximum tax deduction is capped at €50,000. This incentive is effective as of 1st January 2016.

Incentive guidelines and application forms will be available following the official launch of the incentive on 30th March 2016.

An information session for businesses interested in finding out more about this scheme will be held on 30th March 2016 at 2pm at Malta Enterprise. During this session, guest speaker Carl Watt (Arts & Business Scotland) will discuss why it’s important for businesses to support culture and the arts. Email by 28th March to book your place. Free attendance. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Carl Watt - Head of Programmes, Arts & Business Scotland

Carl Watt is Head of Programmes at Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS), an independent Scottish charity which acts as a conduit between the cultural and business sectors, helping to nurture the creative, social and commercial relationships that will enrich creativity and cultural engagement across Scotland.

Carl’s role is to support capacity building in the cultural, public and private sectors, particularly in the areas of sponsorship and fundraising, knowledge transfer through programme development and delivery. He also manages the New Arts Sponsorship (NAS) Grants programme. Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and administered by A&BS, the programme encourages businesses to sponsor cultural activity within Scotland and supports arts organisations in building new business sector partnerships.

Carl began his career developing international trade and public exhibitions held at the SECC in Glasgow. He then went on to become a PR, marketing and business development consultant working with various arts and cultural organisations including The Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Fife, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and Benchmark Film Company. He was also contracted by SportScotland to review the application process and manage Sportsmatch Scotland, a programme for sports organisations similar to the New Arts Sponsorship (NAS) Grants programme.

For seven years Carl worked for Museums Galleries Scotland (formerly Scottish Museums Council). As Head of External Relations his portfolio included overseeing stakeholder communications, a rebranding of the organisation, developing tourism potential and developing new promotional and educational programmes delivered by museums and galleries across Scotland. He was also invited by Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand National Museum service to deliver a series of engagement days across both islands promoting two initiatives developed for Museums Galleries Scotland.