Who’s Who In The Office
The backbone of all dance companies consists of a team of arts administrators. This team works together to keep everything running smoothly. From the accountant to the company director, each job allows students, dancers, and instructors to fulfill their passion of dance. In many companies the administrative employees are responsible for multiple departments to help keep costs down.
How did you hear about the show, class, or company? By the artwork and creativity of the companies marketing department. Ads, flyers, logo wear, website, social media, and blogs are just a few of the items the marketing department creates to spread the word about their company.
The operation manager is responsible for coordinating tours, performance schedules, and helps with the company’s needs. They make sure all the dancers get their per diem, have pointe shoes, arraigns their transportation, and special appearances. They are the liaison to make sure everyones needs are covered and people are in the right place at the right time.
The development department keeps new and current customers excite about the company. They are a creative bunch that feverishly writes grants, plans fundraising events, and seeks out fans (donors) to donate, ultimately keeping the company alive and allowing the artist to be creative.
This department is not only good at math, but they strategically budget the income and expenses for the entire company. They make sure everyone gets paid and that company can thrive even in a tough economy.
From the ceiling to the floor the facility manager has got you covered. They make sure everything is safe, electronics are functioning properly, and the building is clean.
This branch of the arts administration team is responsible for communicating with the public. They informing the public about the companies upcoming events by write press releases or giving interviews. Every time you see an news article or catch a dance company on the evening news, you’ll know the PR team was doing their job!
Like a lot of responsibility? The company director oversees everyone in the administrative branch to make sure they are fulfilling the goals and mission of the company set by the executive director and artistic director. This person must be a good listener, able to communicate clearly, and make some tough decisions.
Take it from me, even though working in arts administration is a ton of work, being a part of making a dance company successful is quite rewarding… even if you’re not dancing on stage