Major Matters


 


​Stage and screen critical links

​Stage and screen critical links

AMPAG’s submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the Australian film and television industry highlights the valuable interconnectedness of stage and screen.

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Strengthen nexus between the Arts and Australia's foreign policy

Strengthen nexus between the Arts and Australia's foreign policy

The Australian Government is developing a foreign policy white paper — the first since 2003. AMPAG is advocating that setting cultural diplomacy as a key pillar of an updated foreign policy would advance Australia’s security interests, business and cultural prosperity in a rapidly changing world.

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​Arts & Education: the value of deeper engagement

​Arts & Education: the value of deeper engagement

This case study explores the benefits of long-term dance engagement with St Kilda Primary, an inner city multicultural school in Melbourne who have been working with The Australian Ballet Education over 10 years.

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STEM Agenda too narrow

STEM Agenda too narrow

101 submissions to the House of Representatives Committee for Innovation and Creativity -workforce for the new economy includes a number of evidence-based submissions highlighting the importance of arts and humanities and the danger in siloing the creatives out of a creative innovation agenda.

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Inclusion is a Human Right

Inclusion is a Human Right

​Anke Timm’s, recipient of the Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship shares her insights towards realising the potential of Human-Centred Design in the Arts and Cultures

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The Circle of Cultural Exchange

The Circle of Cultural Exchange

In the sixth of our series of collaboration case studies, we look at Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle produced in association with The National Theatre of China.

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Doors Shut to Students in Creative Industries

Doors Shut to Students in Creative Industries

The Federal Education Minister issued an open letter to the Arts sector on the proposed VET Student Loan scheme restating his issues rather than addressing the sector’s concerns.

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Strings and Voices in the Tropics

Strings and Voices in the Tropics

Our latest collaboration case study examines the ongoing work between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Gondwana Choirs in far north Queensland.

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Blue Roo meets OperaQ

Blue Roo meets OperaQ

In 2013, a creative partnership was formed between Blue Roo Theatre Company Inc. and Opera Queensland.

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Why Should You Care About Art?

Why Should You Care About Art?

David Robertson gives the Stuart Challender Talk

'We have been duped into thinking that looking at a picture of an artwork or listening to a recording of a piece of music will provide us with the essential elements of artistic nourishment; like some sort of fast food fix, we let the superb convenience lull us into a false sense that we are experiencing something equivalent to the live interaction.'

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Where Are The Asian Australian Directors?

Where Are The Asian Australian Directors?

Recently Performance 4a and Sydney Theatre Company teamed up to address a significant issue - the shortage of trained theatre directors of Asian Australian background.

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A Powerful Collaboration

A Powerful Collaboration

The third in our series of collaborations takes a close look Queensland Theatre Company and Grin and Tonic’s production of the acclaimed and powerful celebration of Indigenous survival, The 7 Stages of Grieving.

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ASO-something different is happening

ASO-something different is happening

Knowing its audience and keeping its span of activity fresh and dynamic are two imperatives for an orchestra’s survivability into the future. ASO are tackling both of these head on.

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Rob Tannion

Rob Tannion

Artistic Director of Circus Oz, Rob Tannion interview- his background, why he was drawn to Circus Oz and his plans for the Company’s future.

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How WASO tackles audience challenges in a big state

How WASO tackles audience challenges in a big state

​Music Australia looks at the ways in which Australia’s state orchestras are seeking to build new audiences. Operating in a state of 2.6 million square kilometres, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra reaches out to its more far-flung audiences via a range of live broadcast platforms. Communities even in the Pilbara region are able to hear its performances. Written by Graham Strahle for Music Austrralia.

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AMPAG calls for more government support to tour

AMPAG calls for more government support to tour

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has called for more support for performing arts companies to tour regional Australia in its submission to the parliamentary Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia.

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Support for the arts enlightened says Gremillet

Support for the arts enlightened says Gremillet

The balance of support between government, philanthropists and corporate sponsorship is ‘what makes a sustainable and viable way of creating art’, according to André Gremillet, who soon leaves the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as its Managing Director to head up The Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio.

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Majors tour to China and Asia-Pacific region

Majors tour to China and Asia-Pacific region

Many of Australia’s major performing arts companies will travel to Asia this year and next, collaborating with companies, schools and academies in China, South Korea and New Zealand.

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The show must go on—keeping injury at bay

The show must go on—keeping injury at bay

Working at an elite level as an actor, musician or dancer, while artistically rewarding, is also physically and mentally demanding—and so, many major performing arts companies have a health and wellbeing program for artists and arts workers.

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​Take risks and back talent

​Take risks and back talent

‘If it’s true that we’re becoming more risk averse in our society, then we need to make sure that we’re still taking creative risks—and taking a leadership role in that respect.’

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Shared ambition unites arts and corporates in WA

Shared ambition unites arts and corporates in WA

This year has been filled with milestones for the performing arts in Western Australia. It is the 110th anniversary of Perth’s much-loved His Majesty’s Theatre, the historic performance venue for three major companies—West Australian Ballet (Australia’s oldest continuing ballet company, est. 1952), West Australian Opera (est. 1967) and West Australian Symphony Orchestra (est. 1928).

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Nevin paints a big picture

Nevin paints a big picture

'I am an absolute product of the government’s subsidised system and very proud to be saying so.’ Robyn Nevin—actor, artistic director, producer—believes the current system nurtures our creatives, and it is the ongoing support that enables them to stay in Australia and tell Australian stories.

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Majors gain traction in the regions

Majors gain traction in the regions

In the lead up to the Regional Arts Australia annual summit, Lindy Hume talks about regional communities cultural vibrancy and their genuine collaboration with Australia’s major performing arts companies.

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It's not all about the tickets

It's not all about the tickets

Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor, David Robertson, explained the reasons behind why he chose Sydney and the SSO, and the danger in putting too much value on audience numbers.

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​Us and us and us

​Us and us and us

A strong and vibrant theatre ecology is one that nurtures its talent, explores its creative expressions, and revitalises its work and its audience.

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​Shaping the board

​Shaping the board

In Australia, private sector support provided 14 per cent of total revenue of the major performing arts companies in 2012. And that support is on the rise.

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​It takes chutzpah, nous and planning

​It takes chutzpah, nous and planning

Raising philanthropic funds has become a highly sophisticated exercise in marketing, relationship building, strategic communication and business planning.

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When the House is Home

When the House is Home

What sort of relationship do the big performing arts venues have with the major performing arts companies? This is a question often raised, but not easily answered.

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The Shared Pursuit of Excellence

The Shared Pursuit of Excellence

​Now that the election is done and dusted, and the 2014 season launches of the country’s major performing arts companies roll out, it’s a good time to shed a little more light on the breadth and depth of artistic activity that the major performing arts companies are involved in both on and off stage.

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Working with Indigenous Children in Remote Communities

Working with Indigenous Children in Remote Communities

‘When working with an Indigenous community, be prepared to forget all your previous experience and knowledge because you know nothing about the issues in that particular community.’ So advised Frederick Copperwaite, co-founder and Artistic Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts Company, at the MPA Education Network forum, held in Sydney last month.

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Touring Overseas - An Impossible Dream?

Touring Overseas - An Impossible Dream?

Australian audiences have become very used to our major performing arts companies receiving rave reviews overseas. That international response has become part of our national creative identity, affirming we can cut it on the world’s mainstages—whether orchestral, dance, opera, circus or theatre.

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