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Malta/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

A major share of cultural funding in Malta is distributed directly by government, either through the financing of its cultural agencies or else in direct capital projects, and increasingly through a number of funds addressing support for individuals and organisations in the cultural sector. As an overview, expenditure includes management and restoration of historical monuments and sites, national cultural institutions, archives, libraries, festivals, literature, film, public broadcasting, cultural expenditure by local councils, funding for events/projects and scholarships. The main budget is redistributed by arm's length bodies such as Heritage Malta, Arts Council Malta, Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, Manoel Theatre Management Committee, National Orchestra, St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. Additionally, another source of funding for public expenditure are the EU structural funds which locally have been mainly directed to capital projects for cultural heritage. Additional culture-related investment by the private sector has also been assisted through schemes targeting business development and tourism. The figures in the sections below account for the government's contribution to co-funding of EU funded projects only in the case of Structural Funds used for restoration, as these are a relatively substantial amount (1.15 Million of Government contribution in 2011).

Chapter published: 12-08-2015

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