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 organisations
prepare and submit funding applications
negotiate with artists and performers regarding contracts
coordinate arts programmes
coordinate sound and lighting, stage management and security, box office sales, distribution and sale of publications, public relations and catering
take part in the commissioning and purchasing of works of art
organise and promote exhibitions and events
help to develop and implement the organisation's strategic plans and marketing strategies
manage the organisation's human and financial resources, including budget preparation
provide an appropriate working environment for employees
liaise with the media
provide education services to the public
make recommendations on cultural grants
ensure compliance with corporate and legal requirements
provide 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.