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What is the work like? An arts administrator is in charge of administration for the creative industries: this may include the visual and performing arts. The job involves promoting, supporting and any managing jobs. An arts administrator's job can vary, it all depends on who they work for, for example, if they worked in a small theatre they can get involved in a big range of tasks, but if they worked within a big theatre, they will tend to have a specified area that they would work within. Responsibilities may include: * Planning a programme, securing dates and venues * Booking artists and performers * Organising accommodation and transport * Dealing with internal and external correspondence * Event management * General management * Overseeing the maintenance * Looking after visitors, this includes directors, producers and artists * Coordinating front of house * PR activities * Identifying fund raising opportunities * Advising on contracts and terms of employment * Managing a budget * Filling out grant applications * Briefing on health and safety requirements * Dealing with performing rights and other legal requirements. Hours and environment Hours can vary depending on what job you are doing, for example administrators that are working on exhibitions or performances may need to work evenings and weekends, but other may work more regular hours, part time work is available. Many jobs are based in an office and larger owns, this may then involve a lot of travel. It is hard to say specifically what the working conditions are like, but it isn't the most glamorous. Part time work is available, most arts organisations offer support for worker with family commitments. Travel is frequent, absence from home is also likely, and overseas travel is not that common, unless the organisation take regular tours abroad. Salary and other benefits The below figures are only an estimate, because the actual pay rates can vary on the employer and also on where they live. ...read more.


A very experienced backing singer may earn up to 350 pounds for a three hour session. * For those appearing in a stage or television productions, Equity (the performers union) sets minimum rates for singers in various categories, for example, the rate for performances in London's west end is around 650 pounds a week for eight shows. The above figures are from the jobs4you website. Skills, qualities and interests A singer needs: * Musical talent * They need to be self discipline and to have determination * To be able to work with musicians, conductors or other singers * They need self confidence * To be prepared to work long hours * To be totally dedicated to what is a very demanding profession It is important to: * Be passionate about music * Enjoy performing to an audience. Getting a job Being a singer means that they will be entering a very competitive area of work, not many people work full time as a singer, most have a job on the side, to help pay for equipment. To be a singer they need to build up confidence by singing at every opportunity. They may be anything from pub gigs or school choirs. There are limited jobs as a classical singer; most opportunities are within opera, or maybe as a professional chorus singer. A classical singer can get experience in many ways, like festival competitions many successful careers are started this way. Singers, who sing ballads and pop music, may get advice from a talent agency. They have to be prepared to work at minimal wage, just to help them gain experience. All types of performers need to get singing lessons at a young age, some may not need to, but having them will improve the singer's innate talent. Networking sites have become very important for singers that want to get themselves known. Record companies may look through these sites to find new artists. ...read more.


285 pounds Session fees- 64 pounds Performance fee- 230 pounds Cover fee- 80 pounds Cut-off 2009- 960 pounds Subsistence- 75 pounds Ballet and dance From April 2007 for 12 months 326 pounds per week Opera and ballet stage management From April 2007 for 12 months Grade per week C&CSM 383 pounds SM 347 pounds DSM 318 pounds ASM 300 pounds Other allowances From April 2007 for 12 months Subsistence- 75 pounds Costume- 14 pounds Dress allowance- 9 pounds 50 West end performers- rates from 8th January 2007 Weekly minimum (8 shows) - 366 pounds 82 Weekly minimum (12 shows) - 429 pounds 86 The minimum rehearsal fee will not be less than 476 pounds 87 if your performance salary is higher than 476 pounds, in practice most singers engaged in musicals will be engaged at this pay or higher. Booth singers- minimum 45 pounds 85 per 3 hour session Commercial theatre- rates from 2nd April 2007 Weekly minimum Performance- 338 pounds Rehearsal- 314 pounds Small scale theatre- rates from 2nd April 2007 Minimum weekly salary Performance- 350 pounds Rehearsal 350 pounds BBC television- August 2007 Pop singer/ groups Minimum fee cover two days One artist- 571 pounds Two artists- 698 pounds Three artists- 817 pounds Up to four artists- 946 pounds Chorus singers Five hour session- 204 pounds Additional rehearsal on the day- 74 pounds for 3 hours Rehearsals on other days- 83 pounds for 3 hours Below is a breakdown of what percent of university students leave and then enter the world of performance. A company called prospects asked 5000 students what they went on to be: Arts, design, culture, media and sports professionals * Actors- 5.1% * Arts officers, producers and directors- 2.6% * Dancers and choreographers- 1.1% * Design associate professionals- 1.3% * Media associate professionals- 1.2% * Musical instrument players- 3.0% * Musicians- 1.2% * Other arts, media and sports professionals- 1.6% * Performing artists- 1.1% * Sound, photography, video and associated designers, operators and technicians- 2.1% Samantha Thomas 13tu2 ...read more.

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