Advertising & Arts
Arts administrators plan and organise arts activities and make sure they are successful.
What does an Arts Administrator do?
Arts administrators plan and organise arts activities and make sure they are successful. In a senior arts administration role, you may also manage artistic and cultural venues such as theatres and art galleries.
As an arts administrator you could work for many different types of organisations, including:
- theatres or art galleries
- music festivals or concert venues
- opera houses or dance companies
- community and disability arts
- regional arts board or local authorities.
Your tasks would vary according to the size and type of organisation you work for, but could include:
- booking venues and artists
- working with all types of local arts bodies
- negotiating sponsorship and funding deals
- coordinating publicity and ticket sales
- writing for promotional publications or websites
- marketing activities through social media
- organising security and catering
- managing budgets and keeping records
- carrying out general administration.
In small galleries and arts centres you could be involved in the day-to-day running of the centre. In larger organisations, such as arts boards, you may specialise in one area, for example marketing, public relations or education.
Key skills and interests
To become an arts administrator, you would need:
- a general interest in the arts, or a particular branch such as theatre, dance or sculpture
- administration and computer skills
- good written and spoken communication skills
- the ability to organise and prioritise work
- problem solving skills
- good time-management skills.
Working hours and conditions
Your working hours may be irregular and include evenings, late nights and weekends. Your working hours will be based around the event or activity your planning or working on, often meaning overtime is needed.
You would have an office base, but you would also travel to events and performances, or to meet with artists, performers and other arts organisations.
How to become an Arts Administrator?
Entry Level Education
To become an arts administrator a bachelor's degree with a major in an area of the arts, followed by a postgraduate qualification in arts administration or arts management is commonly needed. You may also consider a degree that emphasises management or financial and business skills before specialising in arts administration postgraduate.
To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree.
Employment of arts administrators is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.