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Arts Administrator Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Arts Administrator. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Arts Administrator
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Arts Administrator Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Arts administrators provide administrative support for cultural organisations or activities such as galleries, museums, theatres, arts festivals, arts centres, arts councils, disability arts organisations, regional arts boards and local authorities.

Depending on the organisation, the work can cover accountancy, fund-raising, publicity, organising exhibitions; and management of people, buildings and financial resources.

Administrators for arts centres, theatres, ballet, opera and concert halls may be involved publicity, accounts, managing programmes of events, dealing with visiting and resident companies, and general office work.

The Arts Councils in England, Wales and Scotland and the regional arts councils create policies for the arts, and administrators may be involved in the implementation of these policies.

Hours and Environment

Hours vary widely, but are usually 9am - 5pm. Administrators involved in exhibitions or events may work evenings or weekends.

Arts administrators are usually office-based, although working environments vary widely. Some administrators will spend most of their time in an office, others may need to travel to liaise with artists, other arts organisations or schools.

Skills and Interests

  • have an interest in the arts in general, or a particular art form
  • have administrative and computer skills
  • have good written and verbal communication skills
  • be able to prioritise work, solve problems and keep calm under pressure
  • be able to work both alone and as part of a team
  • have an understanding of grants and funding for the arts
  • have an awareness of how to make information accessible to a wide range of people


There are no specific entry requirements, but most arts administrators have a degree in an arts-related subject or, in some cases, business studies. A demonstrable interest in the arts and experience of voluntary work in an arts group or event may prove useful.

There is no upper age limit for this work. You may have an advantage in applying for jobs if you have experience in the arts, in administration or business, or have good IT skills.

Adults applying for full-time courses may be accepted without the usual entry requirements, particularly if they have relevant experience. They can prepare for courses by taking an Access course. Past experience can be put forward as evidence of competence, through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


A range of NVQs/SVQs is available, including:

Cultural Venue Operations (Level 2)
Cultural Venue Administration (Level 3)
Cultural Heritage Operations (Level 3)
Cultural Heritage (Level 4)
Cultural Heritage Management (Level 5).
Some universities and colleges run degrees in arts management or offer arts administration options on other related degree courses.
BTEC/SQA courses in business or arts management are available full- and part-time - check with colleges for the qualifications you will need.

For the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) exams you must have three GCSEs/S grades and two A levels/three H grades, or equivalent qualifications.

Full- and part-time postgraduate courses in arts management also exist.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Arts administrators work for galleries, museums, arts centres, theatres, performing arts organisations, festivals, disability arts organisations, local authorities and arts councils.

Promotion within small organisations is unlikely, although administrators can move to larger organisations. Experienced administrators may become arts managers or officers in their area of interest.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Arts administrators salary rates are usually in line with Civil Service rates.

New entrants earn around £7,800.Senior posts pay around £16,400.
Arts administrators with a strategic role may earn more than £20,000.

Further information

Arts Advice
Tel: 0800 093 0444

Arts Council England
14 Great Peter Street
Tel: 0845 300 6200

Scottish Arts Council
12 Manor Place
Tel: 0131 226 6051

The Arts Council of Wales
Museum Place
CF10 3NX
Tel: 029 2037 6500

The Northern Ireland Arts Council
Macneice House
77 Malone Road
Tel: 028 9038 5200

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
Student Services Office
16 Park Crescent
Tel:020 7612 7055

Association of British Orchestras
20 Rupert St
Tel: 020 7287 0333

Other Useful Arts Administrator Work Information

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