What is Arts Administration?

Arts Administration has many different names and an ever-evolving definition. Common keywords associated with arts administration are arts management, arts leadership, cultural management, cultural policy, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and the creative industries.

Arts administration is a viable career path in many parts of the world, including most of North American, Asia, Europe and South America. The business models of the cultural organizations that arts administrators work within vary greatly across countries. In the United States, arts and cultural organizations, such as galleries, museums, theatres and orchestras, can be established as for-profit or non-profit entities, or a hybrid of the two. For-profit organizations are created to generate a profit, and non-profit organizations are mission-driven entities created to serve the public good. The revenue generated by non-profit organizations goes directly back into the organization for programs and services to drive the mission. Non-profits do not have owners and are governed by a board of directors. Some organizations, such as social enterprises (organizations raising money for important causes), may have hybrid business models.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), there are more than 1.56 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, including public charities, private foundations, and other nonprofit organizations, an increase of 10,4 percent from 2005.

Arts Administration Employers

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

Career Options within Arts & Culture Organizations

Advertising
Advocacy & Cultural Policy
Community Arts
Consulting
Development/Fundraising
Education & Community Engagement
Film & Television
Finance
Management & Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Music/Events
Operations
Patron Services/Visitor Services
Programs/Program Development
Research/Analysis
Technology Management

 

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