FAQ: How to become an Arts Administrator?
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
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,
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:
There will be a fair share of secretarial work but also the unique opportunity to work along side the Intendant
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org