Why Study Arts Management?

    You have a passion for the arts and a brain for business. The Arts Management minor brings together the business and creative sides of the performing and visual arts, readying you for a range of career paths in the arts industries.

    Why Study Arts Management at MMC?

    The Arts Management minor provides you with broad foundational knowledge in the business of the arts, then lets you pursue your unique interests through courses like Beyond Broadway, History of Museums and Collections, and Producing for Creative Media. The minor directly complements majors in the arts and business, and it welcomes all students who want a behind-the-scenes look at careers in the arts. You’ll learn from accomplished professionals in the field, and tap into the cultural resources of New York City for projects, guest speakers, and field trips. Gain practical experience and build your resume through internships at dance and theatre companies, music venues, galleries and museums, arts advocacy organizations, artist management agencies, community centers, and alternative spaces.

    What You Will Learn

    • You will acquire a broad knowledge of how the arts are funded, managed, and presented in both nonprofit and for-profit arenas.
    • You’ll learn skills in marketing, publicity, budgeting, fundraising, and grant writing as they apply to the arts.
    • You’ll learn to identify and develop skills in leadership, effective communication, and organization.
    • You’ll gain an understanding of how social, economic, and political factors influence arts programs and institutions.
    • You’ll think creatively and critically about the mission of an arts organization, how it addresses issues of access, participation, and equity, and how it contributes to the wider community.
    • You’ll learn to think about your individual career path in a strategic way to keep pace with change and make a positive contribution to the field.



    • Ariella Bellingham '21

      The History and Mission of Arts Institutions was a very insightful course into the world of Theater Management. The professor, who has had several years of experience fundraising for various theatre companies, did an excellent job of teaching the class about the responsibilities, strategies, and obstacles that someone working in Theater Management must confront daily. He did this by providing us with case studies, by inviting guest lecturers from Broadway, and by assigning an end-of-the-year group project that allowed us to create our own nonprofit arts organization. From this course, I gained a comprehensive understanding of both Theatre Management and fundraising for nonprofit arts organizations.

      Ariella Bellingham ’21

      Class of 2021, Major in Art History, Minor in Studio Art

    • Abigail Grubb '18

      Through the connections fostered by the MMC and the variety of skill sets I learned within the Arts Management minor, I graduated ready to join the industry and make change. After graduation, I began working as a part-time contractor in development and fundraising for Musical Theatre Factory (MTF). Most recently, I have joined the team of CJAM Consulting LLC, a New York-based firm committed to arts, cultural and social justice institutions that foreground communities of color, honor legacy and contribute to economic vitality. Having the knowledge of all of the elements that go into producing theatre, as well as the elements that shape the very industry itself, has empowered me to create my own work and opportunities as a young Indigenous/Latina director. The connections and networking opportunities from my career in Arts Management have opened doors to advancing my directing career while paying me a living wage.

      Abigail Grubb ’18

      Class of 2018, Major in Theatre Arts with a Directing concentration, Minor in Arts Management

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    • Jillian Banks '20

      Taking classes within the Arts Management minor not only complemented my majors in Art and Art History but also assisted me in discovering how to employ my knowledge and skills while working in various cultural institutions throughout New York. In particular, The History of Museums and Collections offered me a new perspective on the historic and contemporary functions of the art world, which ultimately opened my eyes to the endless possibilities for academic and professional growth within the field. In fact, the invaluable information and experiences I took away from the course gave me the confidence necessary to succeed in my role as an Administrative Intern at the Queens Historical Society during my last semester at MMC.

      Jillian Banks ’20

      Class of 2020, Major in Art History and Art (double concentration in Studio Art and Graphic Design), Minor in Arts Management and Chemistry

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    Careers and Outcomes

    The Arts Management Minor prepares you for a variety of roles, including:

    Jobs and careers

    • Art Exhibit Coordinator
    • Agent or Artist Representative  
    • Business Manager  
    • Dance or Theatre Company Manager 
    • Digital Marketing Director  
    • Festival Producer  
    • Foundation Grants/Program Specialist  


    • Fundraiser  
    • Gallery or Studio Manager  
    • Museum Education Coordinator
    • Performing Arts Facilities Manager
    • Producer or Artistic Director  
    • Production or Tour Manager  
    • Publicity/Communications Director 

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