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New music and culture investments welcomed – but where is the creative road map?

New music and culture investments welcomed – but where is the creative road map?

Angelina Grein

The 2019 Budget highlights the urgent need for a roadmap for the future of the whole of the Australian Arts. AMPAG welcomes the Morrison Government’s commitment to addressing key gaps and challenges in the contemporary live music sector, but the Budget falls short of meaningful reform or investment for the whole of the Arts industry.

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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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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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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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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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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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