What do the Arts Admin team do?

The role of someone in the Theatre Admin team is extremely varied. They help with the development of new projects and make arrangements for tours and events as well as taking on marketing and planning responsibilities. 

What are the main responsibilities of Arts Admin?

  • Planning and organising certain aspects of events, buildings, performers or artists
  • Working to secure funding for venues or specific events
  • Arranging performances, artists, venues, security, catering and the sale of tickets
  • Marketing a performance or event through social media, direct mail, advertising, websites, posters or publicity leaflets and attracting media coverage
  • Planning and managing budgets
  • Taking responsibility for operational and office management issues such as venue accessibility, health and safety issues and building maintenance
  • Selecting and training staff
  • Introducing and maintaining office and information systems
  • Provide administration support to Managers and Directors
  • Ensure corporate and legal requirements are met

You can search admin roles using The Stage Jobs here. 

What qualifications do I need for an Arts Admin role?

It is advised that you gain either a degree, diploma or certificate in one of the following subjects to make you an ideal candidate for this position:

  • Performing arts
  • Arts administration options in other arts-related courses
  • Art history
  • Arts management
  • Business-related studies e.g. finance, marketing and human resources
  • English and literary studies
  • Events and entertainment management
  • Visual arts and design

Search training opportunities to gain a formal qualification in arts admin.

What skills do I need for an Arts Admin role?

  • Good communication, teamwork and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of and interest in the arts
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines and manage a number of projects at the same time and with accuracy
  • Knowledge of political and economic issues affecting the arts sector
  • Administrative skills and experience of working with budgets
  • Excellent IT skills including spreadsheets, social media and database management
  • High quality customer service 

What does a career in an Arts Admin role look like?

For a career in arts administration, experience is essential. Having administrative skills is not enough but with more specific experience in arts projects and events this will help you. Make sure to show your passion for theatre, this will make you stand out to potential employers.

Find out more general careers information about the creative industries here. 

How much can I earn in an Arts Admin department? 

The starting salary for an Arts Administrator can range from £15K to £20K. Those more experience can earn up between £20K and £30K



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Published: 16 October 2019

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