Major Performing Arts Framework

Under the National Framework for Governments’ Support of the Major Performing Arts Sector (the MPA Framework), the Australia Council administers funding to the 28 MPA companies on behalf of the Australian Government and state governments, at levels they set and agree to. The MPA companies receive funding to develop and present excellent artistic works and foster a vibrant and sustainable performing arts sector.

Download the A National MPA Framework (pdf) here    .

The Australia Council strengthens the arts ecology through the support and strategic development of regularly funded organisations by:

  • Managing funding relationships with multi-year funded organisations including 28 major performing arts companies to achieve the highest level of artistic practice and sustainability
  • Supporting arts organisations to lead in innovation, collaboration and development of original work
  • Supporting organisations to reflect on their artistic and cultural vibrancy
  • Offering a range of sector upskilling programs to build the capabilities of arts organisations and arts leaders
  • Strengthening sector knowledge, planning and forecasting through evidence based evaluation and data analysis.

MPA Framework Survey

The Department Department of Communications and the Arts are conducting an online survey  on the MPA Framework to gather broader sector feedback. This survey and the feedback from our meetings will be valuable in identifying opportunities with the current Framework to inform any proposed improvements. 

Major Performing Arts Companies Overview

Major Performing Arts Companies Background

List of Major Performing Arts Companies

Major Performing Arts Collaborative Arts Projects

MPA Panel Biographies

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