STC Spring Awakening Photo: Brett Boardman
By bringing us into contact with high achievements they make us eager for achievements of our own. We come away from them [theatre, dance, orchestral or chamber concert] with a quickened interest in things, a deeper awareness of our own possibility and power. And all this we carry back into daily living and into the work we do ... David Malouf Writer


AMPAG, as the representative body of Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies, gives its member companies a national voice and presence. It was formed in 1999 because the companies saw a critical need to work together on policy issues across their art forms including ones which affect artistic quality and cost/revenue dynamics.

In 2015, AMPAG members attracted national (including regional and remote) audiences of 3.3 million, presented to 566,000 students through school programs and reached 99,000 participants through workshops, classes and seminars. The vast majority of MPAs engage in annual regional tours providing opportunities for access and participation (including creative skills development).

Live performance creates a rich and vibrant cultural life for all Australians. Increasingly performances can be accessed through digital media, extending their reach and creating ever larger audiences. At AMPAG, we work with our members to ensure they are adequately supported by government – federal, state and local – and are accessible to all Australians.

AMPAG’s mission is to promote awareness of the contribution of major performing arts to the community and to ensure that these companies are adequately supported by the government. By doing so, AMPAG helps guarantee their long-term success and their accessibility to all Australians.

AMPAG’s Work

AMPAG’s work includes:

  • working with government authorities and other organisations to improve and extend performing arts support in Australia
  • devising  relevant and strategic policies on issues that affect performing arts in Australia
  • preparing submissions to government inquiries and reviews on behalf of member companies
  • conducting an annual survey of sponsorship and donations to the major performing arts companies
  • creating a forum for company leaders to discuss shared issues
  • hosting the webpages for the MPA Education Network, and contributing to the network’s annual forum
  • investigating the opportunities of digital technology for the performing arts
  • speaking at public forums on current issues relating to the performing arts
  • conducting salary surveys within the performing arts sector.