Cultural Ministers agree to new performing arts framework

Brisbane’s Circa have been invited to become a Major Performing Arts company as the MPA Framework itself is set to be replaced.

A new National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP) Framework to support Australia’s performing arts sector was agreed upon at today’s annual Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide (Friday 11 October).

The new Framework will replace the existing Major Performing Arts (MPA) Framework, which currently supports the nation’s major orchestras, opera companies, ballet and theatre companies.

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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