Why Study Arts Administration
Why Study Arts Administration?

Pair your love of music with the practical education and experience you need for a career sharing music and artistic expression with the world as an arts administrator. You’ll learn key concepts in managing organizations and people, and how to apply these ideas specifically in a fine arts setting. Arts administration encompasses a wide range of careers, including managing performing groups, developing community arts organizations, leading programs and events for companies and organizations, or continuing professional education to become an industry attorney or executive.

Why Study Arts Administration

Why North Park?

Our bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in arts administration is a unique opportunity to develop your musicianship and performance repertoire alongside coursework in nonprofit management. You’ll gain invaluable experience through an arts administration internship in Chicago’s vibrant music scene. Faculty in both the School of Music and School of Business and Nonprofit Management offer expert teaching and coaching, ad you'll find support and mentorship in our close-knit campus community that will help you achieve your educational and career goals.

Careers in Arts Administration

  • Nonprofit music arts organization director
  • Music contractor
  • Music industry attorney (with additional study)
  • Record label executive
  • Event coordinator
  • Music journalist

Personal Attention

With a 13-to-1 student-faculty ratio, and most classes with well under 20 students, you’ll be able to build relationships with faculty in both the School of Music and the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. These professors and advisors will get to know you and help you find an arts administration internship and other opportunities to gain valuable practical experience.

Interesting Classes

Take advantage of North Park's expertise in both music and nonprofit education as you prepare for a career in arts administration. Specialized courses include:

  • Introduction to Arts Administration
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management
  • Internship in Arts Administration

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this program.

Performance Opportunities

As a member of one of North Park’s signature ensembles you’ll perform throughout the year on- and off-campus. Special annual events feature the choirs and instrumental groups, including the Fall Choral Concert, Festival of Lessons and Carols, Hymn Festival, and the opera or oratorio that is performed each spring.

Explore upcoming music events and performances.

Meet the Faculty

As dean, Dr. Craig Johnson is an arts administrator and educator in practice. He brings significant experience in a wide variety of musical settings to his classes, and ensures that all music students have excellent opportunities for performing and learning.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson and our School of Music faculty.

Craig Johnson, School of Music Professor
Beyond the Classroom

North Park offers you the opportunity to enhance your education by participating in opportunities outside the classroom, including: