Major Performing Arts Background
At the meeting of the then Cultural Ministers Council (CMC) in August 2000, Arts and Cultural Ministers agreed on the recommendations made in the Major Performing Arts Inquiry Final Report: Securing the Future. This included a commitment to maintaining a shared funding model through the MPA Policy, which was implemented in 2001. In August 2011 at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM), a revised MPA Framework was endorsed, with implementation occurring in 2012. The revised framework was entitled the National Framework for Governments’ Support of the Major Performing Arts Sector (the MPA Framework), under which the Australia Council administers annual core funding to 30 MPA companies on behalf of the Australian Government and state governments, at levels agreed to between federal and state arts ministers through the Meeting of Cultural Ministers forum.