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Opera Review

Opera Review

The Federal Government released the Opera Review Final Report on Wednesday 26 October. It includes 118 recommendations that comprehensively consider the artistic vibrancy, programming geographical reach, collaboration across MPA Opera companies and the wider arts, management and governance characteristics of each company as well as the role of the Major Performing Arts Panel (MPAP).

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The Rise of the Donor

The Rise of the Donor

AMPAG, with Australia Council support, has conducted its annual sponsorship and philanthropy survey of the major performing arts companies since 2001. These surveys reveal significant changes in private giving activity over this time.

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Australian Major Performing Arts Group AGM

Australian Major Performing Arts Group AGM

AMPAG Members at the AGM held on 31 May considered the impact of recent Australia Council grant announcements, the Live Performance Australia (LPA) analysis of funding changes on small to medium arts companies, and other reports arising from discussions in the sector.

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​Clarity, reliability and certainty are fundamental to maximise Arts sector outcomes.

​Clarity, reliability and certainty are fundamental to maximise Arts sector outcomes.

On Friday, the Australia Council announced the much anticipated results of its four year operational funding program valued at $28m per annum, just a week on from the Ministry of the Arts soft release of further $12m to Catalyst recipients and three days on from the Australia Council’s latest round of project grants valued at $11.2m.

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AMPAG response to the 2016/2017 Federal Budget

AMPAG response to the 2016/2017 Federal Budget

The 3 May 2016 Budget outlined the Federal Government’s plan to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial activities in a bid to transition Australia to a modern economy but remained silent on the role of the arts.

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2016 Federal Budget

2016 Federal Budget

It’s that time of year again. Budget time and what we asked for.

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Youth Theatre and Circus

Youth Theatre and Circus

MPA theatre and circus companies recognise the value and fragility of the youth theatre and circus sector.

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Major companies welcome new Minister for the Arts

Major companies welcome new Minister for the Arts

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has welcomed the new Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, saying it looked forward to exploring closer synergies with the communications portfolio.

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Private sector support for the arts continues to grow

Private sector support for the arts continues to grow

Revenue from private giving, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events in the major performing arts sector continued to grow in 2014, increasing by 9.7 per cent to $78.6 million from $71.7 million in 2013.

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Federal Budget

Federal Budget

There is a significant concern in the arts sector that the shift in funding from the Australia Council’s grant program to the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) will reduce the overall level of funds available to nurture and develop artistic vibrancy and opportunities for emerging artists in the small medium and independent sector.

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How does the Budget shape a strategic arts vision?

How does the Budget shape a strategic arts vision?

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) believes that the extent to which the cuts announced to Arts funding in the Budget will impact on arts innovation and vibrancy will take some time to fully understand.

While we are pleased that the major performing arts companies and key organisations triennial funding has been spared paring in the Budget, AMPAG is concerned about the inevitable broader impact to the arts sector of the $87.1 million in savings, including cuts to the Australia Council of $28.2 million.

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AMPAG Statement

AMPAG Statement

Each AMPAG company has its own Board and is responsible for its own governance.

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New AMPAG chair appointment

New AMPAG chair appointment

John Irving, who joined the AMPAG board in 2010 and has been chair of the State Theatre Company of South Australia since late 2007, begins his appointment as chair of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group today.

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The Arts Curriculum Gets the Nod

The Arts Curriculum Gets the Nod

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group welcomes the recent endorsement of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts by all Education Ministers.

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Private Sector Support Drops in 2012 for Major Performing Arts Companies

Private Sector Support Drops in 2012 for Major Performing Arts Companies

In its report released today, Tracking changes in corporate sponsorship and private donations, the Australian Major Performing Arts Group found that private sector support for the major performing arts companies had fallen in 2012 by 1.6 per cent ($1.1 million) compared with 2011.

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Budget Delivers on Promise for Performing Arts

Budget Delivers on Promise for Performing Arts

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group today welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget which delivers on its promises outlined in the recently announced Creative Australia arts and cultural policy.

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The Arts Are a Vital Force For Success in Asia

The Arts Are a Vital Force For Success in Asia

AMPAG welcomes recognition of cultural diplomacy and the role of the arts sector as a vital force that will underpin Australia's success in engaging with Asia in the century ahead.

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Major Performing Arts Companies are Robust and Well-Managed

Major Performing Arts Companies are Robust and Well-Managed

Australia's major performing arts companies are robust, stable and have continued to expand their city audiences in line with population growth, according to the latest Australian Council Snapshot of Major Performing Arts Company Key Trends released overnight.

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MPAs' Core Funding - Core Strength

MPAs' Core Funding - Core Strength

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has responded to the Australia Council Review report, commending the review team for its aim to create a stronger, more strategic Council.

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Arts sponsorship weathers economic downturn

Arts sponsorship weathers economic downturn

A report released today has found corporate sponsorship and private donations of Australia’s major performing arts companies, although remaining steady during the global economic downturn, show the sector’s future remains volatile.

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Election messages for the performing arts

Election messages for the performing arts

Endorsed by the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA), Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) and Live Performance Australia (LPA)

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