Admin, HR, legal

Arts administrator

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

Annual Salary

£13,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Variable

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Arts administrator jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You could work at places like theatres, art galleries, community and disability arts organisations, or local authorities. You'll work in areas like accounting, fundraising, marketing, buildings management and customer care. 

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'll also usually be responsible for organising staff to make sure that the building is clean, secure and meets the venue's health and safety laws. 

You work will depend on the size of organisation you work for. In larger organisations, you may be responsible for just one area of work, or you may work across different departments.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university 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

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in community arts administration or advanced apprenticeship in arts management.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

Volunteering and experience

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.

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.

Further information

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


£13,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £13,000 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

Variable

Your working hours could vary and include evenings, late nights and weekends.

You'll work in an office and also travel to events and performances.

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

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
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