Arts Administration

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Why Arts Administration?

Arts Administration combines passion for the arts with the business know-how that keeps them active and integral parts of our communities.  Arts administration is more than a career - it's a commitment to bringing joy, insight and inspiration to people's lives as only the arts can do.  A wide variety of opportunities abound for satisfying and rewarding careers in managing the arts - whether in the growing nonprofit sector or in for-profit entertainment-including: 

  • Entertainment Law
  • Venue Management 
  • Artist Management and Representation
  • Producing
  • Production Management
  • Stage Management
  • Touring Management
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Educational Programming
  • Artist Research and Development
  • Advocacy
  • Policy Development
  • Outreach
  • Gallery Management


Why Arts Administration at Rider?

Rider University is a smaller liberal-arts institution, which affords smaller classes, more individualized attention from faculty and a real sense of community.  Rider's undergraduate Arts Administration program provides a solid foundation-whether continuing on to graduate study, breaking directly into the field, or pursuing related fields such as:

  • Institutional Advancement
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching
  • Grantsmanship

No matter the direction, the Arts Administration experience at Rider sets students on a course for lifelong success!

Rider's quiet campus location-40 minutes from Philadelpha and just over an hour from Manhattan-makes for an ideal blend of traditional campus life and access to some of the finest performing and visual arts programming in the world.  Arts Administration at Rider takes advantage of its unique location by:

Drawing in top professionals to teach, guest lecture and network with students.
Recent guests have included:  The Tony-winning lead producers of the musical Memphis; top Broadway, film and television agents and casting directors; executives from Warner Brothers, Octone and other mainstream and independent recording labels.

Hosting networking events for students.

Placing interns in top arts institutions.
Recent internship placements include:  Live Nation; Boosey & Hawkes; International Creative Management; McCarter Theater; MTV; Harry Fox Agency; Princeton Festival; and many more.

Engaging top professionals through New York Networking.
Recent site visits and meetings include: Disney Theatricals; Imagem Records; ASCAP; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Actor's Equity; Recording Academy; Jazz at Lincoln Center; and NBC/Universal Television.

Building community among majors and across the University.
Arts Admin at Rider is a hub of arts activity, generating exciting multi-arts projects including: an annual campus-wide arts festival; coffeehouse events; networking events; concerts; and more.

A Balanced, Integrated, Student-Centered Approach
Arts Administration at Rider is unique among undergraduate programs in the country. It is specifically designed to fully integrate artistic and business components to instill real-world insight and skill-sets.  A balance of theoretical and practical-across the curriculum and among the faculty-helps students understand foundational assumptions and theories and how to apply them in practice.

Rider's commitment to Arts Administration is evidenced in desginated space (the Arts Administration Center) and resources that afford our majors unique opportunities to enhance learning, build community and expand networking capacity.  Resources support the student-run Arts Management Association, Arts Admin Ensemble, and a variety of networking and other events each year.


For admission information, call 609-896-5042 or visit

For more information about the program, call 609-896-5246.