“Having all entertainment shut down during this pandemic opened my eyes that we’re one of the few, if not the only industry not represented by an association. This is long overdue,” stated Howard Keith from Jagged House Music Co, as he gave his view on the launch of the Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association, MEIA.
The MEIA is a new association that was launched with help from the Chamber of Commerce.
The MEIA said in a statement published on Thursday that the call was made to all creators, performers, promoters, producers, suppliers, cultural educators & all technical people who work in the entertainment industry & Arts covering all the different sectors including Music, theatre, Dance, Film, Art & Fashion.
The aim of the association is to unite all parties involved in the entertainment industry, anyone who has an interest in the various sectors within this industry.
“Cultural education is one of the pillars of performing arts. I’m glad to be joining other schools & colleagues come together as one voice.” Lorraine Aquilina – SOPA
“This is s step in the right direction to come together as one voice alongside other sectors. In unity, only strength” – Felix Busutill – YADA
MEIA said it will be a non-profit organisation and its main aims will be those of helping its members fight for their rights, ensure a level playing field attitude across the board and help improve the general situation of the entertainment industry in Malta, aiming at improving the local industry further.
“Being a female artist has definitely taught me that one has to fight harder to get things done but it has also taught me it’s good to good to have someone have your back just like this association will have our backs when we need it” – Ira Losco –Singer/ Songwriter
“The cultural and creative sectors generate 7.9% of the GVA created by the Maltese economy. Having an association representing the arts & entertainment industry is important to bring together the hundreds of freelancers & small businesses that shape the growth of the sector” Toni Attard, director and founder of Culture Venture
The first phase of the Association will be revolving around the initial interest and membership in the Association.
The Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association clarified that the association does not belong to anyone, one person, company or group of individuals.
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