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Arts administrator

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Arts administrators help to organise events and exhibitions, manage staff, and look after buildings like theatres or museums.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays attending events or appointments

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How to become

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How to become an arts administrator

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

University

Many arts administrators are graduates but it's not essential. Most subjects are accepted though you may have an advantage with a degree in:

  • arts management or arts administration
  • events and entertainment management
  • business studies

Employers value arts experience, knowledge and commitment as well as your degree. You should try to get relevant work experience through societies, volunteering, placements, internships or year in industry schemes.

Your university careers service can advise on suitable opportunities.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could do a course at college that would give you some of the skills and knowledge to apply for trainee arts administrator roles. As well as courses in creative or performing arts you could also consider subjects like:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Level 3 Certificate in Event Management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a general administration or events route, like an intermediate apprenticeship in administration or an events assistant intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Volunteering

Develop a network of contacts and show employers your commitment to the arts through volunteering or temporary work. You could:

  • help with student or community drama productions or concerts
  • work front of house or at box offices at arts centres, cinemas or theatres
  • get involved in community arts festivals and projects 

You can search for opportunities near you on sites like:

Direct Application

You could apply for jobs if you've got experience or qualifications in office administration, fundraising or marketing. An interest in the arts would also be helpful.

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Further information

You can find more advice about working in the arts through Arts Council England, and Creative Lives.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • arrange venues and make sure they are clean, secure and meet health and safety laws
  • book artists and performers
  • negotiate sponsorship and funding
  • promote events via different channels including social media, website and press advertising
  • help with paid and volunteer staff recruitment and training
  • manage budgets and keep records
  • organise ticket sales
  • carry out general administration

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a theatre, in a museum, at an art gallery or in the community.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become an arts officer or manager.

You could also take on freelance work or become a consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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