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  1. 1. Looking for a Career in Arts Administration?Your CVYou need to show a passion for the Arts (or your Art in particular) through years of practice, formaleducation or keen interests:  Go to concerts, festivals, theatres  Play in orchestras, sing in choirs  Visit art galleries & places of cultural & historical interestGet InvolvedSeek out opportunities to administrate events before you leave school / College / University as firstjobs & internships are very competitive & potential employers need evidence:  Volunteer to help a local ensemble  Organise a charity concert  Take your group on tour  Design publicity for an event  Write a blog or reviewsBe In TouchDo not be afraid to contact members of staff at organisations you would love to work for & ask toshadow them or ask about their career path & any advice they can offer. The arts admin world is verysmall so make contacts & build a positive reputation.Show CommitmentBe prepared to work for nothing or very little informally or as on an internship scheme for between 2weeks & 6 months. Try not to be hung up on the long term future; a common ‘way in’ is the short-term contract or maternity cover. Be a proactive intern / work experience placement and remembervery few arts administrators take lunch breaks.Seek OpportunitiesThere is no standard career ladder or standard job; you have to look for the opportunities out there &put yourself forward. Take jobs because you are interested in working for that organisation & the roleis interesting & challenging, not worried about where it might lead in the long run.Think It ThroughConsider carefully both the positive & negative aspects of working in the Arts:+ Massive adrenalin rush ‘on the night’- Limited social life working evenings & weekends+ Enormous job satisfaction- Low pay & long hours+ Enabling great artists to create & perform - Often regarded as inferior to the+ Bringing artists & audiences together artists / performers / academics working on thesame projects
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  1. 1. Looking for a Career in Arts Administration?Your CVYou need to show a passion for the Arts (or your Art in particular) through years of practice, formaleducation or keen interests:  Go to concerts, festivals, theatres  Play in orchestras, sing in choirs  Visit art galleries & places of cultural & historical interestGet InvolvedSeek out opportunities to administrate events before you leave school / College / University as firstjobs & internships are very competitive & potential employers need evidence:  Volunteer to help a local ensemble  Organise a charity concert  Take your group on tour  Design publicity for an event  Write a blog or reviewsBe In TouchDo not be afraid to contact members of staff at organisations you would love to work for & ask toshadow them or ask about their career path & any advice they can offer. The arts admin world is verysmall so make contacts & build a positive reputation.Show CommitmentBe prepared to work for nothing or very little informally or as on an internship scheme for between 2weeks & 6 months. Try not to be hung up on the long term future; a common ‘way in’ is the short-term contract or maternity cover. Be a proactive intern / work experience placement and remembervery few arts administrators take lunch breaks.Seek OpportunitiesThere is no standard career ladder or standard job; you have to look for the opportunities out there &put yourself forward. Take jobs because you are interested in working for that organisation & the roleis interesting & challenging, not worried about where it might lead in the long run.Think It ThroughConsider carefully both the positive & negative aspects of working in the Arts:+ Massive adrenalin rush ‘on the night’- Limited social life working evenings & weekends+ Enormous job satisfaction- Low pay & long hours+ Enabling great artists to create & perform - Often regarded as inferior to the+ Bringing artists & audiences together artists / performers / academics working on thesame projects
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