8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
There are no artists unions in Malta. Members of the National Orchestra are affiliated to the General Workers Union. In 2010, APAP (Association for Performing Arts Practitioners) was established following the debate and disagreement on the development of the open air theatre in Valletta at the expense of a purposely built fully fledged performing arts venue. APAP now acts as a representative body for its members on various issues in relation to their professional or semi-professional work in the arts.
In recent years, a number of artists have created different art collectives to create collective arts projects.