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AAAE connects its members to a world of colleagues, insights, research, and professional development opportunities.


AAAE Offers Five Membership Categories:

Institutional Membership ($500/year includes up to 2 faculty members; additional Affilliate faculty $50 each/year)
Open to graduate and undergraduate academic programs in arts and cultural administration, arts policy, and research that meet AAAE requirements. Institutional membership is subject to approval by the AAAE Credentials Committee and the AAAE Board. Each membership includes two named faculty, and institutions may choose to include affiliate faculty in the membership. Institutional Member Criteria and application below.

Developmental Membership ($350/year)
Intended for academic institutions contemplating or in the process of implementing arts administration or related programs that do not yet meet Institutional membership criteria.

Collaborator Membership ($300/year)
Available for organizations (or individuals representing organizations) that are unaffiliated with degree-granting programs, but want to connect and engage with the membership.

Individual Membership ($90/year)
Available for individuals who are not affiliated with degree-granting programs, but who are interested in education, research, policy, and practice in arts and cultural management. These individuals might be faculty members in academic programs, professional arts administrators, or scholars or researchers in unaffiliated departments or programs.

Student Membership ($30/year)
Available to individuals who are registered in college or university arts administration degree programs or in other degree programs who wish to contribute to and learn from the members of AAAE.

Please contact hello@artsadministration.org to become an AAAE member!


Member Benefits Include:

  • Institutional member program profiles at artsadministration.org, which receives more than 10,500 unique views per month. Members report it as an effective recruitment and outreach tool.
  • Members in all membership categories may vote on all membership matters (votes for up to 2 named faculty on the membership, plus votes for each paid Affilliate faculty associated with the membership) 
  • Collaborator member program/organization profile at artsadministration.org 
  • All paying AAAE members in good standing are eligible to be nominated to serve on the AAAE Board (including graduate student members). 
    • No more than one student can serve at a time, and students must be in a graduate program. This is not a designated Board position. Student Board members can continue Board service after graduating.
  • Access to members-only resources including the content repository and publications database
  • Access to post-conference presentations library
  • Ability to add publications and theses to publication database
  • Discounted rate for AAAE annual conference registration
  • Access to the members-only e-newsletter
  • Access to the members-only listserv
  • Reciprocal member rates for the ENCATC conference, and benefits from other partner organizations
  • Free job postings on AAAE's job board (The job boards receive more than 5,000 unique views per month)
  • Opportunity to review and provide feedback on emerging AAAE programs, documents, and policies
  • Eligibility to sit on AAAE Committees 
  • Authorization to use AAAE logo on institutional recruitment or identity marketing/outreach materials.

Please contact hello@artsadministration.org to become an AAAE member!


Institutional Membership Criteria:

  • A designated director with curricular oversight authority
  • Confer a graduate or undergraduate degree in arts administration or a related discipline, or confer a comparable academic credential determined acceptable by the board
  • A published arts administration curriculum approved by the program’s host department or college
  • Currently enrolled students at time of application

Institutional Membership Application

Application for Institutional membership is a one-time process; members need not re-apply year to year unless their programs have undergone significant structural change, or membership has lapsed for more than a year.