01/06/2021

Categories: Art & Design and Fine Art, Undergradute

Arts Management Jobs: The Skills you need for Success

Looking to grow your career in arts management? Do you have the right skills to get ahead? Heres a look at what it takes to become a leader in the arts sector.

There are many careers you can pursue with an arts management masters, including working as an artistic director, a program or project director, an arts development specialist, a special events coordinator, or an exhibition planner.

The scope is endless, but all of these roles require you to have a certain set of skills and attributes to be successful. If youre interested in arts management jobs that have massive career growth potential, professional development is key.

Here are the arts management skills youll need for progression:

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Strong knowledge of administration

One of the most important skills when working in art management jobs is understanding the inner workings of administration, including having planning and paperwork skills.

Time management is key, because youll be responsible for bringing everything together and ensuring people, tasks and events are coordinated seamlessly. So in order to progress into senior leadership, its important to get on with the more tedious elements of the job.

Events, shows and exhibitions wont be possible without administrative tasks being under control, so diligence in this area is vital.

Business management and financial planning

As well as understanding the importance of administrative tasks and planning, youll also need to have a good business head on you. Many arts management jobs require you to have some sort of business-related background, so you can approach projects with a commercial mind.

Ultimately, the arts world is about making viable and commercial events a reality, not only to benefit cultural growth, but economic growth for the sector.

This requires you to make smart business decisions, and work to a set budget to ensure finances are not negatively impacted. You may even be in charge of sourcing and attracting funding for future ventures.

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Interpersonal skills

One of the most fundamental arts management skills to focus on is your ability to interact with people. Working as an arts manager or director requires you to be around large teams of people, both in group settings and one-on-one situations.

That means youll need to brush up on those soft skills. These include your verbal and non-verbal communication (such as eye contact and body language), your listening skills, and leadership skills so you can inspire and encourage others in their role too.

People are the key to any successful event or project, so being able to work together is absolutely essential in this line of work.

Excellent sense of organisation

Being able to stay on top of deadlines and stick to a plan is a must, and is one of the best arts management skills to have.

If this isnt something that comes naturally to you, youll need to improve your organisation skills through forward planning and the use of schedules and project timelines.

Small actions can be helpful in staying organised, including always writing things down, decluttering your desk, creating a filing system, or using reminders for dates and deadlines.

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Teamwork and collaboration

Collaborative working is hugely beneficial to the arts world. So as well as having great interpersonal skills, you must also be able to manage teams and nurture a supportive and collaborative work culture.

Your job is much more than just getting on with others; its about helping others get on with their co-workers and encouraging people to work harmoniously together. This is especially key for events management and large-scale events, where you will be required to coordinate different suppliers, providers and organisations.

Do you have what it takes to work as an arts manager or director? Find out more about applying for a masters in September 2021 by visiting our MA Arts Management course page.

If you have further questions, please dont hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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