Job NameArts administrator
Job DescriptionArts administrators help to organise events and exhibitions, manage staff, and look after buildings like theatres or museums.
Salary Low£13,000 Starter
Salary high:£50,000 Experienced
Typical hours:37 to 39 variable
Typical Hours per Day:evenings / weekends / bank holidays
attending events or appointments
How to become an Arts administrator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
Many arts administrators are graduates but it's not essential. Most subjects are accepted though you may have an advantage with a degree in:
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
Relevant skills and experience are valued by employers. You could get this through volunteering or temporary work like:
- helping with student or community drama productions or concerts
- working front of house or at box offices at arts centres, cinemas or theatres
- taking temporary jobs with arts festivals
Volunteering can help you to develop a network of contacts within the industry. Competition for jobs can be strong, so contacts may help you to find work.
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.
You can find more advice about working in the arts through Arts Council England, and Voluntary Arts.
You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of English language
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- an interest and knowledge of history
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- booking venues and artists
- negotiating sponsorship and funding
- promoting events and managing social media
- helping with staff training
- managing budgets and keeping records
- carrying out general administration and selling tickets
You could work in a theatre, in a museum or in an office.
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.