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 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 Updates

In 2018, Officials have undertaken research and preliminary consultations with the MPA companies. In addition, the Department of Communications and the Arts delivered an online survey with the arts sector and broader community, to canvas views on strengthening the MPA Framework.

Feedback received from MPA companies and the wider sector indicates there is support for changed arrangements.  The consultation contributed to the identification of opportunities to create an enhanced framework to better support Australia’s arts ecology.

These opportunities are outlined in the Major Performing Arts Consultation Paper. The Consultation Paper proposes a range of features to strengthen the arrangements and provide opportunities to create an enhanced framework that is better positioned for the future.

The MPA consultation forums were carried out in October and November 2018.

About the MPA Framework
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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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