FAQ: How to become an Arts Administrator?

Ever so often, Bettina answers musician career related questions - this time it is all about the other side of the fence!

Today’s Intendants, Artistic planers, Artists Managers etc. have taken different routes to end up where they are now. The generation who are now around 45 were the first to study Cultural Management as such, but even equipped with a special University course, they all had to go through learning by doing which to my personal opinion is still the best you can do! 

During the course of the years, I interviewed many different people wanting to do work experience during their studies or right after and none of them failed to surprise. I met wonderful people who turned into great colleagues and I am very proud indeed to have helped them to lay the foundations of their careers! However some surprises were of a different kind… coming directly out of university they wanted to start right at the top - programming concerts, managing careers. An interesting test I then normally put candidates through is asking them to go and set up an orchestra on stage - most of them fail :-) What I am trying to say is; in order to become a good arts manager you need to have to start with the basics and keep eyes and ears open learning from the team which has embraced you! That is equally true for an internship or a first full time job (btw. actually the learning never stops - there always is something happening that you wouldn't have thought of!) 

Today I wanted to let you know about an amazing opportunity for everybody starting out in Arts Management! Come and learn the ropes from the best in the trade by getting yourself the position of Team Assistant to the Intendant of the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin (soon to be on HELLO STAGE as well of course!)

You will find a list of all responsibilities and qualifications in the following link: http://barenboim-said.com/files/upload/pdf/jobs/Ausschreibung_Teamassistenz_Intendanz.pdf

There will be a fair share of secretarial work but also the unique opportunity to work along side the Intendant  Ole Bækhøj on development and fundraising activities as well as initiating a circle of friends for the hall from scratch.

The Pierre Boulez Hall is currently still under construction and will open in spring 2017. It is located in the former depot for stage sets of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden together with the Barenboim-Said Akademie, which already began training young musicians from the Middle East this season. All of them are invited here on scholarships, in the spirit of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. From the next academic year onwards up to 90 young students from the Middle East will be enrolled in a four-year bachelor degree program in music, with a curriculum rooted in both music and the humanities.  Daniel Barenboim will be in charge of the academic and musical direction of the academy.

The Pierre Boulez Hall is in the eastern wing of the building, based on a design by Frank Gehry and named after the great composer, conductor and music theorist  Pierre Boulez, a longtime friend of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Akademie project.  The building is landmark protected as part of the historic ensemble on Bebelplatz; its exterior and the main parts of its interior will be restored.  The hall will add a much-needed venue to the Berlin music scene. It will seat about 650 people - depending on the set up of the stage and hall which is totally flexible. Everybody is anticipating a great acoustic -  overseen by chief acoustician is Yasuhisa Toyota. I don’t think I am giving away too much when spilling the beans that I heard that of course not only the students of the academy and the fantastic musicians from the Staatsoper will be performing at the new hall, but that there is a great season being planned just now which will include an amazing line up of a great chamber musicians, soloists and singers.

Hurry, your application needs to be with them by Jan 24th 2016.

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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