Careers

An education in arts administration can serve as the conduit to a wide variety of career paths. As this innovative field continues to evolve, new career options are surfacing and a wider array of employers are seeking to hire creatives. This list is intended to serve as a general guide to potential careers and employers for the field of arts administration.

Arts Administration Employers

Artist Residencies Municipalities
Arts Councils Museums
Arts Education Centers Music Labels
Branding/PR Companies Opera Companies
Creative Business Incubators Orchestras
Cultural Ministries Presenters
Dance Companies Research/Analytic Firms
Festivals Streaming Services
Film Studios Theatre Companies
Foundations Television Networks
Galleries Think Tanks

Arts Administration Careers

Advertising

  • Broadcast media
  • Digital media
  • Product placement
  • Social media

Advocacy & Cultural Policy

  • Policy writer
  • Political liaison
  • Public speaking
  • Organizer

Community Arts

  • Public art services
  • Community outreach
  • Neighborhood and local government relations
  • Community planning

Consulting

  • Provide advice & expertise to local organizations
  • Project management
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Business plans/Strategic planning advice
  • Evaluation

Development/Fundraising

  • Donor relations
  • Grant writing
  • Events
  • Volunteer management

Education & Community Engagement

  • Partnerships
  • Community relations
  • Outreach
  • Curriculum development
  • Youth arts

Film & Television

  • Acquisitions
  • Distribution
  • Operations
  • Producing
  • Production management
  • Programming
  • Scheduling
  • Script development
  • Talent Management

Finance

  • Budgeting
  • Financial reports
  • Financial projections
  • Financial analysis
  • Accounting

Management & Leadership

  • Board relations
  • Strategic planning
  • Staff management
  • Organization development/Organizational culture

Marketing/Communications

  • Art direction
  • Branding¬†
  • Digital media
  • Media relations
  • Promotion
  • Publications
  • Public Relations
  • Social media

Music/Events

  • Festival management
  • Project management
  • Concert management
  • Touring
  • Contracts
  • Licensing
  • Publishing
  • Music distribution

Operations

  • Human resources and personnel management
  • Tour manager
  • Information technology

Patron Services/Visitor Services

  • Ticketing and box office
  • Accessibility
  • Visitor experience
  • Front of house management

Programs/Program Development

  • Artistic programming and booking
  • Curatorial and exhibition planning
  • Artist services

Research/Analysis

  • Consumer/Patron/Visitor Insights
  • Data analysis
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Market/Audience research

Technology Management

  • Augmented reality/Virtual reality
  • Cloud
  • Computer graphics
  • Information technology
  • Platforms