ARCHIVED Media Releases

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AMPAG chair retires

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.  Read More

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.  Read More

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.  Read More

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.  Read More

National Cultural Policy creates certainty for majors

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group today welcomed the Federal Government’s release of Creative Australia, the new national cultural policy, and the $235 million attached to it.  Read More

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.   Read More

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.  Read More

Tax laws to recognise the international role of Australia鈥檚 major performing arts companies

Tax laws are being amended to recognise the international role of Australia’s major performing arts companies, with the introduction into Parliament of the new Tax Laws Amendment (Special Conditions for Not-for-profit Concessions) Bill 2012.  Read More

Philanthropic support of performing arts up on last year

Non-government support of the major performing arts companies has grown substantially in the past year, increasing by $10.8 million or 20 per cent to more than $65 million. Private sector support now comprises 15 per cent of total income for the companies (40 per cent from box office, 31 per cent government grants for core funding, 8 per cent grants for specific initiatives and 6 per cent other income). In 2010 private sector support represented 13 per cent of total MPA companies’ income.  Read More

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.   Read More