Careers in Culture – Careers in Cultural Management

> "In the know": Definitions of common terms

You may find it hard to understand the some of the language and terms used in the cultural sector. Here is an explanation of some of the common terms:

AD
Artistic Director

ASO
Arts Service Organization

CEO
Chief Executive Officer

CMP
Creative Management Project

Cultural Management
The art of planning, organizing, leading, supervising and monitoring activities within the not-for-profit and for-profit arts, cultural sector. These activities include management and administration.

Development
Creating and undertaking long-term activities that provide new and ongoing revenue to an organization.

ED
Executive Director

Fundraising
All activities related to raising financial resources for a cause or an organization, whether proposal writing, direct mail, special events or other longer-term activities.

GM
General Manager

HR
Human Resources

NASO
National arts service organization

Not-for-profit
Organizations with Boards that return all revenues to the organization, not to individual owners/shareholders.

IT
Information technology

PR
Public Relations

Umbrella group
An organization that supports – and often, in matters of public policy, represents – other individual cultural organizations.