The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry yesterday hosted the election and formal establishment of the Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA).
The election was held digitally, as the organisation held its first general meeting which was chaired by the President of The Malta Chamber Perit David Xuereb.
Addressing members from a variety of fields related to the Arts and Entertainment, Perit Xuereb noted that the formation of the MEIA augured well for the sector. “This is an impressive start to see so many high-profile and talented people offer their time to support this association and such an initiative. I’m excited about this association especially because it represents the creative sector which is integral to our future and how decisions are made.”
Newly elected President of the MEIA Howard Keith Debono, said “I believe we have a lot of valid people here and I certainly would like to see them all involved in some way or other. It took a pandemic to get the whole industry represented through an association with one common voice. This is long overdue. We’re all determined and want to start working immediately.”
The elected executive committee is formed as follows:
President – Howard Keith Debono
Vice-President - Toni Attard
General Secretary – Jeanine Rizzo
Assistant General Secretary – Olwyn Jo
Treasurer – Pawlu Borg Bonaci
Public Media Relations Officer – Mark Grech
Event Co-ordinator – Phillippa Cassar
Whilst the advisory committee elected is made up of :
Dance - Theresa Lungaro Mifsud
Theatre - Edward Mercieca
Music - Daniel Cauchi
Art & Fashion - Adrian Mizzi
Film - Abigail Mallia
Each advisory committee member is expected to form a sub-committee with a number of nominees in the respective sector as well as possibly add more members to widen the reach as much as possible.
The elected Executive Committee will reserve the right to change or add more advisory members if there's need to do so. These can be already existing entities, individuals representing a larger group, already formed or newly formed associations or foundations specific to a sector within the entertainment & Arts industry.
The general meeting was concluded with one final vote by the members approving the Statute to officially launch MEIA.