The Movement for Arts and Letters, or MAL, represents the thousands of professional artists, artisans, writers and cultural workers who aim to earn a living through the creation, execution and distribution of their work in the fields of music, dance, visual art, media art, circus art, literature and craftwork. MAL represents artists and organizations working in these disciplines, which all participate in the creation and distribution of an original, strong and distinctive culture. MAL unites seven national and thirteen regional arts and letters organizations. The Movement campaigns in favor of increasing the budgets of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Canada Council for the Arts and the production budgets of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).