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Arts Administrator

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€18k > 32
Junior Arts Administrator
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 32
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Responsible for the day-to-day running of arts and cultural organisations

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The management of a cultural organisations such as a theatres, orchestras or arts festivals can be broadly classed as arts administration.  
Most organisations need income from public and private sources to supplement box office receipts. Therefore, senior arts administrators are often involved in discussing and negotiating funding with a variety of people. For instance, they have meetings with relevant Arts Council staff, local Authority Arts Officers, and private sponsors.  
Arts administrators carry overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of their organisation. In venues such as theatres, they make sure that laws relating to licensing of bars and restaurants, performing rights and aspects of public safety are followed. The cleaning, maintenance and security of buildings are also their responsibility.  
Many organisations also have performers on tour, and it is usually the role of the arts administrator to fix dates, find venues, and organise travel and accommodation.  
Arts administrators also carry out personnel work. They help to select staff, negotiate contracts of employment, deal with problems relating to staff training and working conditions, and ensure equal opportunities practice.  
In some cultural organisations, the work of the arts administrator includes public relations work and the marketing of a range of services on offer to the public. For instance, they may write leaflets and programmes, discuss artwork with poster designers and make sure that material is delivered from the printers on time. The arts administrator will work closely with newspapers, radio and television to promote media coverage and interviews with performers and directors. In general, the smaller the organisation, the greater the variety of tasks each staff member undertakes.

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To be employed at a senior level, you will need a good knowledge and understanding of the particular Arts field in which you are employed. At a more junior level an interest in the arts is a bonus and IT skills usually essential. You should be well organised and good at managing your own time.  
Some smaller organisations may want someone who is flexible and skilled enough to cope with a wide variety of tasks, such as accounting, personnel and secretarial work. Additional skills such as driving or mathematical ability may be useful.

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Organisation: The Arts Council of Ireland
Address: 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 618 0200 CallSave 1850 392492
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Organisation: Arts Administration Studies, UCD
Address: Room JO12, John Henry Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 716 8625
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Art, Craft & Design
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