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Karen Chandler

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The Arts Management Program continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  We are expanding our programs as well as the learning opportunities we offer our students.

Our newest offering is the music industry concentration, an optional part of the arts management major that prepares students for careers in the music industry through relevant coursework in areas such as record company operations, artist and venue management, legal issues, public relations, marketing and merchandising. 

Arts Management is an academic field of study as well as a career path for those interested in supporting the work of performing, visual and media artists. Arts managers learn a broad range of management and administrative skills, and apply those skills in their work with artists and arts institutions.

The curriculum for Arts Management includes studies in strategic planning, fund raising, grantwriting, programming, special event planning, marketing and audience development, board development, financial management and arts policy.  The curriculum includes hands-on experiences such as volunteering with arts organizations, semester-long internships and classes that involve creating and managing projects in the community.

The program has a close relationship with the School of Business and Economics. Through this alliance, students are provided with a strong foundation in business law, accounting and economics.

Who should consider the major or minor? Students who are interested in Art History, Historic Preservation, Studio Art, Theatre, Dance and Music who wish to combine work in an artistic discipline with management and administrative skills, and artists who wish to combine their artistic work with learning essential principles and practices to manage their careers, will make good candidates.  Additionally, students interested in Business, Economics, and Communications who wish to broaden their career choices to include the arts may be interested in a minor or double major.  Finally, managers, employees, directors and volunteers currently working with arts and cultural organizations who wish to become more effective at managing their organizations also make ideal candidates.

Thank you for considering the field of Arts Management…it’s an exciting time to be an arts manager and administrator!

Karen Chandler, Program Director & Associate Professor
Arts Management Program