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.
Revenue from corporate sponsorship, donations and net fundraising events within the major performing arts sector continues to track ahead of CPI levels, increasing by $15.4 million or 16.1 per cent on 2016 results to $111.1 million in 2017.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Revenue from private giving, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events in the major performing arts sector continued to grow in 2013, increasing by 11.3 per cent ($7.2 million) to $71.3 million on 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.