AMPAG to close after 21 years

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group will wind up in September, making way for new methods of arts advocacy for the not-for-profit performing arts sector.

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), which represents 29 companies including Circus Oz, Queensland Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, is to wind up in late September.

In a statement released on Tuesday (28 July), Chair Mary Jo Capps AM said AMPAG would make way for a new, unified voice representing the not-for-profit performing arts sector more broadly.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts