Job Description

An Arts administrator manages activities and services which support the arts sector, involving projects and initiatives provided by:

  • theatres, galleries and museums;
  • community and disability arts organisations;
  • local authorities and arts councils.
  • arts festivals and centres;
  • dance companies;

An administrator in a small organisation may perform a variety of functions ranging from marketing and booking performers to finance and insurance matters. In larger organisations they may specialise in specific administrative areas such as programming, front-of-house management, public relations, marketing, education or sponsorship.

Experienced arts administrators may provide consultative support at managerial levels.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • planning and organising logistics related to events, buildings, performers/artists and other personnel;
  • planning and managing budgets;
  • selecting and training staff and negotiating contracts;
  • taking responsibility for operational management issues such as venue accessibility, health and safety issues and building maintenance;
  • using skills in arts-related law, accountancy, press liaison and public relations;
  • working to secure funding for venues or specific events;
  • writing, or contributing to, publications which accompany arts-related events and activities;
  • programming and booking performances and events, including arrangements for tours; 
  • development of new projects and initiatives in consultation with arts professionals and key stakeholders (e.g. local education authorities, local government and communities, venue directors and regional arts boards);
  • arranging performances, artists, venues, security, catering and sale of tickets;
  • marketing a performance or event through direct mail, advertising, use of a website, producing posters or publicity leaflets and attracting media coverage;
  • ensuring corporate and legal requirements are complied with, and reporting to the board of directors. 

At a more senior level, there may be some involvement in strategic planning and management decisions.



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.