The 28 performing arts companies designated as major are united by their shared pursuit of excellence and a tireless commitment to art form and artist development. They build and develop audiences by removing barriers to participation and deepen engagement and creative exchange through community workshops and arts education. They also extend their reach through national and international touring.
Many of AMPAG’s member companies tour overseas—and invariably collect fabulous reviews in the media. This fact sheet highlights the most recent tours in 2014, with a selection of reviews from international critics.
High quality arts education inevitably reflects a strong partnership between the arts sector and schools. That is why AMPAG members take their role in education, in all its diversity, very seriously. Last year they reached almost 600,000 students around Australia.
Australia’s creative industries are a major source of revenue for the country—and our performing arts are no exception. As a group, the 28 major performing arts companies in Australia generated ticket sales with a box office revenue in 2012 of $203 million (an increase of $28 million on 2011). Total income from all activities was almost $470 million.
Australia’s arts and entertainment sector underpins cultural and social innovation, improves the quality of community life, is essential to maintaining our cities as world class attractors of talent and investment, and helps create ‘Brand Australia’ in the global marketplace of ideas.