Karen Chandler, Director
About the Program
The field of arts management prepares students to become effective leaders, managers, and patrons in a wide array of visual and performing arts non-profit organizations and artistic enterprises within the creative sector. Students learn to support the work of performing, visual and media artists, and to develop a broad range of managerial, organizational, entrepreneurial, decision-making, and problem-solving skills in the areas of fund raising and grant writing, financial management, creativity, marketing and audience development, public relations, artistic and educational programming, event planning, policy, governance, and legal issues. These skills are then applied in students’ work with artists, institutions and enterprises through hands-on and practical training through volunteer and internship experiences. The program maintains close relationships with local and national arts institutions including Spoleto Festival USA, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the South Carolina Arts Alliance.
Full-time faculty, professional artists, and practicing arts industry leaders augment the perspectives in courses.
Music Industry Concentration
The optional music industry concentration prepares students for careers in the music industry through relevant coursework in areas such as record company operations, artist and venue management, legal issues, public relations, marketing and merchandising. The concentration requires 18 credit hours for arts management majors.