Coordinate and manage artistic and cultural venues, events and projects.

Arts Administrators and Managers are often required to undertake the following:

  • seek sponsorship and funding from federal, state, territory and local political bodies and community and industry organisations
  • prepare and submit funding applications; negotiate with artists and performers regarding contracts
  • coordinate arts programs
  • coordinate sound and lighting, stage management and security, box office sales, distribution and sale of publications, public relations and catering
  • take part in the commissioning and purchasing of works of art
  • organise and promote exhibitions and events
  • help to develop and implement an organisation's strategic plans and marketing strategies
  • manage an organisation's human and financial resources, including budget preparation
  • provide an appropriate working environment for employees
  • liaise with the media
  • provide education services to the public; make recommendations on cultural grants
  • ensure compliance with corporate and legal requirements
  • provide support in policy development and report to boards of directors
As an arts administrator, you could work for national performing arts companies, local councils, regional community arts centres, museums, galleries, orchestras and entrepreneurial organisations such as concert and theatrical promoters.
Arts Administrators and Managers also work for government departments and funding organisations such as the Australia Council. Some are self-employed or in partnerships. Opportunities will vary depending on the level of activity in the arts and media industries in regional and metropolitan centres.
The long-term job prospects for arts administrators are affected by the level of government funding and corporate sponsorship.

Source: myFuture


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Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. Relevant majors include:

  3. Postgraduate

    Postgraduate study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

    Relevant postgraduate courses include:

  4. Research

    Research study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

    Relevant research courses include: