Sample Cover Letter for an Employment Opportunity in the Arts
Are you applying for an arts-related position? A cover letter is an important piece of the on-paper first impression you'll give a potential employer. More importantly, it can provide a space to highlight details of your experience and special skills that might not be included in your resume.
What you include in your cover letter will be dependent on the open position and your unique background. If you're up for a position in the arts such as a studio assistant, your cover letter should include information relevant to the position. Take the time to personalize your letter so it shows the employer why you're a strong match for the job.
To get started, below is a sample cover letter for an arts position as well as a list of in-demand arts skills to include in your cover letter and resume.
Sample Cover Letter for an Arts Position
This is an example of a cover letter for an arts position. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
We now live in the digital age, so when emailing your cover letter and resume, list the position and your name in the subject line of the email (e.g., "Studio Assistant - Your Name"). You can use the body of the email to jump right into the salutation and letter.
If you have the opportunity to deliver a hard copy of your cover letter or have chosen to attach a PDF to your email, you should follow the more traditional format, which includes your contact information, the date, and the contact information for the hiring manager or person to whom you are writing at the top.
Sample Cover Letter for an Arts Position (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2018
Director, Human Resources
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lee,
The description you posted for a studio assistant parallels my interests and qualifications perfectly.
With my background in art and psychology, I am confident that I would make a very successful and creative studio assistant. Having worked for the non-profit organization CountyArts, I have been exposed to a number of aspects of the art world. My experience as an artist assistant at the Museum of Art demonstrates my capability of working with others through the creative process of production while meeting the challenges presented to me.
Also, my education in psychology has allowed me to learn the nuances of people and has provided me with good investigative and analytical skills that will suit your needs for customer assistance.
I would appreciate the opportunity to make a substantial contribution by exploring the business of applied art through your design firm.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to further discuss my candidacy and will call next week to see if we might arrange a time to speak. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Signature (hard copy letter)
In-Demand Skills for Arts Careers
When applying for a job, it's best to have a clear idea of the skills the employer is seeking in a candidate and highlight how you can meet and exceed those expectations. But when a job description is unclear, it can be helpful to have a list of in-demand skills to reference when writing your cover letter.
Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring for jobs in the arts. While the required skills vary by job, many positions in the arts require shared skill sets. Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships, and jobs held in your cover letters, resume, and job applications.
- Advocating for the Arts and Artists
- Aesthetic Sensibility
- Analyzing Legal Issues Impacting the Arts
- Analyzing Management Problems within Arts Organizations
- Analyzing Public Policy Issues Related to the Arts
- Appraising Artwork
- Arranging Displays
- Artistic Judgment
- Attention to Detail
- Audience Development
- Building Relationships with Patrons of the Arts
- Composing Publicity Announcements and Press Releases
- Coordinating Tours
- Coordinating Volunteers
- Critical Thinking
- Critiquing Artistic Expressions
- Delivering Presentations
- Developing Budgets
- Employing Fundraising Strategies
- Evaluating the Financial Status of Arts Organizations
- Identifying the Preferences of Specific Constituents of the Arts
- Instilling an Appreciation for Art
- Microsoft Excel
- Outlining Strategies for Marketing Artistic Entities
- Planning Events to Advance the Agenda of Arts Organizations
- Preparing Presentations
- Producing Publications for Artistic Entities
- Promoting Artists and Entertainers
- Proposing Solutions for Organizational Problems at Arts Entities
- Providing Constructive Criticism
- Receiving Criticism
- Recruiting Volunteers
- Securing Corporate Sponsorships
- Social Media Marketing for the Arts
- Ticket Sales
- Time Management
- Training Docents
- Verbal Communication
- Working Independently
- Writing Essays
- Writing Funding Proposals
- Writing Research Papers
- Writing Reviews of Exhibits and Performances