Arts Administration

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Jobs and Advanced Education

Students interested in arts administration jobs should plan to attend the yearly Arts and Culture Career Fair in Chicago in February.

When you're researching jobs, be sure to check on organizations' financial health with GuideStar. You'll find reviews there, plus when you set up a free account you'll have access to additional details on revenue, expenses, executives' salaries, and contact information.

If you're interested in working in a museum, subscribe to the MUSEUM-L listserv to get career advice, job notices, and information on continuing education opportunities.

Although a graduate degree isn't required for an entry-level position, having one may be necessary to move up in an organization. The Association of Arts Administration Educators has listings for more than 60 advanced degree programs in arts management.

Career Paths

Whether you're overseeing your own creative practice or handling the work of others, success depends on capable arts management. Museums, galleries, performing groups, arts centers, and theatres are on the lookout for enthusiastic people who can assist them in areas such as these:

  • Archiving
  • Artist Relations
  • Audience Development
  • Booking
  • Box Office Management
  • Business Operations
  • Collection Cataloging
  • Community Outreach
  • Contracts
  • Curation
  • Education
  • Events Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Front of House
  • Fund-raising
  • Gift Shop Services
  • Grants Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Library Management
  • Marketing
  • Membership Development
  • Operations
  • Patron Services
  • Programming
  • Public Information
  • Research
  • Scheduling
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth Services
More Assistance

Head to the Student Resources section on My.FAA for additional information and advice or make an appointment at The Career Center at Illinois for an individualized planning session. And seek out FAA's Writing Services for help with cover letters, résumés, grant applications, and other documents you'll need to get started in your profession.