Malta: Discussions over rule allowing foreigners

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UKAM, the Maltese organization of composers, singers and authors calls for an urgent meeting. UKAM is against the participation of foreigners in the Maltese Song for Europe Festival and wants to convince the Maltasong Board of changing the rule that allows foreign composers.

The meeting will be held next Sunday, 7th November in Floriana. UKAM invited all Maltese composers, authors, singers and recording engineers who are interested in participating in the Song for Europe Festival 2005 to attend the meeting and give their constructive opinion .

On Sunday, UKAM will as well inform the Maltese press on their point of view. UKAM questions the following rule that allows foreigners in the competition:

Composers and authors who submit songs for this festival may be of any nationality participating in the Eurovision Song Contest whilst singers should be of Maltese Nationality. Nevertheless, singers having one Maltese parent, not necessarily residing in Malta, can participate in the Song for Europe Festival 2005.

Together with a number of composers, singers and authors, UKAM wants to protect the Maltese composers and is against foreign composers participating in the Song for Europe Festival 2005. On the other side, the Maltasong Board gets the support of other composers, singers and authors who are in favour of this rule. Certainly to be continued…

The Maltese Song for Europe Festival 2005 will be held on 18th and 19th February.

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