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Arts managers (alternately arts administrators) work in a variety of leadership roles in nonprofit, for-profit, community, and arts organizations. Depending on the role, arts managers may oversee budgets, engage in fundraising activities, plan events, negotiate contracts, and design arts education activities. They may also supervise staff, handle marketing, advertising, and public relations, implement and maintain office and information systems, handle legal issues (ensure corporate and legal requirements are complied with), report to the board of directors, or all of the above. Regardless of the specific role, this exciting career field appeals to individuals looking to combine their passion for the arts with business strategy.
Schools that Offer an Online MBA in Arts Management/Administration
A number of top schools offer programs that can prepare graduates for careers with major companies and organizations. And many of these programs are offered in flexible online or in hybrid formats. Online options include:
- Long Island University Post (LIU Post), BFA Arts Management/MBA
- Point Park University, Rowland School of Business, MBA Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management
- Southern Oregon University, School of Business, MBA Arts Management
- University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Wisconsin School of Business, MBA Arts Administration
A typical MBA in Arts Management takes just two years to complete, full-time, whereas some online and accelerated programs may be completed in as few as 16 months.
Employment and Salary Outlook for Arts Management/Administration MBAs
So what can graduates of Arts Management/Administration MBA programs expect when it comes to employment growth and salaries? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as part of the broad group “management occupations,” arts managers/administrators can expect projected employment growth of around 8% from 2016 to 2026. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 807,300 new jobs. “Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations,” reports the BLS.
At $102,590, the median annual wage for management occupations was the highest wage of all major occupational groups in May 2017. Note that individual salaries vary by geographic location, size of the company or organization, specific job title, and many other factors. For example, arts managers who worked primarily in fundraising and public relations averaged $111,280 in May 2017. Those living in DC and New York averaged $170,750 and $164,740, respectively. High performers, regardless of location, earned more than $208,000.
Conversely, arts managers who worked in advertising, promotions, and marketing averaged $129,830 in May 2017, and those living in New York and New Jersey averaged $172,540 and $148,540, respectively. High performing arts managers in this area also earned more than $208,000.
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