What does MPA refer to?

Designation Criteria for a MPA Company

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  • means the following criteria that demonstrate that a major performing arts company is prominent and significant, and has a proven track record of:
  • ·presenting work of a high artistic quality;
  • ·fostering a vibrant and sustainable cultural sector, including building the sector’s economic and artistic potential through collaborations with small to medium performing arts companies on the development and/or presentation of works;
  • ·demonstrating a leadership role in the development of performing arts encompassing the development of artists, a commitment to the creation of professional development opportunities for young and emerging artists, artists in multicultural communities and Indigenous and artists with disabilities;
  • ·demonstrating a leadership role in the development of audiences including young and disadvantaged audiences, multicultural audiences and more equal access for people with a disability;
  • ·demonstrated commitment to engaging with audiences in regional communities;
  • ·being governed by a responsible board that plans future activities in accordance with best practice governance guidelines and with respect to the company’s financial capacity;
  • ·strong financial management which includes a mix of strong reserves, working capital and operating margin.
  • ·making ongoing improvements to its business which strengthen sustainability and reduce reliance on government subsidy over time including through productivity gains and establishing a broad income base comprising strong box office, sponsorship and philanthropy; and
  • achieving earned (non-grant) income of at least $1.6 million adjusted annually for CPI.

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