The Professional Development Grant supports the continuous professional development of 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.

The programme reflects the drive towards further professionalisation 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, our goal is to support the development of a sustainable creative ecology, providing value added and job opportunities in the sector.

Who can apply?

The grant is open to individual artists; Groups, Collectives and Consortia; Voluntary Organisations; Registered Cooperatives; Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations).


The deadline to apply is  Tuesday 20th July 2021 at noon. Late applications cannot be accepted.


Click here to download guidelines and click here to download application form template.

Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021. To access past applications submitted until December 2020 you need to login on


Ranking Order

Reference Number: PDG36-21-099

Applicant: Rachel Gauci

Project Title: International Piano Course in France - 'Music at Château d’Aix’

Allocated funds (EUR): €1,589

The International Piano Summer Course is an annual course held by internationally renowned pedagogue, pianist, and author Professor Paul Roberts, in France. The intensive advanced class course conducted by Paul Roberts, James Kreiling and Janneke Brits includes intensive daily public masterclasses and individual tuition, followed by evening concerts. Furthermore, the course includes workshops and classes about about the psychology of performance. Throughout this course, the tutors will be focusing on major works composed by Liszt and Scriabin, as well as other core repertoire for piano.


Reference Number: PDG02-21-010

Applicant: Kristian Spiteri

Project Title: Orchestration

Allocated funds (EUR): €2,000

The course at Berklee College of Music will expose to traditional orchestration techniques as well as emerging issues specific to today's technology. The course begins with Orchestration 1 covering the technological considerations required to create modern day orchestral sounds: sample libraries, sequencing techniques, and different types of hardware set ups. From there, students will learn the characteristics and idiomatic writing techniques for each orchestral instrument family: strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion, as well as approaches for writing for full orchestra. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge to orchestrate music and apply this knowledge to both digital and live orchestral performances. Following Orchestration 1, the class shifts to Orchestration 2. Building on the techniques presented in Orchestration 1, Orchestration 2 equips students with advanced strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra.


Reference Number: PDG03-21-012

Applicant: Gabriel Luis Gordo Gaviria

Project Title: Advanced Steadicam Course

Allocated funds (EUR): €2,000

The “Gold” Workshop for Steadicam operators is a six-day training program for skilled camera operators held once a year in Tenerife. The workshop is held by high-level qualified award-winning Operators / Instructors with extensive international experience. Through this professional training experience, students obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to develop a specialized qualification that is currently in great demand in the sector. Participants will obtain an official certificate recognized by Tiffen, the world’s first Steadicam brand, together with Cartoni and Steadicam Action.


Reference Number: PDG35-21-098

Applicant: Yorika Attard

Project Title: Tileyard’s International Songwriting Camp in Marrakesh

Allocated funds (EUR): €1,947

This project will see Yorika Attard, an artist and songwriter, enhancing her songwriting skills and collaborating with other songwriters/artists/producers at an international 5-day residency. The Tileyard Education International Songwriting Camp in Marrakesh is a practical songwriting retreat for aspiring and established songwriters, artists, and producers. This camp requires all guests to participate in live commercial songwriting briefs, creating and producing songs which will then be submitted and pitched to music libraries and publishing companies. Joining the camp will be the acclaimed professionals Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Kate Bush), Andrew Kingslow (Lily Allen, John Newman, Beverley Knight), Tom Fuller (David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland, Take That) who will advise and collaborate with the participants. Each day participants will be placed in different groups, ensuring at least four new professionally mastered and mixed co-writes. This camp ultimately offers a unique and interactive experience for songwriters, and an opportunity to collaborate and write songs.


Reference Number: PDG20-21-055

Applicant: Marisha Bonnici

Project Title: American Ballet Theatre Summer Teacher Intensive

Allocated funds (EUR): €1,278

To facilitate the best teacher education nationally and internationally, ABT (American Ballet Theatre) created the Teacher Training Intensives aimed at specific levels and age ranges. In the Teacher Training Sessions, ballet teachers receive a holistic education in ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Providing teachers with the information needed to fully understand the best practices in pedagogy, child development, dance psychology, and anatomy. That is why ABT created the Teacher Training Intensives, in which ballet teachers receive a holistic education on the National Training Curriculum and the best practices in how to teach ballet.


Reference Number: PDG04-21-013

Applicant: Matthew Maggi

Project Title: Stella Adler Summer Conservatory

Allocated funds (EUR): €2,000

The course offers the opportunity for performers growth both as artists and as human beings. The program consists of a 10-week, 22 hour/week intensive curriculum where students take on classes in acting technique, scene study, voice & speech, Shakespeare, movement, improvisation and acting on camera. Stella Adler is one of the leading institutions in the field of acting around in the US and around the world. Past alumni include names such as Robert De Niro, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Marlon Brando and Harvey Keitel.


Reference Number: PDG10-21-031

Applicant: Karl Camilleri

Project Title: Porto Academy Summer School

Allocated funds (EUR): €1,605

The Porto Academy Summer School is a yearly event at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). The academy consists of a week-long series of lectures and workshops in which students have the chance to work closely with some of the most exciting architects from all over the world. Participants also attend masterclasses and keynote presentations by other special guest architects.


Reference Number: PDG33-21-095

Applicant: Ylenia Camilleri-Brennan

Project Title: Cinematography Certificate

Allocated funds (EUR): €1,040

The Cinematography Certificate is the ideal course for filmmakers who are keen to build their knowledge and experience of working in the camera department. By developing an understanding of all the key roles on set, students will complete the course with an enhanced perspective of the filmmaking process. Accordingly, this course would also benefit aspiring directors and filmmakers who have not yet worked in the camera department. Guided by experienced camera and lighting professionals, this practical and in-depth course provides training in various aspects of cinematography including lighting, camera operation, focus, field of depth, lens manipulation, DIT, colour correction and grading. All students will have the opportunity to practise the roles of the camera department on a short film in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera. Participants will also be introduced to grading and colour correction.