Arts administrators manage artistic and cultural venues such as theatres and art galleries.
Duties & Tasks
Arts administrators may perform the following tasks:seek sponsorship and funding from federal, state, territory and local governments as well as community and industry organisationsprepare and submit funding applicationsnegotiate with artists and performers regarding contractscoordinate arts programmescoordinate sound and lighting, stage management and security, box office sales, distribution and sale of publications, public relations and cateringtake part in the commissioning and purchasing of works of artorganise and promote exhibitions and eventshelp to develop and implement the organisation's strategic plans and marketing strategiesmanage the organisation's human and financial resources, including budget preparationprovide an appropriate working environment for employeesliaise with the mediaprovide education services to the publicmake recommendations on cultural grantsensure compliance with corporate and legal requirementsprovide support in policy development and report to the board of directors.
The duties of arts administrators vary according to the type of cultural or artistic environment in which they are employed, the level at which they are employed and the size of the organisation. In small organisations, arts administrators may be involved in all aspects, whereas in large organisations they usually specialise in one particular area such as marketing, education or seeking sponsorship.
- good oral and written communication skills able to relate to people of diverse backgrounds good organisational and management skills able to handle finances able to work under pressure and to deadlines able to work varying hours appreciation of the role of the arts in the community.