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8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 20 March 2024
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  1. Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities
  2. Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors

Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities

In boosting young people’s entrepreneurial skills, Arts Council Malta’s strategic tools is mainly business development with aim of creating an environment to:

  • empower cultural entrepreneurs to act as agents of change and resourceful visionaries organising cultural, financial, social and human capital, and generating revenue from cultural activities;
  • support creative practitioners to turn their artistic ideas and disciplines into sustainable economic activities

The actions supporting these aims are:

  • Invest €700,000 in creative entrepreneurship;
  • Invest €500,000 in games development;
  • Create a comprehensive cluster policy programme;
  • Manage a tax deductions programme for arts sponsorships;
  • Foster connections between the creative industries and businesses;
  • Collaborate with Malta Enterprise on bridging the gaps in areas of access to finance, skills and incentives;
  • Collaborate with the respective entities to address legislation and regulations impacting the production of cultural events;
  • Collaborate with the respective entities to address the legal status of the creative professional.


Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative  sectors

The CASE (Creative and Social Entrepreneurship) Malta Programme – International organisation In Place of War and Arts Council Malta partnered to develop a training and development programme for artists and creative practitioners in Malta. Following a series of focus groups and consultation sessions with artists, creatives and grassroots arts organisations in 2022, a bespoke programme was tailored to the needs of creatives working in Malta.  This is aimed build capacity, knowledge and skills that will enable opportunities for growth. The programme is open to Maltese creatives or those living and working in Malta. The CASE Programme is an international training and development programme for creative practitioners using social enterprise methods, developed through long-term collaboration with leading grass-roots cultural organisations worldwide. CASE is certified by the University of Manchester, UK. The programme is aimed towards Early Career and Mid Career artists and creatives, delivered in units, each containing several elements of learning that build throughout the programme into a working plan for action – this can be a business plan, a project idea or a funding application. The programme is a mixture of knowledge-exchange from other creatives worldwide, via case studies and videos, and practical exercises to help build skills. It aims to develop core skills required by all creative practitioners to run the ‘business’ of themselves. The objective is to build capacity by enabling learning which supports access to knowledge, tools and tips that directly impact those taking part. The programme will build as participants shape their ideas, using the shared knowledge and tools, and work towards presenting their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs from the In Place of War Network. Project ideas will compete for seed funding to kick-start the journey towards making these ideas a reality, with additional mentoring support on offer. The programme is running in different cycles with its completion at the end of 2024.