Artists Agent (Manager)

Occupation Information table
Overview: Artist's managers guide the business affairs of commercial and fine artists by negotiating with art dealers, advertising agents and corporations. They specify the terms, conditions and prices for the artist's services. They give career advice to the artists.
Duties: They manage the business affairs of fine and commercial artists by calling upon art dealers, studios and advertising agencies to determine if there is a demand for the artists' works.

They negotiate for the production of artworks, the details of the work, the price and delivery schedule. They advise artists about styles and themes that will best satisfy customers' needs.

They recommend to the artists those artistic themes that would make their works more appealing to the market place. Artist's managers confer with art dealers to arrange for showings of the artist's works.

They advise the artists about their potential earnings and how to best invest their time and effort. Artist's managers negotiate with private buyers of art works to arrange for customized orders.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Dance 
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Starting Salary: Salaries consist of commissions based on a percentage of the income their clients receive.
Salary Range (National Average): $39,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in business administration or marketing is the ideal educational preparation for this occupation, complemented by studies and interest in fine arts, commercial art and graphic design. Additional courses in business law and contracts, advertising, statistics and computer applications will strengthen your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.