Major Performing Arts Framework

National Performing Arts Partnership Touring Scan

The Final Report of the National Performing Arts Touring Scan is the first of two outputs of the National Touring  Scan. Support for a National Touring Scan was expressed through the Major Performing Arts Framework Public Consultations in 2018. Between January 14 and August 31, 2020, 87 consultations with 141 individuals took place across all states and territories. During these consultations, the sector expressed the need for better coordination and alignment of touring, both interstate and intrastate as a priority. 

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The Australian Government is proud to support Australia’s performing arts sector through the new National Performing Arts Partnership Framework.

The new Framework responds to the recommendations of the nationwide consultation process in 2018, which included 8,026 survey responses, 370 formal submissions and 15 forums across the country.

The Framework provides:

  • a clear approach to prioritising outcomes for the Australian performing arts sector, audiences and communities, such as growing First Nations arts
  • a pathway to expand the number of funded companies through a two stage invitation and assessment process
  • stability of funding through 4 + 4 year contracts, balanced with flexibility so governments can jointly respond to changing priorities
  • increased transparency and accountability through enhanced reporting
  • a new approach to rewarding artistic and organisational excellence.

The joint agreement between the Australian, state and territory governments will deliver sustainable arts funding into the future.

Find out more about the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework:

Find out more about the first and second phase of the consultation process


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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