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Entertainment Manager 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 Entertainment Manager. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Entertainment managers plan events, book performers and arrange publicity. They may liaise with theatre directors, producers and film distribution companies, and organise the use of their facilities for conferences, meetings and parties.

Some managers work in an arts-based environment, such as in theatres and concert halls, or in venues such as cinemas and discos. Others may be events managers for large companies. Their main responsibility is to ensure that a wide range of activities (films, discos, plays, operas, bingo, conferences) will attract and entertain as large an audience or as many participants as possible. They may be expected to show a profit from paying customers.

Entertainment managers organise and oversee the work of assistants who are responsible for facilities within the venue. They also deal with complaints from the public and handle or monitor financial records. They may also keep personnel records, arrange training, and interview and supervise staff.

Hours and Environment:

Working hours can be very erratic and usually include working in the evenings and at weekends. Overall hours worked may be contracted at 40 during an active week but these may be concentrated over three or four days. During busy periods hours worked may be considerably more. Some work may be seasonal.

Working environment depends on the venue. In larger venues, entertainment manager may have their own office.

Skills and Interests:

To be an entertainment manager you should:

  • enjoy working with people
  • be a good organiser
  • be able to produce new ideas
  • have good communication skills
  • have negotiation and marketing skills
  • be willing to take on a varied workload
  • have a knowledge of entertainment and alcohol licensing regulations
  • have an understanding of health and safety legislation
  • have an awareness of the access needs of other people.


There is no strict qualification route for this type of work. Qualifications will depend on the size and type of venue.

Entertainment management is a career in which experience plays a significant role. Experience through relevant clubs or student union entertainments can be useful, or working in venues in an administrative capacity. Management or supervisory experience of a general nature is necessary for some positions. Depending on the venue, many entrants will either follow an apprenticeship route or have a relevant degree, BTEC higher national diploma or a foundation degree in business, hospitality, leisure, cultural venue, arts or events management.

For a degree course the minimum entry requirements are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/three H grades. For a HND the requirement is four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus one A level/two H grades, or equivalent. For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education course may also be acceptable as an entry requirement. 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.

Entrants who have prior experience in the theatre as stage managers, actors or technicians may have a distinct advantage.


On-the-job taining may be available for some positions, and could include:

Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management qualifications
Institute of Sport and Recreation Management qualifications
City and Guilds in Recreation and Leisure
NVQs in Arts and Entertainment or Sport and Recreation
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).


Entertainment managers could work for private companies that run venues, hire venues on an ad hoc basis or for local authorities.

Local authorities may seek to expand leisure activities during the summer months or hold an annual arts festival. Local authorities often have full-time departments devoted to entertainment activities such as arts, music, dance, theatre, carnival, open-air shows or firework displays.

Private employers may be indoor or outdoor leisure centres or tour operators organising specialist holidays. Most large hotels, holiday camps and cruise liners employ entertainments staff to assist with organised activities.

Larger authorities and the larger companies offer good prospects and opportunities and they usually have well defined promotion paths.

With experience it may be possible to become self-employed.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

New entrants working seasonally can expect to earn about £10,000 with accommodation and meals provided. Entertainment managers working in leisure centres or similar organisations can expect to earn up to £17,500 a year.
Experienced managers in large organisations can earn in excess of £30,000.

Further information:

24 Stephenson Way
Tel: 0207 388 7755

The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management
ILAM House
Lower Basildon
Tel: 01491 874800

The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management
Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 226 474

Other Useful Entertainment Manager Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Entertainment Manager job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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