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

There are no formal entry requirements but most entrants have relevant degrees or work experience. You certainly need to have an interest in the arts.

Competition for jobs is fierce, because so many want to work in this field. There are jobs in various organisations including: local government, theatre, dance and opera companies, concert halls, art galleries, arts festivals and community arts projects.

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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Job Outlook 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.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
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.

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Career Area

Performing Arts