Arts Management

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Roles and Work Environment

The role of arts management (or administration) is to support art institutions to meet their institutional goals and requirements. For-profit and non-profit art institutions such as cultural organizations, theater, and opera houses need professionals in administrative roles to be responsible for a particular area in organizational development, such as marketing, fundraising, public relations, and public policy. These professionals manage and coordinate art activities in an organization, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills.  

Below is a sampling of roles you might find:

Examples of Arts Management Jobs:

  • Arts Directors
  • Communication Coordinator
  • Executive Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Program & Outreach Manager

Below are some additional resources to find opportunities:


Skills and Training

  • Financial and Budgetary Management
  • Fund Raising
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management

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On-Grounds

  • ARAD classes on Lou’s List
  • UVA Drama
  • Arts Board

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Applying and Interviewing

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes in arts management should provide the reader with your most pertinent qualifications, skills, and experiences relevant to the particular job to which you are applying to. Each resume and cover letter should be to the specific needs to the employer as stated in the job description. Employers seeking to fill arts management positions are generally looking for candidates with leadership experience, computer skills, written and verbal communication, and people who are organized, responsible, professional, and who have a first-hand knowledge and strong interest in the arts. You might want to emphasise these details in your resumes and cover letters.

Interviewing

The interviewing process varies with positions in this industry. Most questions will deal directly with your resume or will be behavioral questions, typical of any behavioral interview.

The following are some sample questions for an entry-level Arts Administration role.

  • What inspired you to work in the industry?
  • How has your training in music, theatre, or dance (if applicable) prepared you for a job at this company? What skills have you developed that can be used in this job?
  • Tell me about your experience working with artists or artistic pieces/projects.
  • What are some of the largest challenges you see with the arts today?

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