Arts Administrator

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Arts administrators plan and organise activities and projects within the arts sector. These include festivals such as Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh International Festival or the Festival Fringe, as well as individual concerts, plays and tours. They also work in galleries, museums, theatres and arts centres.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

The starting salaries for arts administrators are around £15,000 a year for trainees or assistants. Experienced arts administrators can earn between £20,000 and £35,000 a year and upwards.

Increasingly, arts administrators start their career as unpaid interns in the hope of being in the right spot and having the right contacts when a paid post becomes available.


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Getting In

The number and scope of arts projects is growing year by year, but because so many want to work in this field there is fierce competition for jobs. Vacancies are in specialist magazines such as Arts Professional, Mailout, The Stage, and in the national press. See also websites such as MandyThe Stage and Creative Scotland.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which provides information, jobs and opportunities in all creative industries.


Courtesy of Creative Choices


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Website (2):
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Cultural Enterprise Office (Hub)
Tel: 0333 999 7989
Twitter: @CEOScotland

A specialist business development service for creative and cultural businesses and individuals. It has four offices, located in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, and Edinburgh.

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Career Area

Performing Arts

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Arts Administration

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